Double-sided Twelve-panel Coromandel Screen, China, Kangxi period (1662-1722) (Lot 523, Estimate$20,000-30,000)Photo Skinner

 BOSTON, MASS.- Skinner, Inc. announces its first Asian Works of Art auction of 2016, to be held in Boston Saturday, March 19 at 11AM. Encompassing more than 500 lots and featuring Chinese and Persian ceramics, jades, textiles, cloisonné and an important Coromandel screen, the sale will coincide with the annual Spring Asia Week celebration of Asian art in New York. 

Important Chinese and Persian Ceramics 
The sale includes Chinese ceramics which were formerly in the collections of Dudley L. Pickman (1779-1846), a founding member of the East India Marine Society (forerunner of today’s Peabody Essex Museum), and Charles G. Loring (1828-1902), the first Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Both the Pickmans and the Lorings were early China trade families who donated ceramics and other Asian works of art to MFA, Boston. Among the highlights in this section of the sale are a Sky-blue Glazed Bottle Vase (Lot 201, estimated between $15,000 and $20,000); a Powder Blue-glazed Bottle Vase (Lot 202, $3,000-$5,000); a Famille Verte Powder Blue-glazed Charger (Lot 207, $2,000-$3,000); and an 18th/19th century Peachbloom Water Coupe (Lot 216, $1,800-$2,000). 

Sky Blue-glazed Bottle Vase, China, possibly 18th century


Lot 201, Sky Blue-glazed Bottle Vase, China, possibly 18th century. Estimate $15,000-20,000Photo Skinner

compressed globular body with an elongated flared neck resting on a flared foot with unglazed brown-dressed rim, six-character Qianlong mark in underglaze blue on base, ht. 15 in. 

Note: Another Qianlong-marked vase of this same glaze sold at Christie's New York, Sale 2580, Lot 1541, September, 2012. 

Provenance: The descendants of Dudley L. Pickman (1779-1846), and Charles G. Loring (1828-1902) of Massachusetts.


Lot 202, Powder Blue-glazed Bottle Vase, China, 18th-19th century. Estimate $3,000-5,000. Photo Skinner

globular body with tall slender neck, white-glazed mouth rim and base, decorated in gilt with phoenix-and-cloud design below bands of floral design around shoulder, a banana leaf band to neck, and a floral band around rim, Morgan Collection sticker to base, with a carved wood stand, ht. 16 1/4 in. loss of almost all gilt details, minor surface scratches.

Provenance: The descendants of Dudley L. Pickman (1779-1846), and Charles G. Loring (1828-1902) of Massachusetts. 



Lot 207, Famille Verte Powder Blue-glazed Charger, China, possibly Kangxi period (1661-1722). Estimate $2,000-3,000. Photo Skinner

with rounded sides and slightly slanted rim, resting on a raised foot, the well decorated with a garden scene with three figures, mostly in blue and green enamels in a barbed roundel, the cavetto of underglazed powder-blue decorated with gilt floral designs, the powder-blue rim with flower-and-bee designs in polychrome enamel alternating with ones in gold, all painted in sixteen lobed lozenge-shape cartouches, the exterior with three floral sprays in enamels, the painting symbol of the "Eight Treasures" in a double ring in underglaze blue on base, ht. 2 1/2, dia. 16 in.  minor loss of gilt and enamel, surface scratches, stains particularly to underside.

Provenance: The descendants of Dudley L. Pickman (1779-1846), and Charles G. Loring (1828-1902) of Massachusetts



Lot 216, Peachbloom Water Pot, China, 18th/19th century. Estimate $1,800-2,000. Photo Skinner

beehive form, decorated with three archaic stylized dragon roundels in underglaze, overall reddish gray glaze thinning at the neck and pooling at the base rim, white-glazed interior and base, six-character Kangxi mark on base, ht. 3 1/2 in. small round kintsugi repair to the body. 

Provenance: The descendants of Dudley L. Pickman (1779-1846), and Charles G. Loring (1828-1902) of Massachusetts. 

Persian Ceramics 
Also on offer are Persian ceramics from the collection of Marion E. James (1918-2015), professor emerita of the University of New Hampshire, who traveled extensively in the Middle East in the mid-20th century. The majority of the ceramics date from the 10th to the 14th century; of particular note are Lot 9b, a 12th/13th century Polychrome Pottery Garrus Bowl with Figural Decorations ($3,000-$5,000) and a Turquoise and Black Kashan Plate dating from the 13th/14th century (Lot 9d, $2,000-$2,500).



