Ming Dynasty Bronze Statue of Standing Figure Nets $27,600 at Nadeau’s Spring Auction

This large Chinese bronze standing figure from the Ming Dynasty was the top lot at the annual Spring Asian Antiques & Fine Art Auction held March 20 by Nadeau’s Auction Gallery. It realized $27,600.

WINDSOR, Conn. – A large Chinese bronze statue of a standing figure, possibly a god of war or other deity and made during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), sold for $27,600 at the annual Spring Asian Antiques & Fine Art Auction held March 20 by Nadeau’s Auction Gallery. The event was held in Nadeau’s gallery facility, located at 25 Meadow Road in Windsor, Conn.

The bronze was the top earner of the 600 or so quality, mostly fresh-to-the-market lots that changed hands. Some damage to the rear of the statue’s robe and stand didn’t deter bidders, who were more than happy to engage in a spirited battle for the prize. And that scenario played itself out many times during the course of the day, as participation far exceeded that of past sales.

“Bidding was strong across the board,” said Ed Nadeau of Nadeau’s Auction Gallery. “We had between 60 and 80 people in the room, where in past spring sales there may have been 15 or 20. Online bidding had two to three times the normal traffic, and telephone and left bids were double what they normally are.” Online bidding for the sale was facilitated by Artfact.com.

Nadeau said that the probable reason for the auction’s success was the Asian component. “We’ve had seven or eight Asian sales now, and every year they just keep getting stronger and stronger.”

Following are additional highlights from the auction, which grossed over $400,000 (all prices quoted include a 15-percent buyer’s premium):

Two lots realized identical final sale prices of $18,400. The first was a 20th-century trio of Chinese ivory Quan Yins, each seated in different poses on lotus bases, and boasting fitted cloth bases. The other was a very large Chinese bronze bottle-form vase with salamanders applied to the neck and supported by two tubular handles. The vase was from the 18th century, maybe older.

Fine Satsuma meiping vase with lion-headed handles, signed “Kinkozan, Meiji,” sold for $12,075.

A fine Satsuma meiping vase (a tall, high-shouldered Chinese vase having a small neck and narrow mouth), with lion-head handles and signed “Kinkozan, Meiji,” commanded $12,075, while an exquisitely painted Satsuma baluster vase (having a long neck and bulbous, swelling body), with applied handles painted with panels of palms, roosters and wisteria, rose to $10,350.

A gorgeous jade hat finial soared to $14,950; a 19th-century Asian bronze rendering of a seated Buddha on a lotus (possibly Chinese), breezed to $8,625; and a Japanese étagère cabinet in two parts, having eight doors with mother or pearl, ivory and gilt, pierce carving, three large black panels and mounted with multi metal hardware, made $10,925.

This trio of Chinese ivory Quan Yins, 20th century, each seated in different poses, brought $18,400.

A large and important Japanese barrel-form Satsuma vase from the Makuzu Kozan workshop, with extremely well-painted reserves of figures and a Shinto shrine in flowering landscapes surrounded by textile-inspired intricately painted brocade borders, rose to $9,975; and a large 20th-century Chinese ivory figure of an immortal, possibly Lan Ts’aibo, brought $4,600.

For more information about this auction, call 860.246.2444, e-mail to heather@nadeausauction.com or visit the Nadeau’s Auction Gallery web site.

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