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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
    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…

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    Asia Week New York 2023 Announces Stellar Line-up of International Gallery Exhibitions, Auctions and Museum Shows

    New York: The Asia Week New York Association is pleased to announce that 26 international galleries and six auction houses —Bonhams, Christie’s, Doyle, Heritage Auctions, iGavel, and Sotheby’s–will participate in the 2023 edition of Asia Week New York. Now in its 14th year of celebrating Asian art and culture, the exhibitions and auctions–both in-person and online–commence March 16th through March 24th. Runjeet Singh Maharani Dhal (Shield) Mewar, India 18th century 612mm (24 inches) “We’re delighted to announce our distinguished roster of dealers and auction houses and look forward to their exciting and diverse array of Asian art treasures,” says Dessa Goddard, chairman of Asia Week New York.  This year, Asia Week New York welcomes the Japan-based gallery Shibunkaku, which makes its debut with a joint exhibition at Joan B Mirviss LTD. Also returning to the fold are Buddhist Art from Germany and Runjeet Singh from England.  As always, the Asia Week New York galleries and auction houses will present a spectacular 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. Organized by category, the following is the roster of the participating galleries: About Asia Week New York  The collaboration of top-tier international Asian art galleries, the six major auction houses–Bonhams, Christie’s, Doyle, Heritage Auctions, iGavel, and Sotheby’s–with numerous museums and Asian cultural institutions, Asia Week New York is a week-long celebration filled with a non-stop schedule of simultaneous gallery open houses, Asian art auctions as well as numerous museum exhibitions, lectures, and special events. Participants from Great Britain, India, Italy, Japan, and the United States unveil an extraordinary array of museum-quality treasures from China, India, the Himalayas, Southeast Asia, Tibet, Nepal, Japan, and Korea.  Asia Week New York Association, Inc. is a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade membership organization registered with the state of New York. For more information visit www.AsiaWeekNewYork.com @asiaweekny #asiaweekny  About Songtsam, Presenting Sponsor Continuing as Presenting Sponsor for Asia Week New York is the Songtsam Group, the award-winning luxury boutique hotel collection, and Destination Management Company with fifteen…

  • Auction Result, Press Release
    Two-part Fine Art, Furniture and Decorative Works of Art Achieves $467,121

    New Braunfels TX: The two-part Fine and Decorative Works of Art sale offered by Lark Mason Associates on the iGavelauctions.com platform hit all the right high notes, achieving $467,121 including BP, when they closed on November 16th and 17th, respectively. With an 81% sell-through of 475 lots there were strong prices for a large group of rugs and carpets from the Collection of Barry MacLean which realized a total of $82,400; a fine quality but overlooked Qing Dynasty porcelain Jue which sold for $43,750, far exceeding its $200-300 estimate; a selection of Art Nouveau Glass from a West Coast Collector that realized $35,400 and Marine, a beautiful maritime painting by Henry Moret topped the results, fetching $78,500. Coney Island on Monday Morning by Martha Walter (American, 1875-1976), Oil on Panel, sold for $27,500 “We were gratified by the overall interest in the paintings and other works of art, with bidders from the U.S., Asia, and Europe battling over the best examples,” says Lark Mason. “Quality is always sought out and the results of this sale prove this to be true. The variety of bidders and the items sold augurs well for the continued strength of fine quality works regardless of financial market turbulence.”  Prices for other top highlights that sold, including BP, include:  Coney Island on Monday Morning by Martha Walter (American, 1875-1976), Oil on Panel, sold for $27,500 A Chinese Jade Mounted Wood Table Screen, fetched $22,500 A Roman Style Marble Torso of Aphrodite, realized $12,438 The Library, Winter, by Guy Wiggins (American, 1883-1962), Oil on Canvas over Card, 1931, achieved $9,375 A Serapi Carpet, Beige Ground with Navy Border, sold for $8,125 Tiffany Studios Leaded Glass Acorn Lamp Shade and Electrified Kerosene Base, realized $7,813 George III Sterling Silver Epergne, William & James Priest, London, 1791, fetched $7063 Louis C. Tiffany Furnaces Bronze and Damascene Favrile Glass Desk Lamp, ca. 1920, sold for $6,513

