Scheduled during Asia Week New York 2015, Doyle New York’s March 16 sale presents the arts of China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia dating from the Neolithic Period through the 20th century. Offerings include pottery and porcelain, jade, scholar’s objects, bronzes, screens, furniture and paintings.
Sale highlights include a pair of massive Chinese cloisonne elephants, early 20th century, height 72 inches, from the estate of philanthropist and conservationist Frank Butler II of Palm Beach, Florida (est. $70,000-90,000). Furniture in the sale offers a Chinese huanghuali corner leg table from the Kangxi Period (est. $60,000-80,000).
Other noteworthy offerings include a Chinese red overlay pink glass bottle vase with the Qianlong Mark and of the Period, height 9 1/4 inches (est. $50,000-70,000)/ A Chinese soapstone seal chop attributed to the Imperial Qianlong Workshop reads 'Zhi Zhu Xing Ying'. and measures approx. 2 inches square (est. $25,000-35,000). Zhi Zhu Xing Qing referring to wisdom and learning by heart was first used by the Qianlong Emperor. Later it was engraved on the wooden plaque that hangs inside the Yu Hua Pavilion located in the Forbidden City, built in 1749 to worship Tibetan Buddhism. Bronzes in the sale feature a Sino-Tibetan gilt-bronze seated Avalokesvara, height 11 inches (est. $25,000-35,000).
Featured in the sale is property from the Estate of Peter K. Warren (1920-2014). A prominent figure in the beverage industry for almost 70 years, Mr. Warren shepherded Pepsi-Cola from a one-product company into an international brand.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mr. Warren was raised in New York. He enlisted in the army during in World War II and served for seven years, achieving the rank of Captain. Following the War, he briefly worked as a journalist and copy writer before beginning his career in the beverage industry at Coca-Cola. There he befriended industry icon Alfred Steele, who was Coca-Cola’s Vice President of Marketing, and he followed Mr. Steele to Pepsi-Cola in 1950. In 1952, while on business in Havana, Cuba, Mr. Warren met Flamenco dancer Maria Dolores Pardinas Noguera, whom he married after a whirlwind romance.
In 1959, Mr. Warren was named Pepsi-Cola’s Vice President of Marketing, and in 1963, he became President of Pepsi-Cola International. He served as CEO and was appointed to Pepsi’s Board of Directors. Under his leadership the firm expanded globally, and by his retirement from Pepsi in 1985, the firm had revenues in excess of $7.5 billion, with products in 150 countries and territories.
The collection of Asian works of art assembled by Peter K. Warren represents over fifty years of collecting. While developing his business career, Peter, with his beloved wife, Maria, at his side, combed the globe combining their love of travel with their growing passion for collecting. They formed long-lasting friendships with prominent dealers K.S. Lo, Jeremy Mason, Elinor Gordon, Bluett & Sons, and Vallin Galleries.
Property from the Estate of Peter K. Warren comprises 90 lots throughout the sale. Highlights include a Qing Dynasty Famille Rose enameled porcelain bowl, the base with four-character hallmark in iron red, diameter 6 5/8 inches (est. $15,000-25,000); a sky blue glazed porcelain vase with the Yongzheng Mark and of the Period, height 7 3/4 inches (est. $10,000-15,000); and a Tang Dynasty painted pottery figure of a prancing horse, height 23 inches (est. $10,000-15,000.
The public is invited to the exhibition on view at Doyle New York from March 13 through 15. Doyle New York is located at 175 East 87th Street in Manhattan. The Internet catalogue may be viewed at Doyle.com. For information, call 212-427-2730 or visit Doyle.com.