iGavel Auctions

210 West Mill Street, New Braunfels, Texas 78130

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iGavel is an online Auction site dedicated solely to the sale of fine arts, antiques and collectibles offered by a network of independently owned auction houses, dealers, appraisers and other arts professionals. Sales are held in a traditional auction-catalog format entirely online. Each lot is accompanied by a number of images,  clear professional descriptions, and complete condition reports. Bidders can take part in an auction with confidence that they will win as our reserves are published as the starting bids. While bidding takes place online, some sales on iGavel host exhibitions or will...Read More
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  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Asia Week New York 2024 Rings Up Over 100.8M in Sales

    Chinese Famille Verte Plate, Kangxi period with stunning Butterfly and Flower decoration (Credit Ralph M. Chait Galleries Inc.) New York:   The 15th edition of Asia Week New York which concluded its nine- day run on March 22nd rang up $100,879,195M in combined sales between the twenty-one galleries and five auction houses. At press time, this figure includes twenty-two out of twenty-eight galleries (2 were non-selling shows) reporting and five out of six auction houses–Bonhams, Christie’s, Doyle, Heritage, and Sotheby’s. iGavelAuctions has three sales still running online.  “For our milestone 15th anniversary year, exhibitors have had an exhilarating week of visiting private collectors and museum curators from across the U.S., Europe and Asia,” said Brendan Lynch, chairman of Asia Week New York. “Sales were reported to be solid at both the auction houses and galleries.” To celebrate this great week of exhibitions, auctions and events, a gala reception co-hosted by Asia Week New York and the Asian Art Department of The Metropolitan Museum of Art took place at the Museum. Andrea Bayer, Deputy Director for Collections and Administration, Brendan Lynch and Mike D. Hearn, the Douglas Dillon Chairman of the Department of Asian Art welcomed the festive crowd of six hundred guests comprised of international collectors, curators, gallery owners, scholars and journalists who packed the imposing Great Hall. Here is a sampling of dealer feedback: Ancient and/or Contemporary Chinese Art  Steven Chait, of the venerable Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc. reported very good attendance with museum visits, including a group from the Dallas Museum of Art. “We had healthy sales of porcelain, wood sculpture, and Chinese export silver.  Sales were a notch better than last year, and though collectors from Hong Kong and Mainland China were less, we expect follow-up with the scouts who were here on their behalf.” “Alisan Fine Arts was thrilled to participate in Asia Week New York for the first time,” said Daniel Chen. “As our New York location has only recently opened, we are grateful for the incredibly warm welcome that Asia Week members and attendees gave us. We are happy to report that we…

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    Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of Asia Week New York, Lark Mason Associates Presents an Exceptional Quartet of Asian Art Auctions on iGavelAuctions.com

    A pair of Chinese Zitan, Cloisonne and Gilt Bronze Lantern Stands (Estimate: $100,000-150,000) New York NY: As Asia Week New York marks its milestone 15th anniversary, Lark Mason Associates is proud to announce an exceptional series of four Asian art auctions set to entice collectors worldwide. Hosted on iGavelAuctions.com, the auctions commence on March 12, 2024, and run through April 18, 2024. “As members of the Asia Week New York Association since its inception, we’re delighted to celebrate its 15th anniversary with this extraordinary array of Asian art auctions,” said Lark Mason. “Each of the sales features remarkable pieces that are sure to captivate a diverse range of collectors."  Totaling over 500 lots, the four sales include: The Shahmoon Family Collection of Asian, European and Other Works of Art on March 12th-April 2nd; Chinese and Other Asian Works of Art on March 19th -April 4th; The Collection of Charles A. Coolidge: Commander, American Legation, Peking, Circa 1900 on March 21st-April 9th; and Asian Paintings and Works of Art from the Collection of Bruce and Barbara Sullivan, on April 2nd -18th. The Shahmoon Collection boasts an eclectic selection of Chinese furniture, paintings, ceramics and works of art, alongside Western furniture, silver, bronzes, paintings and works of art from Solomon Shahmoon and his brother, the renowned property developers, and financiers in Shanghai during the peak of the early 20th century building boom. Their success was capped by the 1927 construction of the eight story Shahmoon Building dominating the Bund and sited above their Art Deco masterpiece, The Capitol Theater, which remains in the heart of Shanghai's vibrant business and nightlife community.  Solomon Shahmoon was a pillar of the business community in Shanghai until emigrating to the United States during the 1940s. He and his wife Hannah not only created and financed the architectural treasures of the Bund, but they were also collectors of Chinese and western works of art and their collection graced their Shanghai home as well as their new home in the United States. Among the sale’s highlights are a pair of Chinese Zitan, Cloisonne and Gilt Bronze Lantern Stands (Estimate:…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Celebrating 15 Years, Asia Week New York 2024 Welcomes Its Annual Gathering of International Galleries, Collectors, Scholars, and Asian Art Enthusiasts

