Chinese Art of Qi Bashi from Wen Tsan Yu Collection Brings $2.6 Million Dollars to Break All Records at Kaminski Auctions March Fine Asian Art and Antiques Auction

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The outstanding art collection of Wen Tsan Yu with works by many famous Chinese artists, the most notable Qi Baishi (1864-1957) sold for over $2.3 million dollars to break all records for the artist. Other artists in the collection, included Puru (1896-1963) and Pu Jin (1893-1966). Most paintings included a dedication by the artist to “ Yu San”, Wen Tsan Yu and the collector’s personal seal. Also in this sale was his collection of exquisitely painted fans, the most important being a 20th century fan of paper leaf featuring painting by Wang Yun (1888-1934) on reverse with calligraphy by Zhu Nuzhen.

Yu's collection is one of the rare collections by a Chinese scholar to come to auction. This collection of art and antiques is among the best I've ever seen. Ben Wang Asian Specialist

Five Chinese 20th century paintings by Qi Bashi sold at Kaminski Auctions March Fine Asian Art and Antique Sale for a record $2.3 million dollars to break all records for the artist. All five paintings were 20th century scroll paintings of ink and color on paper, signed and sealed Qi Bashi and dedicated by the artist to "Yu San ",Wen Tsan Yu with the collector's personal seal.

Wen Tsan Yu was raised in China and later became a professor at Peking University. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 1916 with a Ph.B, and from Harvard University in 1919 with a LL.B. The family's maternal great grandfather was Moy Toy Ni, (Charlie Toy) who came to the United States in the late 1800’s and settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was widely known as” Chinese Rockefeller” in the early 20th century. Paintings in this collection had been in the family for over 50 years.

Chinese porcelain from the family's collection also brought top prices including a pair of Famille Verte bowls decorated with floral roundels, marked on the base in a double ring that sold for $300,000 and a Chinese Famille Rose vase from the Republic Period of baluster form and painted with a continuous landscape scene with a calligraphy mark on the base that sold for $220,000.

The booming Chinese art market fueled bidding from all over the United States, Hong Kong and China for this Chinese scholar's rare collection.

Kaminski Auctions, located on the North Shore of Boston, has been serving the New England antiques market for over 25 years as a full service auction house and appraisal service for fine art, antiques and estates.

With two locations in Beverly, Massachusetts, including a new state of the art auction gallery located at 117 Elliott Street, and a historic 1850’s barn and office facility at 564 Cabot Street, Kaminski Auctions hosts 16 auctions a year.

In today’s highly competitive market of fine art and antiques, Kaminski Auctions provides its customers with bicoastal services and marketing with west coast offices in Beverly Hills and San Diego, California.

Specialty departments in Asian Art, Fine Art, Glass, and Lamps and Couture, and Vintage Clothing, Photography and 20th Century Modern provide our customers with highly trained and knowledgeable appraisers on staff that will help you determine the true value of your antiques or entire collections. Free Appraisal days are offered every Tuesday from 10:00am-4:00 at our Cabot Street location in Beverly, MA.

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