  • Auction Result, Press Release
    Lark Mason Associates Sale of Asian, Ancient and Ethnographic Works of Art Achieves $932,045 on iGavelAuctions.com

    New York:  The three-session online sale of rare works of Asian art presented by Lark Mason Associates, on iGavelAuctions.com, concluded on November 3rd,  and rang up $932,045.00 in sales including buyer’s premium.   “The series of sales exceeded expectations and showed the market to be remarkably resilient, boding well for the 2023 spring sales of Asian art in March,” says Lark Mason. “It included nearly 500 lots with a mix of works ranging from ancient works of art to furniture, resulting in a significant number of bidders pursuing works across a variety of categories.” According to Mason the strong response was due to the variety of material and estimates which were reasonable and took into consideration the costs incurred by bidders who were incurring packing and shipping costs in addition to the hammer price at auction. Chinese Ink on Paper Hand Scroll, Painting of Antlers, signed Qianlong Emperor, which sold for $118,750 Forty-eight bidders from Hong Kong, China, Canada, and the United States competed for a Chinese Ink on Paper Hand Scroll, Painting of Antlers, signed Qianlong Emperor, which sold for $118,750, surpassing its estimate ten-fold. Other lots that surpassed their original estimates were a Chinese Peking Amber Glass Octagonal Bottle Vase eagerly pursued by 38 bidders and snapped up for $17,500; an ink-on-silk Korean Four Panel Ink Screen by Kim K-Chang (1913-2001) sold for $18,125, exceeding its estimate three-fold, with 26 bids. A pair of Chinese Faux Cloisonne Porcelain Jardinieres, mid-Qing Dynasty sold for $25,000, twice its estimate; a Chinese Brown Jade Huang Form Dragon Pendant sold for $25,000; a pair of Chinese Porcelain Magpie and Prunus Vases, 20th Century far exceeded its $1,200-1500 estimate and garnered $20,625; and a 19th century Carved Beige Stone Gourd Form Snuff bottle rang up $8,125. In addition to the highlights cited, there were categories of items such as rugs and carpets, from a mid-western collection, that had primarily been purchased in years past at auction and when offered again, realized as much and, in many cases more, than the original purchase price. “The variety of rugs and carpets helped to attract buyers who were primarily interested…

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    Lark Mason Associates Online Extravaganza of Fine Art, Furniture and Decorative Arts Now Live on iGavelAuctions.com

    New York: Lark Mason Associates announced that their two-part Fine Art, Furniture  and Decorative Arts sale, which includes 475 lots, is now open for bidding on igavelauctions.com through November 16h. One of the important highlights is Marine, an oil painting by Henry Moret (1856-1913) with an estimate of $50,000-80,000. A member of the Pont-Aven school where Paul Gauguin played a prominent role, Moret was a French Impressionist painter best-known for his colorful landscapes of the Brittany coast. Henry Moret (1856-1913) Marine Oil on canvas (Estimate: $50,000-80,000) The painting’s impressive provenance dates to Paul Durand-Ruel–a loyal patron to Impressionists artists such as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir–who was considered one of the most important art dealers of the 19th century. Moret’s painting came to its present owner by way of Hammer Galleries. Author Jean-Yves Rolland, an expert on the Pont-Aven school in Brittany, included Marine in his catalogue raisonné which accompanies the lot. Viennese sandalwood fan, circa 19th century, signed by Brahms and his circle of colleagues (Estimate: $3,000-5,000) Other notable paintings by American artists include Coney Island on Monday Morning, by Martha Walter (1875-1976), Oil on Panel (Estimate: $10,000-15,000); and two paintings by Guy Wiggins (1883-1962) Winter, an oil on canvas over card, dated 1931 (Estimate: $7,000-10,000) and Seascape and Harbor, an oil on board (Estimate: $3,000-5,000). Another star item is an important Viennese sandalwood fan, circa 19th century, signed by Brahms and his circle of colleagues (Estimate: $3,000-5,000). The signatures were gathered by singer Lillian Bailey Henschel, the wife of the Sir George Henschel, the German-born British baritone and conductor who noted their trip to Vienna on April 23, 1894, in his autobiography, Musings and Memories of a Musician, MacMillan and Co., St Martin’s Street, London, 1918. pp 124-126: "We left Vienna after charming, intimate days with him (Brahms) and our mutual friends — Ignaz Brull, Max Kalbeck, Carl Goldmark, and Johann Strauss.” The fan bears the signatures of Brahms, Johann Strauss II (with a musical quotation from the Kaiser Walzer op. 437), Max Kalbeck (with a signature), Karl Goldmark, Ignaz Brüll (with a musical quotation from Gringoir op. 66), Marie Wittich, and Ernst…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Rare Collection of Chinese Archaic Jades and Southeast Asian Art Associated with Jim Thompson Headline Lark Mason Associates Two-part Sale of Asian, Ancient, and Ethnographic Works of Art on iGavelAuctions.com