    New York:  The Asia Week New York Association is delighted to announce the participation of  twenty-eight esteemed international galleries and six leading auction houses —Bonhams, Christie’s, Doyle, Heritage Auctions, iGavel, and Sotheby’s–in the 2024 edition of Asia Week New York.  Marking its 15th year in celebrating Asian art and culture, the exhibitions, and auctions will run from March 14th through March 22nd. Imperial Mughal, attributed to Dawlat, c.1635 Opaque pigments with gold on paper laid down on card Folio 32 x 47 cm; painting 26 x 37 cmCredit: Francesca GallowayLui Shou-KwanZen Painting 1970, A70-19 1970 Chinese ink & colour on paper 151.5x82.5cmCredit: Alisan Fine Arts This year, Asia Week New York welcomes back Carlton Rochell Asian Art and 19th Century Print Shop, both from New York; BachmannEckenstein from Switzerland; London dealer Francesca Galloway; and newcomer Alisan Fine Arts from Hong Kong. They and the other participating galleries and auction houses will present a breathtaking array of treasures featuring the rarest and finest examples of Asian porcelain, jewelry, textiles, paintings, ceramics, sculpture, bronzes, and prints from across Asia, dating from the second millennium BCE to the present.  “As we celebrate this noteworthy milestone, Asia Week New York thrives by upholding its tradition of presenting excellence across diverse fields,” says Brendan Lynch, chairman of Asia Week New York and co-director of Oliver Forge & Brendan Lynch, LLC, based in London. “Fifteen years and counting, this event is a testament to the enduring passion of collectors, curators and art aficionados for Asian art.” Organized by specialty, the following is the dealer roster:  Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art Art Passages (United States) Oliver Forge & Brendan Lynch LLC (England) Francesca Galloway (England) Kapoor Galleries (United States)  Thomas Murray (United States) Carlton Rochell Asian Art (United States) Ancient and/or Contemporary Chinese Art            19th Century Print Shop (United States) Alisan Fine Arts (Hong Kong) Fu Qiumeng Fine Art (United States) Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc. (United States)  INKstudio (United States/China) Kaikodo LLC (United States) Zetterquist Galleries (United States) Ancient and/or Contemporary Japanese Art The Art of Japan (United States) BachmannEckenstein (Switzerland) Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd. (United States) Egenolf…

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    Asia Week New York Zoom in on Unintended Consequences: An Overview of Objects of Addiction: Opium, Empire, and the Chinese Art Trade, at the Harvard Art Museums, Wednesday, December 13

    New York:  Asia Week New York, in collaboration with Harvard Art Museums, is delighted to present "Unintended Consequences: An Overview of “Objects of Addiction—Opium, Empire, and the Chinese Art Trade," now on display there through January 14, 2024. This intriguing webinar explores the interconnected histories of the opium trade and the Chinese art market from the late 18th to early 20th centuries. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, December 13, at 5:00 p.m. EST. Click here to register: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4YQwwwqHSEeB04GPjFVF5A Opium pipe, China, Qing dynasty to Republican period, inscribed with cyclical date corresponding to 1868 or 1928. Water buffalo horn, metal, and ceramic. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L.Winthrop, 1943.55.6. Photo: © President and Fellows of Harvard College; courtesy of the Harvard Art Museums. Dr. Sarah Laursen, curator of "Objects of Addiction: Opium, Empire, and the Chinese Art Trade” will lead the discussion, unveiling the intricate relationship between opium and Chinese art. This exploration sheds light on their profound impact on the global economy, cultural landscape, education, and, notably, public health and immigration—issues that continue to resonate today. The session will be moderated by Lark Mason, founder of iGavelAuctions. Dr. Laursen will provide a historical context to the complex opium and Chinese art trades, presenting a comprehensive timeline of events in China, Europe, and the United States.  The consequences of the Opium Wars, from the 18th-century illegal sale of Indian opium in China to the active involvement of Massachusetts merchants in the opium trade during the 19th century, will be highlighted. The discussion will also explore the growing interest in Chinese art in Europe and the United States post-Opium Wars, examining the formation of Chinese art collections in Massachusetts in the early 20th century. Artifacts from former opium traders' homes, such as the Forbes House Museum and Ipswich Museum and others, illustrate the prevailing taste for functional or decorative objects such as export ceramics and lacquer furnishings.  Newly available imperial palace treasures also prompted the collecting of ancient bronzes and jades unearthed from tombs. Dr. Laursen also draws parallels between China's historical opium crisis and the contemporary opioid epidemic…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    The Collection of Anne Eisenhower with Property from President and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower

