Important Chinese Zitan Furniture, Jade and Fine Wines to Lead Kaminski Auctions May 18th Sale

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Kaminski Auctions May 18th Estate sale features important Asian zitan furniture, jade, Continental items and a large collection of fine wines from a Beacon Hill collector.

On May 18th Kaminski Auctions will host an Asian art and estate auction, with great artworks and antiques from all genres.

Leading the sale is an exquisite zitan wood etagere. The imposing piece is elaborately carved and pierced throughout with three shelves and two panel doors. Kaminski experts have estimated the piece at $15,000 to $25,000.

Also among the important furniture is a carved Chinese armchair. Descended in the family of Leonard Berling in Chicago, the chair was originally carved from zitan wood in the 19th century. It features dragon head carvings and is predicted to sell between $6,000 and $9,000.

Collectors of Chinese art will also appreciate a jade plaque from the collection of William Clayton. The plaque was purchased by Mr. Clayton in London between 1971 and 1975. It features two sides carved in high relief with images of mountain ranges and villages. The plaque rests in a carved wood stand, and carries an estimate of $8,000 to $12,000. Also from the Clayon collection is a carved jade horse from the Ming Dynasty. Estimated at $5,000 to $6,000, the horse is beatifully carved with highly articulated facail features, mane, tail, and legs.

From the late 17th and early 18th century comes a wonderfully delicate covered jade cup, embellished with floral and pheonix motifs and topped with an archer ring handle. The three small human figures supporting the handle reveal the care and skill of the carver. Estimated at $3,000 to $5,000, the cup is among the top lots of the auction.

A gilt bronze figure of the Buddhist diety Tara is also among the most anticipated lots of the day. Made in China, the figure sits on a lotus flower and measures nine inches high. It is expected to sell for between $2,000 and $3,000.

Continental collectors will surely be interested in a collection of mechanical dolls to be offered in the sale. The most highly valued of these is a mechanical and musical doll from France, most likely made between 1880 and 1890. Possibly manufactured by famous dall makers Jumeau or Borrois, the doll houses Swiss works inside and wears a burgundy silk outfit with an elaborate lace collar. The doll is predicted to sell for between $8,000 and $12,000.

The auction will also present a selection of silver, including a 19th century four piece silver tea set from India. The elaborate repousse work depicts busy scenes of goddesses, archers, musicians, animals, devotional figures, and shrines. The impressive set weighs 162.3 troy ounces and is estimated at $4,000 to $6,000.

A large collection of fine wines from a Beacon Hill collection will round out the sale. The collection includes many collectable vintages from the foremost vinyards, including Chateau Latour and Pouilly-Fuisse.

Preview for the sale will take place Thursday, May 15th, from 10:00am to 5:00pm, Friday, May 16th, from 10:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday, May 17th, from 10:00am to 5:00pm, and Sunday, May 18th, the day of sale, beginning at 8:00am.

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Allison Maguire
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