    A Chinese Brown Jade Huang with Dragon Head Terminals (Estimate: $30,000/50,000) New York: Lark Mason Associates is pleased to announce that the first part of their fall sale of Asian, Ancient, and Ethnographic Works of Art opens for bidding on October 6th to 25th on iGavelAuctions.com.  Over 500 lots from China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia represent a range of categories, including fifty Chinese archaic jades from the property of Sam and Myrna Myers, the renowned Parisian dealer and collector, who gifted the Musée Guimet. Several of these pieces have been exhibited at the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, the Pointe-A-Calliere Museum, in Montreal, the Fondation Baur Musee des Arts D'Extreme-Orient, in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Asian Art Museum in Nice, France. Among the archaic jades are a Chinese Brown Jade Huang with Dragon Head Terminals (Estimate: $30,000/50,000); a Yellow Chinese Jade Dragon Pendant (Estimate: $15,000/20,000); a Brown and Black Chinese Jade Tiger Form Pendant (Estimate: $30,000/50,000); a pair of Jade Dragon Form Pendants (Estimate: $35,000/45,000); a Brown Chinese Jade Dragon Form Pendant (Estimate: $20,000/30,000); and a Chinese Brown Jade Carved Pendant (Estimate: $20,000/40,000); a set of four Chinese Bronze Knives with Jade Pommels, (Estimate: $60,000/90,000); and a Chinese Carved Green Jade Huang, (Estimate: $10,000/15,000).  The second sale, Asian Works of Art, will open for bidding on October 11th to 27th and includes a large selection of works from the collection of George Barrie, the business partner of Jim Thompson, who mysteriously disappeared in the jungles of Southeast Asia, leaving Barrie to take over the company, expanding it to become the largest producer of raw silk in Southeast Asia. Included in the sale from his collection is the important Portrait of Merchant Howqua, School of Lamqua (Chinese 1801-1860) (Estimate: $30,000/50,000); a 16th/17th century Burmese Sandstone Buddha Footprint Buddhapada,  carved with 108 Buddhist symbols; and a pair of Thai Carved Wood Chora Architectural Spires,or “sky tassels, often used as spires which often adorned the roofs of temples and palaces and thought to bring good luck and ward off evil spirits. Other star lots include a Japanese Articulated Iron Dragon Sculpture Jizai Okimono, Myochin School, Munekazu, Edo period (Estimate:…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Lark Mason Associates Sale of Furniture, Fine and Decorative Arts Now Live on iGavelAuctions.com