    Impeccably elegant, the late Anne Eisenhower was a premier American interior designer, collector and philanthropist — “an icon of sophistication,” as one publication put it. So much so, that when her jewelry was auctioned at Christie’s earlier this year, the sale realized $11.5 million — in just 31 lots, the top being the iconic 1937 Van Cleef & Arpels “Jarretière” ruby and diamond bracelet once owned by Marlene Dietrich. It went for $4.5 million. Based in New York City, Eisenhower — who died in 2022 at age 73 — was also a member of one of the country’s prominent American families. A photograph shows two of President Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower’s grandchildren, Anne and Dwight David II, riding tricycles in front of the rounded South Portico of the White House on March 13, 1953. Closely following the success of the Christie’s sale is “The Collection of Anne Eisenhower with Property from President and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower,” an exhibition and online auction organized by Lark Mason Associates of New Braunfels and New York City.“We are very proud and excited to bring this collection to auction,” said founder and CEO Lark Mason. “Not only is there jewelry, furniture, clothing and other personal items curated exclusively from Anne’s Park Avenue apartment, there are remarkable objects from her grandparents. You just don’t get presidential things for sale. Ever.” Several of those Eisenhower items on exhibit in New Braunfels stand out: • Mother-of-pearl opera glasses, a gift to Mamie Eisenhower from Madame Chiang Kai-shek (estimate: $800-$1,200) Mother-of-pearl opera glasses, a gift to Mamie Eisenhower from Madame Chiang Kai-shek (estimate: $800-$1,200) • Mamie’s Portuguese Ferreira Marques silver tureen and tray (estimate: $3,000-$5,000) • Small Persian rug depicting a map of Iraq, a gift from that country to the president (estimate: $3,000-$5,000 Small Persian rug depicting a map of Iraq, a gift from that country to the president (estimate: $3,000-$5,000 • Sterling silver Reed and Barton presidential tea and coffee service, monogrammed with an E, with a dedication inscription to the president and first lady on the underside (estimate: $4,000-$6,000) • Sterling silver Paul Revere presidential…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, Lark Mason Associates and iGavelAuctions, Present an Iconic Interior Designer with Presidential Pedigree Featuring “The Collection of Anne Eisenhower” Including Property from President and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower

    New Braunfels TX: With their milestone 20th anniversary now underway, Lark Mason Associates is delighted to present The Collection of Anne Eisenhower with Property from President and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower, which goes live on iGavelAuctions.com, November 21st through December 19th, 2023.  This highly anticipated auction of the Estate of Barbara Anne Eisenhower, distinguished philanthropist, renowned interior designer, and granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower will captivate collectors and design aficionados with its exquisite treasures and historical significance. Bidders will eagerly vie for a chance to own pieces curated by a woman whose legacy spans both creative brilliance and charitable endeavors, making this auction a true celebration of her multifaceted life. Her grandfather, Dwight D. Eisenhower–born October 14, 1890–was the 34th President of the United States of America from 1953-1961. Prior to his presidency, Eisenhower was a five-star general in the United States Army during World War II and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe. He was known for his leadership skills, military prowess, and his pivotal role in shaping the post-war world order, including the establishment of NATO. As president, Eisenhower focused on fostering a strong economy, promoting peace, and navigating the challenges of the Cold War.  “With its significant historical and cultural importance, we are honored to celebrate our 20th anniversary by offering this remarkable collection of Anne Eisenhower, featuring historic items from President and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower,” says Lark Mason. According to Mason, several lectures will be held in conjunction with the sale, with a percentage of the proceeds donated by the family to benefit Luke’s Wings Inc. and the Eisenhower Birthplace & Sam Rayburn State Historic Sites. Among the highlights, many of which were gifted to President Eisenhower and his wife Mamie are: An Italian Lacca Povera Rococo Brass-mounted Painted Commode (Estimate: $3,000-5,000) An Italian Lacca Povera Rococo Brass-mounted Painted Commode (Estimate: $3,000-5,000) A Swedish Neo-Classical Painted and Parcel Gilt Console, 1st Quarter 19th century ($3,000-5,000) A Pair of circa 20th century Italian Specimen Marble Busts of Roman Emperors (Estimate: $15,000-25,000)A Small Persian Pictorial Map of Iraq Rug (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000), a gift from Iraq to…

