Hindman Auctions to present three days of Asian art sales

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Hindman Auctions to present three days of Asian art sales
Mahāprajñāpāramitā Sūtra (The Great Wisdom Sutra), Daihannyaharamitta-kyō, Volume 334. Estimate: $100,000 - $150,000.

CHICAGO, IL.- On September 23 to 25, Hindman Auctions will present three days of Asian Art sales offering more than 900 lots ranging from early Asian lacquer and pottery wares to late 19th through early 20th century precious stone carvings and paintings. The series will launch with Asian Works of Art on September 23, followed by Japanese Works of Art on September 24 and will conclude with an online sale on September 25.

Asian Works of Art | September 23

The September 23rd Asian Works of Art auction will present more than 350 lots of fine Chinese works of art and Chinese paintings with a selection of important Japanese and Himalayan art. Prominent collections include property from the collection of Al and Hazel Sullivan (Prospect, Kentucky), the collection of James and Ana Melikian, (Phoenix, Arizona) and the estate of Donna Wasserstrom, (Cleveland, Ohio). Other important collections include the collection of Leung Kum Wah, Ontario, Canada, and property from Palm Springs Art Museum, California, sold to support the care of collections and acquisition funds.

Highlighting the September 23rd Asian Works of Art auction will be Mahāprajñāpāramitā Sūtra (The Great Wisdom Sutra), Daihannyaharamitta-kyō, Volume 334, which is an extremely rare handwritten manuscript copy of scriptures translated and delivered by Xuanzang, written in Japan during the Nara period (lot 90; estimate: $100,000-150,000). Other notable items include a rare set of inscribed silver panels (lot 91; estimate: $80,000-120,000) from the Tang Dynasty, inscribed with an excerpt from the Guliang commentary to Chunqiu Zhuan. A Canton enamel on copper ‘Quails’ spittoon (lot 107; estimate: $30,000-50,000) and a pair of finely carved celadon jade cylindrical parfumiers (lot 142; estimate: $30,000 - $50,000) are also outstanding lots.

The sale will also feature striking sculptures such as a rare Khmer sandstone figure of Ganesha, which measures a little over a foot in height (lot 354; estimate: $60,000-80,000) and a Sino-Tibetan parcel-gilt bronze figure of Manjushri (lot 343; estimate: $25,000-35,000). Other exceptional pottery figures include a Sancai glazed pottery figure of a standing horse (lot 78; estimate: $20,000- $25,000), a painted pottery figure of a camel (lot 81; estimate: $10,000-20,000) and a pair of Sancai glazed pottery figures of Lokapalas (lot 87; $15,000-20,000).

Other noteworthy lots that will be offered are an 18th century white marble ‘Buddhist’ seal (lot 933; estimate: $6,000 - $8,000), a Qianlong period blue and a white porcelain ‘birthday’ bowl (lot 36; estimate: $5,000-7,000) and a fine green jadeite covered incense burner (lot 154; estimate: $10,000-20,000).

Japanese Works of Art | September 24

The Japanese Works of Art sale is comprised of more than 150 lots of fine antiques. Prominent collections featured in the sale include property from the estate of Professor Ethan D. Alyea, Jr., Bloomington, Indiana and property from the estate of William Sargent, Duluth, Minnesota.

An impressive group of samurai swords will be offered in this auction as well. The most notable piece from this group is a katana by Norishige (Gakumei), Kyoto (lot 651; estimate: $10,000-15,000).

Eye-catching vases will also be among the highlights. These include a fine blue ground cloisonné 'chrysanthemum' vase by Namikawa Yasuyuki of Kyoto (lot 617; estimate: $6,000-8,000), a fine Satsuma vase by Yabu Meizan (lot 604; estimate: $4,000-6,000) from the estate of Professor Ethan D. Alyea, Jr., Bloomington, Indiana and a pair of midnight blue ground cloisonné vases (lot 619; estimate: $3,000-5,000) from the estate of William Sargent, Duluth, Minnesota.

Additional exceptional objects include a patinated-bronze okimono of a cockerel, measuring approximately a foot and a half (lot 641; estimate: $8,000 - $10,00). Another spectacular lot is a fine mixed-metal incense burner and cover (lot 637; estimate: $5,000 - $6,000) from the Meiji period, which is made up of a rectangular section and raised on four elephant-head feet with its main body decorated with rectangular panels, each with mixed-metal ornamentation birds, butterflies and floral blossoms.

The sale will also offer a selection of stunning Japanese woodblock prints by various private collections.

Asian Works of Art Online | September 25

Hindman will also present an online-only Asian Works of Art sale which will feature a range of impressive ceramics, sculpture and furniture. Highlights include a set of Chinese huali dining table and chairs (lot 1121; estimate: $6,000-8,000), Landscape (lot 1101; estimate: $4,000-6,000), a hanging scroll attributed to Cao Zhibai; and a pair of Chinese blue and white porcelain double walled reticulated bowls (lot 822; estimate: $3,000-5,000).

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