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

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A pair of Chinese Zitan, Cloisonne and Gilt Bronze Lantern Stands (Estimate $100,000-150,000)
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: $100,000-150,000); a Chinese Carved Red Lacquer and Stone Inlaid Eight Panel Screen, Qing Dynasty (Estimate: $40,000-60,000); and 

a Chinese Parcel Gilt Powder Blue Rouleau Dragon Vase, Qing Dynasty (Estimate: $2,000-4,000).

The second auction, Chinese and Other Asian Works of Art, which goes live on March 19th, includes highlights such as a Chinese Huanghuali Cabinet, Qing Dynasty (Estimate: $70,000-100,000); a Huanghuali Low Kang table, circa 1700 (Estimate: $10,000-15,000); a Tibetan Gilt Bronze Figure of 11 Headed Avalokiteshvara (Estimate: $4,000-6,000); Untitled Abstract, by Luis Chan (1905-1995), Ink and Color on Paper, 1974 (Estimate: $7,000-10,000); a 17th century Chinese Dehua Blanc de Chine Figure of Guanyin (Estimate: $3,500-5,000); and a Sino-Tibetan Gilt Bronze, Qing Dynasty (Estimate: $2,000-3,000)

The third auction–The Collection of Charles A. Coolidge Commander, American Legation, Peking, Circa 1900 –amassed by U.S. Brigadier General Charles A. Coolidge, Jr. during the Boxer Rebellion in China,  opens for bidding on March 21st and includes a Chinese Gilt Bronze Cloisonne Circular Box, Qianlong mark and period (Estimate: $5,000-8,000); a Chinese Cloisonne Gilt Bronze Cup Stand, Qinglong Period (Estimate: $2,000-4,000); and an 18th century Chinese Carved Red Lacquer Bowl (Estimate: $1,500-2,500).

The Arlington Cemetery Records list Coolidge as the first American to enter Peking during the Boxer Uprising. He kept a personal ledger and inventory of works he collected during this time, and lots are offered with copies of relevant pages. The ledger itself will be featured as an available lot (Estimate: $3,000-5,000).

Last, but certainly not least, is The Collection of Bruce and Barbara Sullivan, on April 2nd which features a work by Wu Guanzhong (1919-2010), one of the founders of modern Chinese painting. Abstract Landscape, Ink and Color on paper, has an estimate of $200,000-300,000.

As patrons of the arts, Dr. Bruce and Barbara Sullivan established The Sullivan Collection at the Birmingham Museum of Art.  The couple spent their early years of marriage in Japan, where they began amassing Asian art across all categories. 

During Asia Week New York, March 14-22, the New York sales room, located at 229 120th Street, is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; and by appointment in New Braunfels, Texas, 210 West Mill Street. For additional information, visit www.igavelauctions.com or phone 1-212-289-5588.

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