Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ Asian Works of Art auction brought spirited energy and a packed sale room to its Chicago gallery last week. The sale grossed over $2.99 million, offering Chinese, South Asian and Japanese paintings and works of art to buyers around the world.
“The Chinese session of the sale was well-rounded and caught the attention of a myriad of buyers, both old and new, achieving strong prices in every medium. Jade performed especially well; however, we were also pleased with prices realized in paintings, bronze, furniture, textiles, porcelain and other mediums of art,” said Phyllis Kao, Director of Asian Works of Art at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.
The highly-anticipated painting by Chinese artist Zhao Shao’ang, brought $86,500. The consignor, David D. Buck, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Wisconsin, originally purchased the painting at the artist’s studio in 1967.
Other highlights of the sale included the cover lot, a pair of carved white jade quail boxes bearing imperial Qianlong seals. The pair sold for $92,500 to an overseas bidder on the telephone. A jade and wood hat stand carved with scrolling clouds surprised the audience early in the sale when it brought $116,500. The hat stand was from the Estate of Mr. Frank Buttram of Oklahoma City and was one of several Chinese works from the Estate that sparked interest in the sale.
Perhaps the most exciting lot sold during the three day auction, was a carved jade lotus-form bowl, which generated strong bidding activity on the phone, the internet and in the room, ultimately selling to a bidder in the room for $230,500.
The Japanese session ended the three-day auction with noteworthy activity and demonstrated that the Japanese art market continues to strengthen. A shibayama and silver decorated koro brought $10,625 and a Meiji period cloisonné covered vase by Kawade Shibataro brought $23,750.
The next Asian Works of Art auction is scheduled for September 16-17. Consignments for this auction are welcomed through July 22.