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    From Post-Impressionist Paintings to Mythological Tapestries, Lark Mason Associates’ Fine and Decorative Arts Auction will Entice Collectors of all Persuasions

    New York NY and New Braunfels TX–Spanning the 17th through 20th centuries, an impressive array of Post-Impressionist paintings, tapestries, silver, and jewelry will be offered by Lark Mason Associates on iGavelAuctions.com from Tuesday, November 7 through Tuesday November 28, 2023.  Says Lark Mason, “We’re delighted to present our fine and decorative arts sale of excellent post-impressionist paintings which were carefully curated by the owner and represent the best version of each of the artist’s work. Tapestries seldom come up for sale and the group in this auction ranges from the 17th to 19th centuries. Rarely appearing at auction, silver collectors will be excit4ed by the sale's two extraordinary silver tea and coffee services. Both, though different, are inspired by Austrian Secessionist design and are of exceptional stylish and of wonderful quality. Overall, this sale consists of a wide swathe of collecting categories with something for every discerning taste." Among the highlights are: Rivière de Bélon Finistère, by Henry Moret (1856-1913), Oil on Canvas, 1909 (Estimate: $50,000-80,000)Le Cypres Sur la Colline, by Henri-Jean Guillaume Martin (1860-1943), Oil on Canvas (Estimate: $60,000-90,000) Le Rocher du Platin a Saint-Palais, by Armand Guillaumin (1841-1927), Oil on Canvas, ca. 1893 (Estimate: $30,000-40,000) La Chapelle, by Maxime Maufra (1861-1918), Oil on Canvas, 1897 (Estimate: $15,000-25,000) A large 17th century Paris Mythological Tapestry (Estimate: $8,000-12,000)A 22K Gold Statement Necklace, by Jean Mahie (Estimate: $10,000-15,000)A signed Turkish Hereke Silk Carpet (Estimate: $6,000-8,000)A British Sterling Silver Tankard with Decoration of a Battle, William Grundy, London, 1763  (Estimate: $1,200-1,800)A George IV Silver Presentation Basket, 1762 (Estimate: $1,500-2,500) An early 20th century French 44 Piece Sterling Silver Tea and Coffee Service, by Henri Soufflot and 24 Porcelain Cups (Estimate: $12,000-18,000) An early 20th century French 44 Piece Sterling Silver Tea and Coffee Service, by Henri Soufflot and 24 Porcelain Cups (Estimate: $12,000-18,000)An early 20th century Austro-Hungarian Silver Tea and Coffee Service (Estimate: $10,000-15,000) Editors Notes: The exhibition in New York will be held Tuesday, November 7 through Monday, November 27, 2023, Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., at 227 E 120th Street, 10035. The Texas exhibition opens Friday, November 17th through Monday, November 27th,…

  • Auction Result, Press Release
    Exceptional Sales Results Achieved at Lark Mason Associates Auction of Fine Jewelry and Fashion from the Estate of Mary A. Yturria

