Published: July 11, 2006
The recent sale of Asian art on www.igavel.com brought a record for the site, with 148 lots selling for $864,600.
“We are delighted,” says president Lark E. Mason. “It’s what we believed would happen when we started the company three years ago – we enable buyers and sellers to participate from around the world, because they are comfortable with our platform, knowing that we guarantee every lot for authenticity and condition.”
The star of the show was a Chinese carved red and black lacquer brushpot, which zoomed from a starting bid of $750 to a final sale of $86,800, with ten bidders from seven countries participating.
Other top sellers included a large Chinese cloisonné enamel peach dish, Eighteenth Century, at $68,600 and a Chinese cloisonné enamel tripod basin, Sixteenth/Seventeenth Century, for $58,000.
A Chinese landscape scroll painting, ink and watercolor on paper fetched $56,400; a Chinese cloisonné enamel and gilt-bronze censer and cover at $40,800 and a gray and while jade snuff bottle, Eighteenth Century, $37,200. Other items included an unusual Chinese cinnabar lacquer and ivory cricket cage, Nineteenth Century, which fetched $18,600.
“The cloisonné and other works of art were of very highquality and were accompanied by bright, clear images, enablingbuyers from international locations who could not attend the saleto participate. The strong results reflected the booming market inChinese art,” said Mason.
The objects in the sale came from two major collections, one from the estate of the Reverend John Walch, a noted artist whose drawings are owned by the Philbrook Museum of Art (Tulsa) and the Fogg Museum of Art (Harvard), and a collection of snuff bottles and other works of art from a Minnesota family.
All prices include the buyer’s premium. iGavel’s gallery is at 229 East 120th Street. For information, www.igavel.com or 212-289-5588.
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