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A Chinese Bronze Ritual Gong VesselEstimate $60,000 – $80,000. Sold for $722,500. Photo Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

CHICAGO, IL.- A Chinese bronze ritual gong vessel sold for $722,500 on Wednesday at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ sale of Asian Works of Art from the Collection of Phillip and Kay Cha. The auction brought international collectors out in force, staking their claim on Chinese works of art assembled by the couple over a period of over thirty years. The sale included paintings, ceramics and furniture from both the Chas’ private collection and Asian House, their Chicago gallery. 

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A Chinese Bronze Ritual Gong VesselEstimate $60,000 – $80,000. Sold for $722,500. Photo Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

the beast form vessel having a fitted cover depicting the animal's scrolled horns above protruding round eyes, the face with C-scrolls and flanked by small tapering ears, the back surmounted by scrolled upright flanges, the handle with incised ribs and terminating in wings, and the body with sinuous beasts over a leiwen ground, with taotie masks having prominent, round eyes separated by knotched vertical flanges, raised on the flared, square base with scrolled, confronting beasts separated by vertical flanges, bearing multiple inscriptions. Height 12 5/8 inches. 

Provenance: Gurie Gallery, Montreal

Notes: Compare to a similar example with similar inscriptions at the Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Tokyo, published in Rawson, Jessica. Western Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collection Volume IIB, Fig. 117.10.

The auction’s top three lots alone grossed more than a million dollars. The gong vessel attracted numerous buyers who flew into Chicago to view it firsthand, and had been in the Chas’ personal collection for several years after having been purchased decades ago from the storied Gurie Gallery in Montreal. A gui vessel, also with Gurie Gallery provenance, sold for $266,500, and a yu, an unusual ritual vessel covered with pointed bosses, brought $182,500. Each of these bronzes bear archaic inscriptions and were part of the Chas’ personal collection, kept and admired in their Chicago home for several years

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A Chinese Bronze Ritual Gui Vessel, Early Western Zhou StyleEstimate $10,000 – $20,000. Sold for $266,500. Photo Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

early Western Zhou style, having double handles surmounted by beast heads and terminating in horizontal, pendent rectangular flanges, the body depicting two pairs of confronting dragons centered by shaped flanges, over a scrolled leiwen ground, the flared foot depicting two pairs of sinuous dragons separated with short vertical flanges, with inscription to the interior. Width over handles 10 5/8 inches.  

Provenance: Gurie Gallery, Montreal 

Notes: Compare to a similar example, Sotheby's New York, 7 June 2000, lot 8

Basin engraved with mandarin ducks and flowers

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A Bronze Yu Ritual Food Vessel. Estimate $4,000 – $6,000. Sold for $182,500. Photo Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

of circular footed form having traces of lacquer, the deeply cast bowl with raised and pointed bosses within a diamond pattern matrix of incised lines, raised on a pedestal foot. Height 6 1/4 x diameter 9 3/4 inches.  

Notes: Compare to a similar example, Sotheby's London 19 March 2013, lot 59

Mr. and Mrs. Cha are two of the warmest, most generous, and intelligent people that anyone could meet. The success of this auction reflects their discerning taste and intuition in this field,” said Phyllis Kao, Director of Asian Works of Art. 

Another highlight of the sale was an important Chinese painting on silk, which sold for $55,440 after a long struggle between telephone and online bidders. The painting depicts Vanavasa meditating in a grotto, and once hung in the Chas’ sitting room. 

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A Chinese Painting on Silk of Vanavasa Meditating, Anonymous, Late Song Dynasty or later. Estimate $20,000 – $40,000. Sold for $55,440. Photo Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

depicting the luohan meditating in the hollow of a grotto, with bare trees depicted behind the cave, the monk wearing hoop earrings and florally patterned, hooded robes, his shoes placed outside the cave entrance and facing the mountain pass; laid to board and framed. Height 33 x width 17 inches. 

Provenance: Purchased at Sotheby Parke-Bernet, New York, 28 and 29 February 1964, lot 167. Original catalogue included