    New Braunfels, TX - Lark Mason Associates is delighted to announce the resounding success of the Fine Jewelry and Fashion auction featuring exquisite items from the esteemed Estate of Texas philanthropist Mary A. Yturria.  The sale, which closed on June 15th on the igavelauctions.com platform captivated collectors and art enthusiasts alike, resulting in an impressive total sales figure of $795,153, including buyer's premium. A 10.29 Carat Marquise Cut Three Diamond and Platinum Ring surpassed expectations and sold for $225,000, surpassing its estimated value of $125,000-175,000 This meticulously curated auction presented a thoughtfully selected array of fine jewelry and fashion pieces, garnering significant attention from bidders from the United States and Canada. Out of the 218 lots featured, an outstanding 214 lots were successfully sold, achieving an exceptional sell-through rate of 98%. The auction received an astounding total of 2,156 bids, demonstrating the widespread interest in the remarkable offerings presented. “We are thrilled with the impressive results of this auction, which reflect the high level of interest and enthusiasm generated by the offerings from the Estate of Mary A. Yturria, says Lark Mason.  “Mary and her husband Frank spearheaded many civic and art restoration projects in Brownsville, Texas and across the state of Texas, including the preservation of the endangered Texas ocelot and other native species and restoration of historic buildings throughout the Rio Grande Valley.” Several jewelry lots captured substantial attention and achieved exceptional prices, including a 10.29 Carat Marquise Cut Three Diamond and Platinum Ring surpassed expectations and sold for $225,000, surpassing its estimated value of $125,000-175,000; an exquisite pair of Jean Mahie 22 Karat Yellow Gold Cuff Bracelets fetched $41,250, exceeding its estimated value of $20,000-30,000; an Art Deco Emerald, Diamond, and Platinum Necklace from circa 1925 achieved $38,750; a pair of Diamond and Platinum Dangle Earrings achieved a final price of $20,000, surpassing its estimated range of $10,000-20,000; a Jean Mahie 22 Karat Yellow Gold Collar Necklace sold for $18,125, exceeding its estimated value of $10,000-15,000; a Chanel J12 Ceramic Stainless-Steel Ruby and Diamond Set Watch far surpassed expectations, achieving $15,625, well beyond its estimated range of…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Lark Mason Associates Presents a Summer Sale of Paintings, Prints, and Other Fine and Decorative Works of Art, Now Open for Bidding on iGavelAuctions.com

    New York, NY - June 20, 2023 - Lark Mason Associates has announced that its exciting summer sale is now open for bidding on the iGavelAuctions.com platform. Running until June 29th, this auction showcases a captivating array of over 300 interesting and varied objects, all offered at low reserves. Art enthusiasts and collectors alike will find this event an exceptional opportunity to discover new pieces to enhance their collections or embark on a thrilling collecting journey. Porfirio Salinas, Hill Country Landscape with Bluebonnets, oil on canvas (Estimate: $5,000-8,000) Commenting on the sale, Lark Mason III says: "We are delighted to present this eclectic collection of fine and decorative arts to our valued clients. With a wide range of objects and attractive estimates, this sale offers an excellent chance to acquire both fine and decorative artworks. Whether you are an experienced collector or just starting out, we invite you to explore and participate in this diverse auction." A few of the standout highlights in the New York sales room include a Chinese Carved Pale Celadon Marriage Bowl (Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000); Cindy Sherman’s Homage to Claude Cahun, a silver gelatin print, 2004 (Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000); and Portrait of Arthur B. Davies, an oil-on-canvas by George Luks (Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000). In the New Braunfels’ gallery notable offerings include three oil paintings by the American artist Porfirio Salinas including Hill Country Landscape with Bluebonnets (Estimate: $5,000-8,000); Jerome Arizona, by Kenny McKenna (Estimate: $6,000-9,000); a Criterion Style Music Box and Stand (Estimate: $6,000-8,000); a Pair of  19th Century Gilt Bronze, Marble Topped Gueridons (Estimate: $3,000-5,000) and a Jaeger LeCoultre 18K White Gold and Diamond Ladies Cocktail Watch (Estimate: $3,000/5,000). For those located in the New York area, the selection of items can be viewed by appointment at the New York gallery, located at 229 E 120th Street, New York, NY 10035. For additional information email: [email protected] or call: 212-289-5588. Additionally, a selection of artworks will be on exhibition at the Texas gallery, located at 210 West Mill St., New Braunfels, TX 78130. Visitors are welcome from Tuesday to Saturday, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Lark Mason Associates Announces A Gem Of A Sale From The Estate Of Mary Yturria, Renowned Texan Style-Setter And Philanthropist

