Doyle to Auction Asian Works of Art on September 9

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  • September 03, 2019

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Chinese Gilt-Bronze Figure of Vajrabhairava and Vajra Vetali, Qianlong Six-Character Mark on Base, Height 7 1/2 inches. Est. $20,000-30,000
Imperial Tibetan Gold Woven Tapestry Hanging of the 'One-Thousand' Buddhas, Qianlong Period, 57 x 128 inches. Est. $10,000-15,000
Chinese Multi-Color Overlay Glass Snuff Bottle, Height 2 7/8 inches. The Kaufman Collection. Est. $3,000-5,000

NEW YORK, NY -- Scheduled during the week of Asian sales in New York, Doyle’s Asian Works of Art auction on Monday, September 9 at 10am presents the arts of China, Japan and Southeast Asia dating from the Neolithic Period through the 20th century. Showcased will be bronzes, jades, snuff bottles, porcelains, pottery, scholar’s objects and paintings from prominent collections and estates.

Highlighting the sale is a group of fine Chinese and Tibetan bronzes. A dramatic Chinese gilt-bronze figure of Vajrabhairava and Vajra Vetali with the Qianlong six-character mark on base depicts the wrathful deity striding in alidhasana on animals and prostrate figures, height 7 1/2 inches (est. $20,000-30,000).

A colorful Chinese 19th century cloisonné covered censer is supported by dragon-fish legs and decorated with fearsome taotie masks. In ancient Chinese mythology, the taotie is one of the four evil creatures of the world, along with Hundun, Qiongqi and Taowu, height 22 1/2 inches (est. $20,000-30,000).

A pair of rare Chinese 19th century cloisonné enamel and gilt-bronze 'Foreigner' candle prickets reflects the imperial court’s fascination with the exotic. Muscular figures with bushy eyebrows and thick moustaches dressed in sleeveless floral waistcoats hold aloft the pricket and drip pan, height 14 1/2 inches (est. $10,000-15,000).

An Imperial Tibetan gold woven tapestry of the Qianlong Period depicts the 'Thousand Buddhas' symbolically destined to redeem the world in successive generations. By repute it was presented to the emperor Qianlong by the Dalai Lama of Tibet for the Lamaistic temple in Beijing. The impressive tapestry measures 57 x 128 inches (est. $10,000-15,000).

The auction offers over 100 lots of Chinese snuff bottles highlighted by property from The Kaufman Collection and the Estate of Mary Ann Bresee. Works of art in miniature, the snuff bottles are crafted in a wide range of materials, including jade, agate, amethyst, enameled porcelain, glass, coral, cloisonné and lacquer.

From The Kaufman Collection are over 60 examples, including a multi-color overlay glass snuff bottle carved with colorful archaic vessels (est. $3,000-5,000), a Qing dynasty shadow agate snuff bottle (est. $2,500-3,500), and a Qing dynasty ruby glass snuff bottle carved as a lotus (est. $2,500-3,500). The Estate of Mary Ann Bresee offers 18 examples featuring a Qing dynasty celadon jade snuff bottle carved as a bottle embraced by a standing figure and decorated with a bat (est. $1,000-1,500).

From the Estate of an Upper East Side Collector are over 20 lots of exquisitely carved Chinese jade objects. A Qing dynasty celadon jade bowl is carved as a delicate lotus blossom with seeds in relief around the rim, height 2 inches (est. $1,500-2,500). An 18th/19th century Chinese white jade covered box is thinly carved in oval lobed form, length 3 1/2 inches (est. $1,500-2,500). A Qing dynasty white jade double gourd form covered box is carved in relief with a striding chilong, length 3 1/4 inches (est. $1,200-1,800).

The public is invited to the exhibition on view from Friday, September 6 through Sunday, September 8. Doyle is located at 175 East 87th Street in Manhattan. The catalogue is available online at

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