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 

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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  through January 26, 2023.

Chinese Blue Silk Kesi 12 Symbol Semi-Formal Robe, Qing Dynasty
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 Cube on Tenth Avenue in Manhattan.

A selection of Louis Vuitton pieces such as a wardrobe trunk, Keepall Bandouliere 55 duffel bags, suitcases, and purses will be available as will signature handbags by Judith Leiber and Fendi.

Furniture and decorative arts runs the gamut from the 1960s– including a pair of lily-shaped Getsuen velvet chairs, by Masanori Umeda, the 1960s Japanese designer who was a member of the Memphis design group–to a selection of 17th and 18th century sofas, chairs, chests and tables including a Rococo hardwood sofa and two chairs, a 17th century European Baroque chest, a large European painted wood chest, a European giltwood mirror; and a European paper mâché tilt-top table. Rounding out the sale are Central Asian and Chinese rugs and a group of Navajo rugs.

The items are on view in the New Braunfels, Texas salesroom at 210 West Mill Street, which is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information visit: or phone 212-289-5588.

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