    New York: Lark Mason Associates announced that their Furniture, Fine and Decorative Arts on igavelauctions.com goes live on September 22 through October 11. Among the 250 lots offered is an important collection of fine 18th century Venetian furniture and mid-20th century pieces by Eero Saarinen and Charles Eames. Running concurrently is Rugs and Carpets from the Collection of Barry MacLean, which goes live on October 4 to 22.  "We are delighted to present this eclectic sale of furniture, paintings and decorative arts, which dates from the 18th century through the mid-20th century,” says Lark Mason.  “It’s rare to have such a fine quality group of Venetian furniture come up for sale.” According to Mason, the auction also includes a large selection of rugs as well as mid-century furniture.  “This is an ideal opportunity for design aficionados s to acquire furnishings at accessible estimates.” A pair of armchairs and ottoman by Eero Saarinen for Knoll (Estimate: $500/800) Among the highlights are a pair of 18th century Italian Console Tables, (Estimate: $8,000/12,000); a set of eight 18th century Venetian Italian Red and Gilt Chairs, (Estimate: $12,000/18,000); a Genovese Italian Burl Walnut and Fruitwood Bureau Bookcase, circa. 1740-1750 (Estimate: $10,000/15,000); a pair of Italian Venetian Carved Giltwood Girandole Mirrors, circa 1750-1760 (Estimate: $2,000/3,000); an 18th century Milanese Italian Giltwood Console with Faux Marble top (Estimate: $5,000/8,000); a pair of 18th century Italian, Red-Painted Consoles with Faux Marble Top (Estimate: $8,000/12,000); and an 18th century Italian Giltwood Mirror, circa. 1730-1740 (Estimate: $700/1,000). Mid-twentieth century furniture designed by Eero Saarinen for Knoll includes a yellow upholstered executive side chair (Estimate: $300/500) and a pair of armchairs and ottoman (Estimate: $500/800). Two modernist fiberglass shell chairs by Charles Eames for Herman Miller (Estimate: ($300-500) are also in the sale. Additionally, the sale includes a woodcut by Albrecht Durer (1471-1528), called The Birth of the Virgin, Dated 1503 (Estimate: $1,500/2,500); an etching with a unique collage, by the Spanish artist Manolo Valdés (1942-), Meninas Infanta II, 1992 (Estimate: $7,000/10,000); and an Emerald-in-Matrix Intarsia Box by Konstantin Libman, the renown Russian lapidary artist (Estimate: $2,000/4,000). Among the rugs…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    A Bounty of Gallery Exhibitions and Auctions Headline Asia Week New York Autumn 2022, from September 14-23

    New York: Asia Week New York is pleased to announce that Autumn 2022, will run from September 14 to 23 with online and in-person exhibitions–including works from twenty-one international Asian art galleries and six auction houses–Bonhams, Christie’s, Doyle, Heritage, iGavel, and Sotheby’s. Thirteen of the galleries are simultaneously opening their doors to the public in New York, and the sales at the auction houses will be live and online. To launch the festivities, a special webinar titled Sherman Lee: Master of Art, moderated by chairman Dessa Goddard, will take place on September 13th at 5:00pm EST. A renowned curator and scholar of Asian art, Lee built one of the foremost Asian art collections at The Cleveland Museum of Art. Click here to register: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CNxATZ-JTnmo7V7XErJ8Pg Organized by category, here is a round-up of the highlights at the galleries: Ancient and/or Contemporary Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asia Taking center stage at Kapoor Galleries is this schist figure of Buddha Shakyamuni, Gandhara, 2nd/3rd Century (Kushan Period). Sculpted from gray schist, the present sculpture is a fine example of  traditional Gandharan art. Schist was widely used as a material in Gandharan sculptures as it allowed detailed carving. It depicts Buddha as the enlightened spiritual teacher alleviating humankind from worldly despair. 34 East 67th Street The showstopper at Thomas Murray is an exceptionally rare and important 19th/early 20th century Lukkus-Pintoan Headhunter Costume. Robes of this type are the most important of all Taiwan Aboriginal costumes and were exclusively worn by successful headhunters of the Atayal people. The red color represents the Blood of Life, with the linear geometry of the beading, representing the Rainbow Path of the Ancestors.  Profoundly labor intensive to create, the hand pierced shell beads represent thousands of hours of stored value.  Online only Somnath Hore Wounds (Trial Proof B4) Etching Size: 8 x 9.25 in. (20.3 cm x 23.4 cm) 1978 Credit : Akar Prakar Among the paintings featured at Akar Prakar is Wounds (Trial Proof B4) by Somnath Hore, who is remembered as an artist and printmaker who experimented with and invented his own techniques for printmaking. Born in 1921 in a pre-independent…

