A Pan Asian collection with fine examples of Chinese, Japanese and Sino-Tibetan works of art rare to the market and out of public view in storage for approximately 30 years will be among the highlights at the Saturday, Oct. 2 Catalogue Auction of the Alexandria auction gallery The Potomack Company.
Noteworthy in the October sale are jades from the collection of one of the top American mid-20th century Asian works of art dealers who was based in Chicago and helped build museum collections. Among this collection are a fine Chinese white jade table screen (Qing dynasty, Qianlong period 1736-1796) estimated $20,000-30,000, a Chinese jadeite standing Guanyin estimated $3000-5,000, a pair of Chinese carved turquoise table screens (Qing dynasty, late 19th/early 20th century) estimated $5,000-8,000 and a Chinese amethyst carved peach-form box and cover (Qing dynasty), estimate $4,000-6,000.
Other Asian items of interest are important Chinese textiles, including a Chinese late Ming dynasty Kesi altar cloth, Chinese silk robes and 19th century Chinese civilian fifth rank badges. Japanese works of art include well executed sword furniture, tsubas and multi-chained purse chains.
The Potomack Company’s Oct. 2 sale will also feature important items from a Maryland estate with fine English furniture purchased from the well known dealer of English furniture William Blair. This collection includes a pair of English Chippendale giltwood wall brackets (circa 1750-1775) and a George I parcel-gilt and figured walnut mirror (early 18th century).
Also in the sale is a group of 19th century European paintings, including works by Narcisse Virgile Diaz de la Pena, Henry John Yeend King, Charles Warren Eaton, Winkworth Allan Gay and "Jewish Captives at Babylon" by the English born artist Edward Harrison May, dated 1861. In addition, a pair of 19th century China trade paintings entitled "The Glenlyon" and "The Kate Carnie" are among the numerous works of art to be sold.
Public viewing of the October Catalogue Auction at the gallery will begin on Sept. 25. The exhibition will be open daily from Sept. 25 to Oct. 2. Advance registration for telephone, absentee and internet bidding will be available prior to the auction, and live bidding in the gallery’s showroom will begin at 10 a.m. EST on Oct. 2.
The Potomack Company is a fine arts and antiques auction gallery located at 526 North Fayette Street in Alexandria. Call 703-684-4550 or visit www.potomackcompany.com.