Located in the most dynamic market in the Southwest, Dallas Auction Gallery holds regular auctions in a professional-viewing gallery and auction house offering antique furniture, decorative arts, art glass, porcelain, fine art, contemporary fine art, antique silver, Asian art, antiquities, estate jewelry, French, Continental and American antique furniture and much more.
Its January Antique and Decorative Arts Sale, Jan. 14, has 316 lots and a cross section of Native-American items, silver, French, English, American and Continental furniture, fine and decorative art, and a singular collection of Asian art, porcelain and statuary.
Among my selections are several Asian pieces, Korean and Chinese, with intrinsic, artistic value that will hold their own even in the volatile global economic crunch. Asian pieces of good classical artistic style as seen in the November Asian week Sotheby sale, along with contemporary Asian works of art, are still claiming high prices and make a good long/short term investment.
Lot 102, a Korean Koryo Dynasty (12th, 13th century) celadon inlaid stoneware vase depicting three blossoming chrysanthemums and banana leaves. Thirteen inches high, unmarked, with an estimate of $2,500-$4,000, it has the factors of rarity and artistic staying power to make the piece a good investment.
Korean Koryo Dynasty vase
Lot 123, an early Chinese Republic (1912-1949) eggshell porcelain vase with a continuous hand-painted landscape has an estimate of $2,000-$4,000. It is interesting not so much because of its artistic value but rather as a representative piece of the time in which it was made.
Chinese Republic eggshell vase
Lot 150, a Chinese Qing Dynasty gilt bronze “God of Prosperity” statue, superbly cast to depict a warrior seated on the back of a lion, raised on a lotus stand. This late 17th-century piece has an estimate of $5,000-$8,000.
Qing Dynasty statue
Lot 153, a unique and superbly crafted carved Chinese burl wood depicting mountains and 18 Lohan (Chinese sages) in a landscape. Signed Wu Chang Shuo, it is early 20th century with an estimate of $10,000-$15,000.
Chinese burl-wood mountain
Lot 159, a late third-quarter 20th century, Italian, carved shell cameo designed and executed by Gennaro Garofalo, depicting the Good Shepherd after the painting by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo which shows Christ as a youthful shepherd, signed Garofalo and set in an 18-karat gold setting. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000.
Lot 267, Honolulu Pearl Harbor front page, Dec. 7, 1941. This mint condition newspaper, with headline reading “War! Oahu Bombed by Japanese Planes,” is going in with an estimate of $800- $1,200.
Pearl Harbor attack front page
Dallas Auction Gallery sells all items with a buyer’s premium of 19.5 percent for items up to $200,000 on the floor and 22.5 percent on Internet sales. For items more than $200,000, there is a 12 percent buyer’s premium on the floor and 17 percent for Internet sales.
– By Christopher Kent, a member of the WorthPoint board of advisers and director of evaluations for WorthPoint. He is also an antiques and collectibles generalist, fine-arts broker and president of CTK Design.
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