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Lark Mason Associates Asian Art sale rings up over $2.6 million
Chinese Archaic Jade and Bronze Dagger, from the Shang/Early Western Zhou Dynasty, which sky-rocketed to $450,000 from its original estimate of $5,000-8,000.

NEW YORK, NY.- With a very strong collection of archaic Chinese jades and Japanese weapons–two categories that rarely appear in large quantities at auction– Lark Mason Associates Asian Art sale, on, achieved $2,605,619 including buyer’s premium.

Says Lark Mason, “The items uniformly had provenances from esteemed collectors or dealers and the results bore out the importance with the top lot, a Chinese Archaic Jade and Bronze Dagger, from the Shang/Early Western Zhou Dynasty, which sky-rocketed to $450,000 from its original estimate of $5,000-8,000. According to Mason, there was a 98% sell-through of Japanese swords from the collection of Dr. Bob Clemons including the Wakizashi Katana Set, which sold for $18,125, double the original estimate.

Among the other pieces that soared above their estimates were: a Chinese strand of jade and turquoise beads, Liangzhu Culture, 3rd Millennium BC that fetched $150,000 over its $1,200-1,800 estimate; a Chinese Yellow Jade Figure of a Hound, from the Song Dynasty which was snapped up for $137,500, over its $6,000-9,000 estimate; a Chinese Yellow Jade Water Coupe with Rams, from the Qing Dynasty climbed to $121,875, exceeding its $10,000-15,000 estimate; a Chinese Celadon Jade Cong realized $90,626, over the $4,000-6,000 estimate; a Chinese Archaic Jade Cylindrical Carving, Western Zhou Dynasty, climbed over its $700-1,000 estimate to ring up $58,751; and a Chinese Carved Celadon Jade Figure of a Bodhisattva that fetched $58,750, over the estimate $1,000-1500.

Additional sales climbed far beyond their original estimates including: a Chinese Mottled Jade Ax Blade Qi, Shang Dynasty sold for $57,500; an 18th century Chinese Mottled Celadon and Russet Jade Carved Figure of a Dragon and Phoenix fetched $40,013; Chinese Mottled Russet and Greyish White Jade Double Duck Carving went for $32,500; and a Shang Dynasty Chinese Jade Archaic Pendant, which rang up $32,500.

“With competitive bidding, the buyers for many of the top lots were primarily from Mainland China,” says Mason.

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