Lark Mason Associates Announces a Triple-header of Epic Auction Sales During Asia Week New York

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NEW YORK, NY and NEW BRAUNFELS, TX (February 22) – When Asia Week New York opens on March 16, Lark Mason Associates will offer up a trio of sales on, the likes of which are certain to attract competitive bidding from museum curators, collectors, and connoisseurs of all persuasions. Though all three sales offer significant lots, the pièce de résistance is Property from an American Collector, Part II.

“A private single owner collection of this magnitude and importance has not appeared at auction in many years,” says Lark Mason. “The sale includes magnificent traditional Chinese court robes and rare examples from many other cultures.”

A 19th century Chinese Dark Blue Brocade Daoist Theater Robe with Kesi and Embroidered Silk Details (Estimate: $10,000-20,000)
A 19th century Chinese Dark Blue Brocade Daoist Theater Robe with Kesi and Embroidered Silk Details (Estimate: $10,000-20,000)

The sale, which runs from March 14th through 30th, consists of more than 65 Chinese silk robes, including an 18th century Chinese Imperial Brown Embroidered Silk Semi-formal Dragon Robe Jifu, (Estimate: $30,000-50,000); a 19th century Chinese Dark Blue Brocade Theater Robe with Kesi and Embroidered Silk Details (Estimate: $10,000-20,000); a Dowager Empress New Year Semi-formal Court Robe, Qipao, circa 1880 (Estimate: $800-1,200); two pairs of 19th century Korean Silk Civil Official Rank Badges (Estimate: $2,000-3,000); and two Japanese Stenciled Noh Robes, each estimated at $800-1,200. Also included is a rare Chinese Kesi silk Calligraphic scroll, dating to the Qianlong period, modeled after Dong Qichang’s Xingshu running script calligraphy. 

Running from March 2nd through March 21st is Asian Works of Art from the Collection of the Dayton Art Institute featuring a Qing dynasty Chinese Amber Figure of Shoulao (Estimate: $1,200-1,500) and a pair of Chinese Carved Celadon Jade Horses with fitted stands (Estimate: $1,500-2,500). 

Rounding out the trio of sales is Chinese and Other Asian Works of Art, which runs from March 28th through April 18th. Among the lots are a Chinese Pale Celadon Jade Ewer, (Estimate: $40,000-60,000); an 18th century Chinese Celadon and Green Jade Cylindrical Parfumier (Estimate: $2,000-4,000) and a Qing Dynasty Chinese Silver and Gold Inlaid Bronze Fanghu Archaistic Vessel (Estimate: $4,000-6,000).

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 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 Sotheby’s Chinese Works of Art Department from 1985-2003. From 2000-2003 he concurrently was a Director of Online Auctions for He also served as a consulting curator at the Trammel and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas, Texas from 2003-2009. He is a generalist in American and European works of art and paintings, as well as an expert in the field of Chinese art and has valued and advised many private collectors and institutions.

Lark Mason Associates regularly hosts auctions on the iGavel Auctions platform and has an established history of record sales of Chinese and other works of art and holds the record for the highest price achieved for any work of art in an online sale, for a painting sold in May 2014 that realized close to $4.2m. Mason, the owner and CEO of iGavel Auctions, is noted for his regular appearances on “The Antiques Road Show.” 

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