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    A Hidden Trove of Drawings and Prints by British Caricaturist Thomas Rowlandson Back on iGavelAuctions Block

    Miseries of Social Life (Estimate: $300/500) New York: Originally scheduled to take place last February, Lark Mason Associates announces that the Works by Thomas Rowlandson from an American Collector will open for bidding on iGavelAuctions.com starting September 6h through September 28th.  Over 300 drawings, prints and books by Thomas Rowlandson comprise 70 lots.  Rowlandson is celebrated for ushering in the golden age of British caricature art at the turn of the 19th century.  Rowlandson produced sardonic illustrations in ink and watercolor that skewered powerful political figures such as the Duchess of Devonshire, William Pitt the Younger and Napoleon Bonaparte and depicted contemporary events in a humorous robust and bawdy style. Rowlandson’s drawings of life in Georgian England exposed human foibles and vanity with sympathy and rollicking humor and he achieved success selling these prints and watercolors to wealthy collectors.  However, for much of his life he was an inveterate gambler and had to produce a flood of his comic prints to stay ahead of financial losses. Among the highlights are True Love, Older Man with a Younger Lady, Watercolor and Ink on Paper (Estimate: $10,000/15,000); Miseries of Travelling, Watercolor and Ink on Paper (Estimate: $10,000/15,000); Robbers Surrounding Mother and Child, Pen and Paper, and two related etchings (Estimate: $4,000/6,000); Caricature Magazine, Hand-colored Etchings Bound in Original Brown Printed Cover (Estimate: $1,500/2,500); and Six Hand-colored Etchings in Miseries Series (Estimate: $300/500). “We are delighted to offer this recently discovered cache of satiric drawing and prints by the renowned British caricaturist Thomas Rowlandson,” says Lark Mason. “Underscoring the adage ‘the more things change, the more they stay the same’, Rowlandson’s drawings reflect many of the same issues we confront today–whether it’s sitting through a long boring dinner, observing an older gentleman with a younger woman, or dealing with overcrowded public transportation. According to Mason, the sale was delayed at the last minute because of some issues with the artist’s estate. The prints and drawings will be on view, by appointment only, at Lark Mason Associates, 229 East 127th Street, Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  For more information, visit www.igavelauctions.com. About…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Antique Quilts, Americana and Folk Art from the Estate of Laura Fisher Now Open for Bidding on iGavelAuctions.com

    New York: South Bay Auctions is pleased to announce a single-owner timed auction of items from the estate of late quilt expert, Laura Fisher (1945-2021), is now open for bidding exclusively on igavelauctions.com through Thursday, August 11th, 2022. More than 150 lots from Fisher’s estate will be offered including antique quilts, hooked rugs, Americana, jewelry, Folk Art, and more. Daisies on Vines applique quilt, Midwest, circa 1930s-40s, cotton. 93''h, 81''w. (Estimate: $300-500) “We are delighted to offer this wide selection of Americana from the estate of Laura Fisher, in partnership with South Bay Auctions,” says Lark Mason.“This sale is a treasure trove a beautiful antique quilts, Americana, jewelry, and Folk Art with very accessible estimates.” Highlights include a circa 1920s Alphabet Postage Stamp quilt that, “looks like a needlework sampler thanks to the one-inch postage stamp squares used to create the letters,'' according to Laura Fisher’s original write-up. Several wonderful quilts in the “Flying Geese” pattern are in the sale, including an unusual “Odd Fellows” example with appliqued indigo print. Antique hooked rugs abound, including late 19th century Burnham Star round rug in the style of Ralph Burnham, a Massachusetts rug company that was the source of similarly executed patterns. Star jewelry lots round out the sale, including an 18k gold starfish pin, and a gorgeous 18k gold bracelet with yellow and white gold oval links.  Laura Fisher was born and raised in the Bronx and graduated from Cornell University where she studied home economics. Her career in antiques began in 1975 when, on a whim, she bid on and won three months of storefront space at Manhattan Art & Antiques Center in a charity auction for New York’s Channel 13 PBS station. In the 45 year long career that followed, Fisher became a recognized expert on Americana specializing in textiles. Top collectors and designers would vie for the unique finds she sourced internationally.  A frequent guest on Martha Stewart Living Television, Laura lectured at museums and universities and was known for her extensive writing on quilts. Books by Fisher include “Quilts of Illusion” and “Home Sweet Home: The House…

