Lark Mason Associates Asian Art Sale Now Open for Auction on

An 18th-century Chinese Zitan cabinet with dragon-carved panels, with later additions
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A Chinese Ruyi celadon jade scepter, incised with a poem written by Emperor Qianlong (1736-1795)
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Bidding is now open for more than 500 works of Asian art at the Lark Mason Associates Asian Sale, at until April 16. This diverse sale includes a selection of Indian sculpture, Korean porcelain, Japanese artwork and Chinese art from the Shang dynasty to the Republic period.

“There are some real gems in this sale,” says Lark Mason. “Asian art is in full swing as evidenced by the $150.5 million in total sales at Asia Week New York. This sale provides a buying opportunity for anyone interested in Asian art.

Highlights include a substantial Chinese Zitan cabinet with carved dragon panels, dating from the 18th century with later additions. Estimated between $80,000 and $120,000, the cabinet incorporates side panels and drawers representing the four seasons, with a stunning pair of dragon doors. The cabinet was purchased by Eliza Scidmore – the sister of the American consul in Shanghai, from Beijing in 1901 – who lent the doors to the Smithsonian, along with a Chinese Celadon Jade Ruyi scepter, incised with a poem written by the emperor Qianlong (1736-1795), estimated between $50,000 and $80,000. Also on offer are a pair of covered jars decorated with gilt and enamel from the Famille Rose, Qianlong mark, Republic period, at $40,000/60,000 and a pair of mounted Chinese jade and cloisonné hardwood panels in 19th century Zitan and hardwood, at $40,000/60,000.

The selection of Buddhist artworks includes an impressive life-size sculpture of a Chinese wooden carved figure of Avalokiteshvara, from the Yuan dynasty or early Ming dynasties, which was once part of the Ian Woodner collection, today now consigned by a European collector, estimated at $150,000. –250,000.

A Pair of Chinese Jade and Cloisonne Mounted Zitan and Hardwood Scroll Form Panels
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A pair of Chinese jade and cloisonné panels mounted in Zitan and hardwood, consigned by an American physician, who formed his collection with purchases from galleries in New York and San Francisco in the 1960s, are estimated to be between 40 000 and $60,000.

Viewing is by appointment only at Lark Mason Associates offices in New York and New Braunfels, TX. For more information visit

Laura J. Boyer