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COWAN’S AUCTIONS, INC. TOPS $1.2 MILLION IN JANUARY 27 ASIAN ART AUCTION
CINCINNATI, OH – February 1, 2012— Cowan’s Auctions January 27 Asian Art
Auction realized $1.2 million in sales on 403 lots. With nearly 800 bidders on
the telephone, online and in the gallery the competition for many of the jade,
porcelain and ivory collections was intense.
The highlight of the auction was the collection of jade assembled by the late
Mr. Richard C. Friedman of Shaker Heights, OH. Friedman’s collection brought
numerous Asian dealers and collectors from across the globe to the Cowan’s
salesroom because of its superb merit. The highest selling lot in the sale, an
Archaistic Jadeite Lidded Wine Vessel (pictured below), was from Friedman’s
collection and hammered
down at $132,000. Another piece from his collection, a White Jade Hu-Form
Lidded Vase realized $119, 850 to a bidder who traveled from outside of the
U.S. specifically for this piece.
Additional note-worthy lots in the auction included a Chinese Rosewood Chair,
which hammered down at $36,000 and a group of Chinese Mother-of-Pearl Inlaid
furniture from a private collection, previously owned by famed Scottish
playwright and literary figure, James Morrison. The combined lots from the
Morrison collection realized nearly $87,000.
"We are exceptionally pleased with the results,” states Wes Cowan, President
and Principal Auctioneer. Moreover, he notes that “After our inaugural sale in
August, 2011 we were very cognizant of focusing on quality offerings. This
sale was a validation of that focus; prices were strong across the board."
The next Asian Art Auction is scheduled for July 2012; exceptional consignments
are currently being sought for this sale. For inquiries, please contact Graydon
Sikes at Graydon@cowans.com or 513.871.1670.
About Cowan’s Auctions, Inc.
As one of the nation’s leading auction houses with sales approaching $20
million, Cowan’s has been helping individuals and institutions build important
collections for more than a decade. The company’s seven divisions of American
History, American Indian and Western Art, American and European Fine and
Decorative Art, Historic Firearms & Early Militaria, Asian Art, Ceramics, and
Jewelry hold semi-annual cataloged sales that routinely set records for rare
Through its extensive mailing list of more than 35,000 collectors, dealers and
institutional clients, each Cowan’s auction typically attracts more than 1,000
bidders from across the globe. To learn more about Cowan’s visit our website