  • Auction Result, Press Release
    Lark Mason Associates Sale of Asian, Ancient and Ethnographic Works of Art Achieves $1,076,618, on iGavelAuctions.com

    New York:  Lark Mason Associates sale of Asian, Ancient and Ethnographic Works of Art Achieves $1,076, 618 including BP. Leading off the two-session sale which closed on April 26th and 27th was a pair of Luo Zhongli oil paintings of a man and a woman, each one far exceeding their $30,000-50,000 estimates. A pair of Luo Zhongli oil paintings of a man and a woman, which together hammered $268,750, each one far exceeding their $30,000-50,000 estimates A pair of Luo Zhongli oil paintings of a man and a woman, which together hammered $268,750, each one far exceeding their $30,000-50,000 estimates Commenting on the Zonghli paintings, Lark Mason, says: “Both Zhongli paintings were hovering under $20,000 on the morning of the sale’s closing. It was in the final minutes that they rose, doubling and tripling the high estimate. The oil on canvas portraits, bought by the consignor’s parents in Beijing in 1987, hung on the wall together for nearly 40 years. We are delighted that both portraits are returning to Asia with their new owner.” “This sale had a number of superb works of art with competitive bidding from buyers from China and Europe,” says Mason. Two of the standouts that caught their eye was a Qing Dynasty Chinese Porcelain Enamel Decorated Fishbowl realizing $123,139, with 57 bids and a Chinese Blue and White Porcelain He-Form Vessel and Cover, with Daoguang Mark that attracted 45 bidders hammering $78,125. Among the other top lots that sold were a 20th century Chinese Celadon Jade Qilin Group, with 44 people extending the bidding 29 minutes after the closing to hammer $44,251; a Korean Painting of a Gwaneum (Guanyin) Gouache on Silk, Josean Dynasty, that sold for $41,250; four 19th century Samson Hexagonal Enamel Decorated Vases, Three Part of a Set and One other, realizing $19,375; a Ming Dynasty Chinese Bronze Figure of a Buddha, ringing up $14,375; a pair of Tibetan Qing Dynasty Painted Paper and Silk Sutra Covers for $12,500; and a Qing Dynasty Chinese Carved Bamboo Brush Pot for $12,500. About Lark Mason With locations in New Braunfels, Texas and New York City, Lark Mason Associates,…

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    Lark Mason Associates Sale of Fine Jewelry from New York Estates Opens for Bidding on iGavelAuctions.com, May 3-19

