HOUSTON, Oct. 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Rivertown Antiques & Estate Services, one of the world's most trusted sources of Asian fine and decorative art, will present a 202-lot auction on Saturday, October 12 featuring rarities that follow a timeline from the Shang Dynasty (2nd millennium BC) through the 20th century. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
The carefully curated connoisseur's selection includes distinguished estate and family items from the United States, Great Britain and Continental Europe. Sources include the David Collins collection, the estate of William Nelson, the Fan Guang collection, and property from the collections of Charles George, and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Johnson.
No reserve has been placed on any of the lots. "We are absolutely confident that the artworks and antiques chosen for this sale, which are of utmost quality and impeccable provenance, will attract the market prices they deserve," said Rivertown spokesperson Rafael Leite. "We're very proud of the artworks in this sale, which took our expert appraiser many months to authenticate and catalog."
Three of the many exquisite bronzes in the sale come with provenance from the collection of David Collins (1902-1975), then by descent through the Collins family. Mr. Collins acquired his bronzes and other important Chinese and Tibetan artworks during the 1920s and '30s while an official with the British Consular Service in China and Eastern Tibet. In all, 38 pieces from the Collins collection will be auctioned.
Among the highlights is a superb 9½-inch Chinese Ming Dynasty gilt-bronze Buddha, Yongle mark and period. In a vintage photograph of David Collins' residence (shown in the online catalog), the Buddha is visible through the window of an elegant Chinese cabinet. Estimate: $200-$400
Other premier bronzes from the Collins collection include a Chinese Ming Dynasty gilt-bronze figure of Padmasambhava, 10½ inches; and an ornate 15th-century Ming Dynasty Buddha, 12¾ inches. Each is estimated at $200-$400 and appears in a family photo accompanying the catalog description.
A stunning array of antique Chinese ceramics awaits bidders, showing a variety of styles and glazes. Both a 9-inch Song Dynasty Henan black-glazed, ribbed jar and 9½-inch Ming Dynasty Longquan celadon jar with attractive bas-relief botanical motif come with provenance from the collection of Fan Guang (1886-1962). A political figure and historian, Fan Guang was China's political vice minister of Foreign Affairs from 1928-1931 and counselor to the Ministry of Finance from 1940-1944. The auction features 28 lots from this old collection, which descended through Fan Guang's family to the present heir in California. Each piece is an attractive buying opportunity with a pre-sale estimate of $200-$400.
Yet another honored source of Chinese decorative art in this auction is the estate of William Nelson, who traveled extensively in Asia while working for the US State Department in the 1970s and 1990s. Mr. Nelson acquired many fine pieces while on diplomatic missions in the Far East. Premier examples from his holdings include a 19¾-inch Qing Dynasty vase, Qianlong mark and period; and two exceptionally beautiful famille rose vases, both Qianlong mark and period, that were purchased at a Hong Kong auction in 1995. Each vase carries a $200-$400 estimate.
Rivertown's Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 no-reserve auction will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern Time, with absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. For additional information call 844-273-9740; email email@example.com.
Rafael Leite, 844-273-9740
SOURCE Rivertown Antiques & Estate Services