Private Collection from Founders of Belz Museum  

Private Collection from Founders of Belz Museum

Important American Painting Collection to be Sold by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

The March 21 and 22 Asian Works of Art auction at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers will include property from the private collection of Jack and Marilyn Belz, founders of the Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art, formerly the Peabody Place Museum, in Memphis, Tennessee. The couple has been collecting since the late 1960s and opened the museum in 1998.


Jack A. Belz is CEO and Chairman of Belz Enterprises. This four generational multi-faceted company has developed property in many different states and has been synonymous with commercial and residential development in downtown Memphis and beyond.


Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is pleased to offer items from the Belz collection, which includes jade, scholar’s rocks, furniture, snuff bottles, paintings, textiles and early pottery. Of the nearly 150 lots from the collection, highlights include a pair of Chinese rosewood day beds estimated at $15,000 – 20,000, a Chinese Lingbi scholar’s rock with a $3,000- 5,000 estimate, a pair of Chinese painted pottery figures of caparisoned horses estimated at $30,000 – 50,000 and a Chinese embellished gilt, red and black lacquered floor screen with a presale estimate of $15,000 – 25,000.


The single owner auction will be trailed by Japanese, Southeast Asian, Indian and Korean works of art, followed by Chinese books, textiles, furniture, art and snuff bottles.


Highlights in these categories include Asano Clan warrior armor from the Edo Period ($3,000 – 5,000), a Thai gilt bronze figure of seated Buddha from the Ayutthaya Period ($2,000 – 3,000), and a Korean mother-of-pearl inlaid black lacquered wood cabinet, 19th century, ($800 – 1,200).


Chinese highlights include a pair of gilt lacquered wood seal chests, Qing Dynasty ($10,000 – 20,000), a Chinese embroidered silk dragon robe Jifu ($2,000 – 4,000), a Chinese gold mounted pierce carved jadeite brooch ($5,000 – 7,000), a famille rose Millefleur porcelain bottle vase ($2,000 – 4,000) and a white jade snuff bottle ($4,000 – 6,000).


The preview for the Asian Works of Art sale opens Thursday, March 17 at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ Chicago saleroom.

belz museum horses chinese
chinese embellished floor screen
chinese lingbi scholars rock
thai gilt bronze buddha
gilt lacquered wood chests
famille rose millefleur vase
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