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Kaminski sells Chinese art collection for $2.6M

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Written by Auction House PR   
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 16:51

Chinese Republic Period Famille Rose vase, painted with a continuous landscape scene with calligraphy, mark on base, on wood stand, 15 inches x 6 1/2 inches. Sold For $220,000. Image courtesy Kaminski Auctions.

BEVERLY, Mass. – The outstanding art collection of Wen Tsan Yu with works by many famous Chinese artists, the most notable Qi Baishi (1864-1957) sold for over $2.6 million dollars at Kaminski Auctions on March 30-31.

Other artists in the collection, included Puru (1896-1963) and Pu Jin (1893-1966). Most paintings included a dedication by the artist to “Yu San,” Wen Tsan Yu and the collector’s personal seal. Also in this sale, was his collection of exquisitely painted fans, the most important being a 20th century fan of paper leaf and featuring painting by Wang Yun (1888-1934) on reverse with calligraphy by Zhu Nuzhen.

“Yu's collection is one of the rare collections by a Chinese scholar to come to auction. This collection of art and antiques is among the best I've ever seen,” said Ben Wang, Asian specialist.

Five 20th century Chinese paintings by Qi Bashi sold at Kaminski’s March Fine Asian Art and Antique Sale for a record $2.3 million dollars to break all records for the artist. All five paintings were 20th century scroll paintings of ink and color on paper, signed and sealed Qi Bashi and dedicated by the artist to "Yu San," Wen Tsan Yu with the collector's personal seal.

Wen Tsan Yu was raised in China and later became a professor at Peking University. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 1916 with a Ph.B, and from Harvard University in 1919 with a LL.B. The family's maternal great grandfather was Moy Toy Ni, (Charlie Toy) who came to the United States in the late 1800s and settled in Milwaukee. He was widely known as “Chinese Rockefeller” in the early 20th century. Paintings in this collection had been in the family for over 50 years.

Chinese porcelain from the family's collection also brought top prices. A pair of Famille Verte bowls decorated with floral roundels, marked on the base in a double ring, sold for $300,000. From the Republic Period, a Famille Rose baluster form vase having a painted continuous landscape scene and a calligraphy mark on the base sold for $220,000.

The booming Chinese art market fueled bidding from all over the United States, Hong Kong and China for this rare Chinese scholar's collection.

Kaminski Auctions will hold its next Asian sale on May 12 at 10 a.m. Eastern at its auction gallery at 117 Elliott St., in Beverly, Mass. For more information visit www.kaminskiauctions.com or call 978-927-2223.
Click here to view the fully illustrated catalog for this sale, complete with prices realized.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 Chinese Republic Period Famille Rose vase, painted with a continuous landscape scene with calligraphy, mark on base, on wood stand, 15 inches x 6 1/2 inches. Sold For $220,000. Image courtesy Kaminski Auctions.

Pair of Famille Verte bowls, China, 19th-early 20th century, decorated with floral roundels, mark on base in double ring, 2 1/2 inches x 5 1/2 inches. Sold For $300,000. Image courtesy Kaminski Auctions. 

Chinese 20th century painting of plum blossoms, ink and color on paper, signed and sealed Qi Baishi (1864-1957), dedicated to Yu San, 53 inches x 13 1/4 inches. Sold For $510,000. Image courtesy Kaminski Auctions.

Chinese 20th century painting, ink and color on paper, signed and sealed Qi Baishi (1864-1957), 53 1/4 inches x 13 inches. Water stains at bottom. Sold For $410,000. Image courtesy Kaminski Auctions.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 April 2012 11:53
 
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