    New Braunfels TX: Lark Mason Associates is delighted to present Fine Jewelry  and Fashion from the Estate of Mary Yturria on iGavelAuctions.com, which opens for online bidding on May 30th through June 15th. A Vintage Emerald, Diamond, and Platinum Necklace with European cut diamonds, (Estimate: $60,000-80,000) Says Lark Mason: “Mary was the quintessential style-setter in the 1950s and her jewelry and clothing reflects her sophisticated taste. As a stewardess for Pan Am Airlines during its heyday, she was able to experience the world and developed a love of China and Asia from her many trips abroad. She eventually met her husband Frank Yturria, whose ancestors were from one of Texas’ legendary ranching families.” According to Mason, the couple spearheaded many civic projects in Brownsville, Texas and across the state of Texas, including the preservation of the endangered Texas ocelot and other native species and restoration of historic buildings throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Mary and Frank were very active politically, supporting the arts, literacy, health, safety, and education.  Nearly 250 lots will be offered, Among the jewelry highlights are: a 10.00 Ct Marquise Cut Three Diamond and Platinum Ring, (Est: $125,000-175,000), a Vintage Emerald, Diamond, and Platinum Necklace with European cut diamonds, Estimate: $60,000-80,000), a pair of Jean Mahie High Karat Cuff Bracelets, 277 dwt, each hallmarked 22K and with makers mark, one with applied elements (Estimate: $20,000-30,000), a pair of Platinum and Diamond Dangle Earrings (Estimate: $10,000-20,000), a David Webb 18K Gold Graduated Rope Necklace (Estimate: $10,000-15,000); a Chinese Green Jadeite Peach and Citron Carving with Gold Mounts and a Woven Gold Chain (Estimate: $10,000-15,000), a Cartier 18K Gold Panthere Men’s Watch (Estimate: $7,000-10,000), a Sterling Silver America Frances I Tea and Coffee Service and Tray (Estimate: $10,000-15,000) and a Chinese Pink and Green Tourmaline Gourds and Squirrels Carving with Gold Bail (Estimate: $700-1,000). Fashion accessories include over a dozen handbags, shoes, and belts, from Hermes, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Celine, Ferragamo, Valentino and Judith Leiber, with an assortment of clothing by Oscar de la Renta, Chanel, and James Galanos. The jewelry will be on view at Lark Mason Associates, 210…

  • Auction Result, Press Release
    Lark Mason Associates Triple-header of Asian Art Sales Nears $2.8 on iGavelAuctions.com

    New York:  Chinese and Other Asian Works of Art, the last in a trio of sales hosted by Lark Mason Associates on iGavelAuctions.com during Asia Week New York, rang up $1,349,458 bringing the total amount of online sales to $2,797,079 including buyer’s premium.  Says Lark Mason: “This season’s series of Asian art sales included masterworks across several categories with international collectors vying for rare Chinese textiles and clothing, ceramics, and jades, many of which achieved stunning prices.” According to Mason, Mainland Chinese collectors snapped up a number of items including a Pale Celadon Chinese Jade Ewer for $263,404, five times its estimate; Landscape with Beauties, a large early 20th century Chinese ink-on-paper and silk handscroll, for $231,250, ten times over its estimate; and a Pale Celadon Chinese Jade Boulder from the Qianlong Period  (1736-1795) which brought $143,750, exceeding its $40,000-60,000 estimate. The two other sales included Asian Works of Art from the Collection of the Dayton Art Institute, which achieved $204,803 and Property of An American Collector, Part II, which featured a collection of rare silk Chinese robes, rang up $1,242,818.  Though the Chinese robes had its share of competitive bidding, there were many other important works that attracted attention from Chinese and American buyers.  For example, a Qing Dynasty Chinese Amber Figure of Shoulao, was snapped up for $26,2500, three Chinese Carved Jade Birds, a Seal and Two Bangles, and a Jadeite Hair Ornament hammered $24,438, and a large 20th century Chinese Nine Peach and Blossoms Vase, sold for $22,500.  Each one exceeded their estimates by ten to twenty times. The Chinese robes attracted a great deal of attention, and among the top lots were  a rare Qing Dynasty, Manchu Empress’s Twelve Symbol Embroidered Yellow Gauze Robe, Jifu which sold for $100,001 ten times over estimate; a Rare Imperial Manchu Silk Gauze Semiformal Insignia Surcoat, Longgua, Qialong Period, hammering $90, 625; a 19th century Chinese Manchu Imperial Semi-Formal Apricot, 12-symbol Dragon Robe, Jifu, hammered $87,500, twenty times over estimate; and a Chinese Manchu Semi-Formal Twelve-Symbol Court Robe rang up $71,875, twenty times over its estimate. About Lark Mason With…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Asia Week New York 2023 Unveils an Abundance of Asian Art Treasures Each With a Fascinating Story to Tell

