Asia Week NY 2014 Starts in Westchester.

LIGHTNING RELEASES (3/11/2014) – To help kick off Asian Week 2014 in New York City, Clarke Auction will offer a quality selection of Chinese and Asian art and objects in their March 16th sale.

The Chinese and Asian offerings include quality objects of Chinese porcelain in many forms.  The stand-out Chinese porcelain lots include two similarly designed vintage Chinese porcelain barrel form garden seats (est. $800/$1,200), two separate pairs of vintage signed Chinese porcelain plaques (est. $1,000/$1,500 each), a Chinese vase mounted as a lamp with orange and green dragon motif (est. $1,000/$1,500), and a pair of antique/vintage Fahua vases (est. $600/$900). Chinese and Asian porcelain pieces will also include many lots of vases, additional garden seats, plaques, figures, bowls, serving dishes, lamps, and more.

The Chinese and Asian selection will also include several important examples of furniture and design including a large pair of antique Chinese hardwood incense stands (est. $1,500/$2,500), a pair of cloisonné vases on copper (est. $600/$900), several lots of Asian textiles, including a bright and quality handmade Tibetan thangka, several lots of ivory and stone carvings, an antique Chinese hardwood étagère (est. $800/$1,200) and much more.

The decorative art selection also adds to the appeal of value in the sale. The decorative category of sculpture will feature important works including a bronze by Joz. De Loose entitled “Unexpected Visit” (est. $1,000/$1,500) which depicts a stylized seated modernist male figure with a dog.  To be sold directly after the De Loose bronze will be a quality signed and stamped double sided bust by Josep Subirachs. A Spanish artist and sculptor, Subirachs is known for his unique modern pieces and has always been represented well by Clarke in the past.  Other sculptural work by local Westchester, New York artist Robert Zeidman and a folksy figural sculpture by Nancy McGuire will also be offered in the selection on March 16th.

Certain items like the Tiffany Studios Acorn Lamp on bronze Harvard base (est. $4,000/$6,000), or a Large pair of patinated bronze figural lamps (est. $2,500/$3,500) will be of particular and specific interest in the decorative selection, but all decorative works will span a wide range of sub-categories.  For example, a beautiful 19th century classical style giltwood mirror (est. $1,000/$2,000), a bronze mounted marble figural clock (est. $800/$1,200), and a large Tiffany style dome top chandelier (est. $800/$1,200) will be offered.

Sterling silver and Jewelry items will also be included in the well rounded sale at Clarke on March 16th. Notable silver sterling lots include a late 19th century Tiffany & Co. aesthetic movement pitcher (est. $2,000/$3,000), a 19th century jeweled, enameled, and gilded Neff ship with Austrian hallmarks (est. $2,000/$3,000), an English silver grape motif centerpiece (est. $1,000/$1,500), and a Judaica sterling multi layer Seder plate (est. $800/$1,200). The sterling selection will also include many lots of miscellaneous flatware, hollowware, Judaica objects of sterling and more.

There are several special jewelry offerings including a round brilliant cut diamond ring (est. $1,500/$1,000), several lots of gold jewelry, several lots of diamond rings, groupings of contemporary and vintage jewelry, a Chopard 18kt white gold “Happy Spirit” pendant and chain (est. $4,000/$6,000), as well as an art deco platinum, diamond, and sapphire bracelet (est. $2,000/$3,000).

Midcentury design will also be at the forefront of the collectable design market in the coming sale. Clarke will feature many lots from desirable designers including an Isamu Noguchi glass top coffee table, a set of 3 Karpen club chairs, a set of 6 Fritz Hansen Oxford chairs, a set of George Nelson for Herman Miller desks, a Michele De Lucchi “Cyclos” chandelier, several Artimede lighting lots, chairs by Harry Bertoia, and a wall sculpture by Robert Schmidt. There will also be a beautiful Dux sofa, a Paul McCobb sectional sofa, a gorgeous Pace chrome and burl walnut server, a highly unique pair of low leather chairs, and more.

While the timeliness of the sale caters to the Asian and modern markets, there will also be many pieces of high quality antique furnishing.  The most significant piece to be offered at Clarke on March 16th, both monetarily and historically, is a 17th century, thirteen foot long continental table (est. $2000-$3000). The table is in remarkable condition for its age and may prove to be a highly important antique.

Various carpets on the auction block will include Persian roomsize carpets, Sarouk carpets, a vintage Kilm throw rug, a large Chinese Peking carpet, and more.  Antique furnishing lots will also include a very well constructed 19th century bronze mounted and marble top vitrine (est. $1,500/$2,500), a continental lacquered and ivory inlaid cabinet (est. $1,500/$2,500), a gray marble and mahogany center table (est. $800/$1,200), a Regency rosewood two door cabinet (est. $400/$600), several antique trunks and chests, armoires, beds, desks, dining sets, tables, chairs, mirrors, and more.

In order to gauge the full scope of the quality of the over 300 lots in the upcoming sale at Clarke, please visit the online catalog at www.clarkeny.com at any time leading up to the sale.

The in-house previews for the sale will be Friday & Saturday, March 14th & 15th from 12pm to 6pm Eastern Standard Time. In-house previews will also be held on March 16th (day of sale) from 10am to 12pm (start of sale).

For information on consignment, sales, or the upcoming auction, please call the gallery directly at 914 833 8336 or email info@clarkeny.com.