    New York:  Just in time for Mother’s Day, Lark Mason Associates is delighted to announce a sale of Fine Jewelry from New York Estates, which opens for bidding on Tuesday May 3rd through May 19th on iGavelAuctions.com. “This sale overflows with wonderful gifts for Mother’s Day,” says Lark Mason. “Their low estimates add to the allure of these beautiful treasures, making them accessible at all price points.” A 14k Gold Swimmer Link Necklace, designed by Carey Boone Nelson According to Mason, the sale includes gold jewelry from the estate of Carey Boone Nelson, a direct descendant of Daniel Boone. Ms. Nelson was a self-taught sculptor and jewelry designer who studied under the Prix de Rome winner, Arthur Lorenzani and John Hovennes at the Art Students League in New York and with John Terken of the National Sculpture Society. She was recognized for her accomplishments in the arts by the Salmagundi Club, The National Arts Club, the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club and was a member of the society of illustrators and the Royal Society of Arts, London Among the 120 lots of fine and silver jewelry is a Platinum, Diamond and Pearl Ring set with a central 2.00 carat round diamond and a 7.5mm pearl, estimated at $2,500/3,500.  Also offered are several panther-form pieces, including a gold panther link necklace (Estimate: $1,000/1,500), a large panther-form convertible brooch pendant for $1,000/1,500 and a gold-hinged panther bracelet.  The sale also features several diamond pieces including an 18K White Gold and Diamond Necklace with graduated stones (Estimate: $3,000/5000), an 18K White Gold and Diamond Bracelet (Estimate: $2,000/3000), and a Pair of 18K Gold and Diamond Leaf Form Ear Clips priced at $400/600.   Rounding out the sale are a few small antique pieces, including a finally detailed Indian Repousse Gold, Pearl and Emerald Ring or Clothing Ornament that depicts a female deity flanked by two attendants and is estimated at $700/1,000.    About Lark Mason With locations in New Braunfels, Texas and New York City, Lark Mason Associates, the eponymous, auction house specializing in Asian, ethnographic, and ancient works of art, was founded by Lark Mason after…

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    Saving the Best for Last, Lark Mason Associates Adds More Treasures to Their Asian Art Sale on iGavelAuctions.com

    New York:  One of the advantages of the online sales platform is the ability to include items that come in at the last minute. Such is the case with the latest additions to the current sale of Asian, Ancient and Ethnographic Works of Art presented by Lark Mason Associates now open for bidding on iGavelAuctions.com through April 26th.   “We are delighted to bring these highly desirable and rare objects to the market for our clients,” says Lark Mason. “Our streamlined sales process and ability to quickly pivot benefit both consignors and buyers.” A Chinese Gold and Silver Wire Inlaid Table, Qing Dynasty (Estimate:$30,000-50,000) One of the most exciting additions to the sale is a rare Chinese Gold and Silver Wire Inlaid Table, Qing Dynasty (Estimate: $30,000-50,000).  According to Mason, this masterwork was made either in the Imperial workshops in Canton or in Beijing and its journey to the United States is a mystery. How did such a finely crafted table, obviously created for a very specialized purpose, find its way from China to the West? Says Mason: “Unlike many objects whose past is lost, we have clues with this table that illuminate some of its history. I first encountered it in 1993, before the internet, when old school research was the norm. I could verify that it previously appeared at auction because it was consigned to Sotheby’s Chinese department during the summer of 1993 when I researched and prepared it for a sale that took place on November 30.  At the time, I remember puzzling over its background, fully aware of the high-quality and likely imperial association but not able to discover much about it.  Though I could not prove an imperial provenance, it realized a very strong price that was well over the estimate range, totaling over $18,000 in the auction sale.” This extraordinary table is not only rich in decoration, but in provenance as well.John Edward Taylor, 1791-1844 was a successful cotton manufacturer in Manchester, England and founder in 1821 of the Manchester Guardian. His son, the likely owner of this table and seller in the Christie’s auction…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Asia Week New York Rings Up Over $98.6M in Sales