    NEW YORK–When twenty-six international galleries and six auction houses–Bonhams, Christies, Doyle, Heritage, iGavel, and Sotheby’s– open their doors for the 2023 edition of Asia Week New York, from March 16th  through 24th , an abundance of eye-alluring treasures are certain to entice the wide swath of collectors, curators, and connoisseurs who, over the past fourteen years, mark this exciting occasion as a must-attend event on their collective calendars. Says Dessa Goddard, chairman of Asia Week New York, “We are delighted to present the 2023 edition of Asia Week New York, which always provides such a rich cultural experience for Asian art enthusiasts of all stripes and are extremely proud that we continue to pay tribute to the many facets of Asian art in all its glorious forms.” Asia Week New York has attracted discerning collectors and connoisseurs drawn to the fascinating exhibitions—always free and open to the public—featuring the rarest and finest examples of Asian porcelain, jewelry, textiles, paintings, ceramics, sculpture, bronzes, and prints, from across the Asian world, dating from the second millennium BCE to the present. Organized by category, here are some of the not-to-be-missed highlights to be discovered at the participating galleries in March: Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc.FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE CHINESE ROSE VERTE PORCELAIN TIBETAN STYLE EWER Yongzheng period, AD 1723-1735 Ancient and/or Contemporary Chinese Art  In their Spring Exhibition of Chinese Porcelain and Works of Art Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc. shines a spotlight on this extremely rare Tibetan-style rose verte porcelain ewer, which is unique in form, size, made in the Youngzheng period (1723-1735).  Decorated with scenes of Daoist Immortals, it is superbly painted in bright enamels, heralding the beginning of famille rose and exemplifying the highest quality from this formative period.  16 East 52nd Street, Suite 1002. In their single-artist exhibition, Fung Ming Chip: Traces of Time, Fu Qiumeng Fine Art, features the Chinese artist Fung Ming Chip, a reformer of calligraphy, who has morphed a millennia-old tradition into a practice that reflects contemporary life. He has created more than one hundred calligraphic scripts throughout his career and practices calligraphy as a spatial-temporal…

  • Auction Industry
    A Guide to Asia Week New York Auctions in 2023

    The much-awaited annual Asia Week New York is around the corner. Top-notch international Asian art galleries and major auction houses will collaborate to celebrate Asian art and culture. The 2023 edition of Asia Week New York, now in its 14th year, will formally run from March 16 through March 24, 2023. An arrangement of lots available during Bonhams’ Asia Week New York auctions. Image courtesy of Bonhams. About Asia Week New York The Asia Week New York Association, formerly known as Asian Art Dealers of the Upper East Side, began with the collaboration of 16 galleries. Today, it has connections with major auction houses, dealers, museums, and institutions. The non-stop, fun-filled week is organized in March of every year, attracting curators and collectors from the United States and worldwide. This year’s Asia Week New York will take place both in-person and online. About 26 international galleries and six major auction houses– Christie’s, Sotheby’s, iGavel, Bonhams, Doyle, and Heritage Auctions– will present dedicated Asian art sales throughout the month. Japan-based gallery Shibunkaku will mark its art debut with a joint exhibition at Joan B Mirviss LTD. Buddhist art from Germany and Runjeet Singh from England will also return to the fold. A wood figure of Shaka Nyorai (Buddha Shakyamuni). Image courtesy of Christie’s. Christie’s Christie’s will begin its Asia Week New York auctions with a Japanese and Korean art sale. Starting at 10:00 AM EDT on March 21, the event offers 187 items, including Japanese traditional paintings, Buddhist art, lacquer works, and a selection of ancient sculptures and ceramics. Collectors can find an important white porcelain Joseon-era moon jar dating back to the 18th century and a Heian-era wood sculpture of Shaka Nyorai, the Buddha Shakyamuni (USD 60,000 - $80,000). On March 22, the auction house will present various works from across India, the Himalayas, and Southeast Asia. Additional auctions, spread through the rest of the week, offer Southeast Asian modern and contemporary works of art as well as Chinese ceramics. Christie’s will conclude its Asia Week offerings with a landmark sale of J. J. Lally & Co. items. A gilt…

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    Lark Mason Associates Sale of Exceptional Chinese Textiles and Luxury Goods Ignited Competitive Bidding from International Buyers on iGavelAuctions

