Bonhams New York is auctioning an exquisite collection of Chinese embellishments spanning more than 2,000 years ago on September 21, 2020
August 21, 2020: From intricate earrings to remarkable headbands, Bonhams New York is presenting a spectacular collection of Chinese ornaments on September 21, 2020. There are 63 lots in total comprising accessories like earrings, necklaces, bangles, ear cups and mat weights in gold, silver and bronze.
The first 50 lots are from the collection of well-known Los Angeles based artist and designer Robert Kuo. Offering pieces from antiquity as well as modern interpretations of classic designs in jewelry and adornments, Kuo’s collection shows his discerning eye for objects spanning across all eras and also the aesthetic appeal in Chinese history.
Other lots reflect high regard for gold and silver and also acute craftsmanship among Chinese aristocracy and the imperial family. The two highlights from the sale - a rare inlaid gilt bronze belt hook (estimate: US$6000–8000), and a fine and rare inlaid bronze garment hook (estimate: US$20,000–30,000) - showcase the engraving and gilding from the Warring States Period (475 BC- 221 BC). The pair of gold ‘bird’ earrings (estimate US$3,000–5,000) and a pair of gold bracelets (US$8,000–12,000) from the Song dynasty era (960-1279) reflect the aesthetic of the natural world and simple elegance of that period.
The Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1636-1912) era ornaments were resplendent and luxurious, reminiscent of the imperial aura which is reflected in the a pair of gold ‘figural’ earring pendants (US$8,000–12,000), which dangle in complex elegance; as well as in a gold dragon bracelet (estimate US$8,000–12,000). The concluding lot includes 12 pieces from different private collections, one of the pieces being a stellar phoenix gold headband from Mid to late Qing Dynasty (US$180,000–220,000).
Bonhams will also be hosting an afternoon session on Chinese Paintings and Works of Art sale comprising artworks like a rare Marble Torso of The Buddha Tang Dynasty (estimate: US$200,000–300,000) Qi Baishi (1862-1957); Narcissus, Rock And Quail (estimate: US$80,000–120,000); a Massive Sancai Glazed Pottery Figure of a Camel Tang Dynasty (estimate: US$80,000–120,000), and; a rare Imperial Gilt-Lacquered Bronze ‘Phoenix’ Vase, Qianlong Mark And of The Period (estimate: US$70,000–100,000).