Collecting guide: 10 things to know about classical Chinese furniture
Event Date5 December 2019 | Live auction 17735
Comprising over 330 lots, with estimates ranging from £600 to £120,000, A South American Private Collection features a diverse range of works of art spanning four millennia and from across the globe. Acquired with an eclectic and expert eye over the past five decades, with a focus on quality, rarity and provenance, many pieces once graced distinguished private collections formed in the first half of the 20th century, including the Hermann Rosenfeld Collection of Chinese Art and the Ortolani Family Collections from Rome, Montevideo and Brazil.
A passion for the East weaves through the whole collection - from the far reaches of Japan and China, though Tibet and India to the ‘Near East’ of Damascus and Russia. Chinese works of art lead the sale and include Archaic Shang dynasty bronzes, striking Tang Dynasty camels and horses, Ming celadon and jades, through to fine porcelain and bronzes from the Wanli, Kangxi and Qianlong periods. Indian works of art, including three early stone figural sculptures and a colourful inlaid pietra dura panel with scrolling foliage following designs seen on the Taj Mahal, sit alongside ancient Egyptian shabtis and 16th-century Islamic tiles. European works of art are no less diverse and wide-ranging: from medieval illuminated manuscript leaves and 16th century Old Masters, to striking marble sculptures of the 18th and 19th centuries alongside delicate flower paintings by Johan-Laurentz Jensen. The collector’s zeal continued into the 20th century, with silver tableware by the Danish master Georg Jensen and a rare parchment cabinet by Pierre Chareau (circa 1929).
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