    New York:  After a two-year absence, Asia Week New York returned stronger than ever with galleries and auction houses ringing up total combined sales of $98,622,190. At press time, this figure includes 25 out of 26 galleries and 5 out of 6 auction houses–Bonhams, Christie’s, Doyle, Heritage, and Sotheby’s. iGavel Auctions opens for online bidding on April 7th. Ken Matsubara 1948-present Chaos - 屏風「カオス」, 1983 Painting H70 7/8 x W433 1/8 in, H180 x W1100 cm Credit: Ippodo Gallery Said Dessa Goddard chairman of Asia Week New York: “We were delighted by the enthusiastic response we received from our collectors, curators, and scholars, who returned to New York for the many exhibitions, auction sales and museum shows. Their excitement and energy were palpable throughout the week, and the results of the sales testifies to the continued strength of the Asian Art market. We look forward to continuing our active program of newsletters, virtual galleries, webinars, and postings throughout this year and to an even more successful 2023. To celebrate the occasion, a gala reception co-hosted by The Asian Art Department of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Asia Week New York took place at the Museum. Andrea Bayer, Deputy Director for Collections and Administration, Dessa Goddard, the chairman of Asia Week New York and Mike D. Hearn, the Douglas Dillon Chairman of the Department of Asian Art welcomed the crowd of over 450 attendees comprising of international collectors, curators, gallery owners, and scholars who were in town for the exhibitions, auctions, and museum shows.Here is a sampling of the responses and sales from the dealers:Steven Chait, one of the principals of the Chinese-specialists R.M. Chait Galleries, Inc,. reported that sales were made to a variety of private collectors, mostly American and some European, with museum interest pending on a few. “The week was a great success in turnout and enthusiasm,” said Chait. “It was great to see so many people happily visiting again after the Covid break.”"It was wonderful to welcome visitors to the gallery again during Asia Week,” says Katie Williamson, director of Sebastian Izzard LLC Asian Art. There was…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Lark Mason Associates Announces Spring Asian, Ancient, and Ethnographic Works of Art Opens for Bidding on iGavelAuctions.com

    New York: Having just wrapped up Asia Week New York with a successful round of exhibition previews in their New York salesroom, Lark Mason Associates is pleased to announce that their Spring sale of Asian, Ancient, Ethnographic Works of Art will open for bidding on April 7th through April 26th on iGavelAuctions.com Says Lark Mason, “We expect that enthusiastic response demonstrated by the collectors and curators during Asia Week New York will continue on for our superb online offerings for the next few weeks and anticipate significant attention and competitive bidding.” Among the highlights of the 400 lots offered are: A spectacular eight-fold coromandel lacquer screen with a scene of deer and figures in pavilions, dated to the 24th year of Kangxi (1686) (Estimate: $80,000/100,000) A spectacular eight-fold coromandel lacquer screen with a scene of deer and figures in pavilions, dated to the 24th year of Kangxi (1686) (Estimate: $80,000/100,000) A Korean Joseon Dynasty Gouache on Silk painting of Gwoneum (Estimate: $30,000/50,000) A Korean Joseon Dynasty Gouache on Silk painting of Gwoneum(Estimate: $30,000/50,000) A pair of finely painted Tibetan Sutra Covers Qing Dynasty and Earlier (Estimate: $20,000/30,000) Luo Zhongli, Portrait of a Woman, Oil on Canvas, 1987 (Estimate: $30,000/50,000) Luo Zhongli, Portrait of a Man, Oil on Canvas, 1987 (Estimate: $30,000/50,000) Large Tibetan Copper Alloy and Iron Phurba, 17th/18th Century (Estimate: $15,000/25,000) Tibetan Gilt-bronze, Turquoise Inset Figure of Shadakshari Lokeshvara, 16th Century (Estimate: $5,000/8,000) Large Chinese Cloisonne Hu Form Jar, 18th Century (Estimate: $3,000/5,000) The objects are on view at Lark Mason Associates, at 210 West Mill Street, New Braunfels, TX.  The exhibition is open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and by appointment only in the New York salesroom, at 229 East 127th Street. For more information visit: www.igavelauctions.com About Lark Mason With locations in New Braunfels, Texas and New York City, Lark Mason Associates, the eponymous, auction house specializing in Asian, ethnographic, and ancient works of art, was founded by Lark Mason after many years as an expert at Sotheby's New York. Mason served as a General Appraiser from 1979 until 1985, and as a Senior Vice President and specialist in Chinese art with…