    New Braunfels TX: The first part of the Lark Mason Associates auction of an extraordinary collection of Chinese textiles and luxury goods–from a private American collector–sparked competitive bidding on iGavelAuctions, achieving $279,616 including buyer’s premium, with a 91% sell-through. Lark Mason Associates Sale of Exceptional Chinese Textiles and Luxury Goods Ignited Competitive Bidding from International Buyers on iGavelAuctions “The recent sale of luxury items including imperial Chinese robes attracted international bidders vying for Louis Vuitton, Jewelry, and exceptional Chinese textiles,” says Lark Mason.  “The combination of these works with the attention generated by the Winter Show in New York City was a perfect backdrop for success, resulting in a lot of targeted attention that drove prices up beyond expectations.” Attracting the greatest amount of attention and in many instances exceeding their estimates, five to seven-fold were robes from the Qing dynasty including: a Blue Silk 12-symbol Semi-Formal Kesi Robe, which hammered $57,500, 5 times more than its original estimate; a Chinese Silk Cushion Cover, a skirt and a Voided Velvet Vest, snapped up by a Swedish collector for $20,000; a Manchu Woman's Semi-formal Nine Dragon Red Silk Court Robe, which sold for $13,000; a 19th century Manchu Woman's Informal Silk Gauze Summer Robe hammered $5,750; a Chinese Red Flower and Auspicious Symbol Ladies Robe, purchased by a Beijing buyer for $5,250; a Blue Satin Brocade Silk Robe ($8,438); and a Chinese Green Silk Kesi Robe ($7,500). Luxury purveyors Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co. found buyers for a Wardrobe Trunk ($8,125) and a Ruby inset Sterling and Gold Compact ($4,504), respectively. Another large component of the sale was a selection of 120 pieces of Navajo and other Native American necklaces, earrings, and other jewelry that were offered in 15 lots, which totaled $16,313.  Alongside the textiles and jewelry, was the maquette of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Cube Bronze, which brought $2,312. The iconic sculpture, by William Tarr, stands in front of Martin Luther King Junior Educational Campus Cube on Tenth Avenue in Manhattan. Concludes Mason: “We look forward to the second part of this sale during Asia Week…

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    Lark Mason Associates Kicks-off 2023 with the First in a Series of Sales Featuring Asian Textiles, Jewelry, Works of Art, and Furniture from the Estate of an American Collector Now Open for Bidding on iGavelAuctions.com 

    New Braunfels TX: From an elaborately embroidered Qing Dynasty Chinese robe to a maquette of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Bronze after William Tarr,  Lark Mason Associates is delighted to announce that first in a series of multiple sales– from the Property of an American Collector– is now open for bidding on iGavelAuctions.com  through January 26, 2023. Chinese Blue Silk Kesi 12 Symbol Semi-Formal Robe, Qing Dynasty Says Lark Mason: “With highlights reflecting a wide swathe of cultures including Chinese, Japanese, South Asian, Central Asian, African, American, this single-owner sale features items from the curated collection of an American connoisseur whose tastes and interests are united by two themes–pattern and design.” Among the eclectic offerings is an extraordinary collection of elaborately embroidered and appliqued Chinese robes– many of which date from the Qing dynasty– bed covers, shawls, rank badges, and panels as well as Japanese kimonos and silk Obi. Among the most outstanding is a Blue Silk 12-symbol Semi-Formal Kesi Robe. Alongside the Asian textiles is a spectacular selection of jewelry by important Native American designers: featuring a Matthew Charley cuff, a Begay Navajo silver cuff, an Alvin Yellowhorse turquoise and silver pendant, a Lee and Mary Weebothee turquoise mounted silver Zuni choker, a Little Elk totem brooch, a large Chris Charley Sterling turquoise and silver pendant necklace, Mary Marie bracelet and earring set, and a Guatemalan red glass beaded chachal.   Additional pieces include an 18K Patek Philippe & Co. for John M. Bonnet Gold Cased Lady's Pocket Watch, which was the first keyless winding and hand-setting watch systems that debuted at the 1851 Great Exhibition in London, a 14k White Gold and Graduated Diamond Bracelet, a 14K Tri-colored Gold Bird on Branch Cartouche Ring, a 14k White Gold Pear Shaped Diamond Cluster Ring; a Tiffany & Co. Ruby Inset Sterling and Gold Compact, a Percy Edwards Enameled Brooch  and a huge selection of cameo brooches. Another important highlight, offered to coincide with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, is a maquette of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Cube Bronze. The iconic sculpture, by William Tarr, stands in front of Martin Luther King Junior Educational Campus…