Lot 9b, Polychrome Pottery Garrus Bowl with Figural Decorations, Persia, 12th or 13th century. Estimate $3,000-5,000. Photo Skinner

conical with a slightly flared short foot, the interior decorated with a princely figure seated with his heels together, with his hands reaching out to a simurgh on one side and an attendant on the other, the red earthenware decorated with brown, light brown and green glazes, ht. 2 5/8, dia. 6 1/2 in.; one side of bowl filled in and restored.

Provenance: The estate of Marion E. James


Lot 9d, Turquoise and Black Kashan Plate, Persia, 13th-14th century. Estimate $2,000-2,500. Photo Skinner

shallow rounded dish on a straight tall foot, the interior decorated with a pair of lovers holding apples, all surrounded by scrolling florals and a border of Nastaliq calligraphy, with a border of onagers, dia. 10 3/4 in.; one area at rim cracked and repaired, four other cracks extending from rim, small area of residue/discoloration.

Provenance: The estate of Marion E. James

Other Collections and Highlights 
Other important ceramics include Lot 313 ($8,000-$10,000), a Pair of Blue and Green Covered Dragon Jars, possibly Daoguang period; this lot and several others in the sale descended through the family of Ames Nowell of Massachusetts. Among lots from the collection of André Carlhian (1883-1968), and descended in his family, are an important Ming dynasty (1368-1644) Polychrome and Gilt Stucco Head of Guanyin (Lot 428, $10,000-$12,000), and a Double-sided Twelve-panel Coromandel Screen dating to the Kang'xi period (1662-1722) and depicting the tale of the Peach festival (Lot 523, $20,000-$30,000); this exceptional screen was purchased by Mr. Carlhian from C. T. Loo on the opening day of a 1931 New York City exhibition in which it was included. 




Lot 313, Pair of Blue and Green Dragon Jars, China, 19th centuryEstimate $8,000-10,000. Photo Skinner

ovoid, the sides decorated with two dragons and pearls amidst clouds, a band of the "Eight Buddhist Emblems" at the shoulders and a lappet border at the foot rim, six-character Daoguang mark on base, with carved openwork wood stands, ht. 7 3/4 in. 

Provenance: Descended through the family of Ames Nowell of Massachusetts. 

Note: Similar pair sold at Christie's London, July 15, 2005, Lot 28.


Lot 428, Polychrome and Gilt Stucco Head of Guanyin, China, Ming dynasty (1368-1644) or earlier. Estimate $10,000-12,000 Photo Skinner

the polychrome, gilt stucco head of fine proportion with small pursed lips painted red, straight nose and elegantly-shaped inlaid glass eyes holds a triple-gilt phoenix crown resting on finely modeled hair knot and curls that circle long pendulous earlobes, (the urna missing), with stand, head ht. 19, stand ht. 9 in.; polychrome loss age wear to gilt, surface crackle to face and phoenixes

Provenance: The collection of Andre Carlhian (1883-1968). 






Lot 523, Double-sided Twelve-panel Coromandel Screen, China, Kangxi period (1662-1722)Estimate $20,000-30,000 Photo Skinner

both sides carved, colored, and lacquered in kuancaitechnique, one side illustrating the Peach Festival, a legendary banquet with Xi Wangmu in the upper center, the Jade Emperor in the upper right, along with various legendary figures and immortals including Shoulao sitting in the center, the other side depicting a myriad of birds and flowers in a continuous scene, both scenes surrounded with a broad band of the "Hundred Antiques," floral sprays and arrangements, and mythical animals, a C.T. Loo sticker on the leftmost panel of the bird-and-flower side, each panel ht. 101 1/2, wd. 21 1/4 in.; numerous cracks, detached details, breakages to lacquered layers, some panels detached from the others. 

Provenance: The collection of Andre Carlhian (1883-1968), purchased at C.T. Loo, New York, with receipt dated, November the 9th, 1931. 

LiteratureExhibition of Chinese-Indian and Cambodian Art, formed by C.T. Loo, Wildenstein Gallery, 647 Fifth Avenue, New York, November 9 to the 21st, 1931, p. 29. 

Another exceptional highlight from the sale is a rare and excellent example of a Qianlong period Cloisonné Ice Chest (Lot 69, $40,000-$60,000) whose polychrome decoration of fruits, insects and flowers is a feast for the eyes.   



Lot 69, Cloisonné Ice Chest, China, possibly Qianlong period. Estimate $40,000-60,000 Photo Skinner

square with tapering sides, decorated all over with a variety of auspicious flora and fauna against a sky blue ground in three sections divided by two metal bands of engraved lotus scrolls, the banded metal rims of both cover and chest decorated with trellis designs, a pair of upturned ruyi-head handles on each of the midsections of two sides, the two-part hinged cover with two openwork coin designs to one side designed to release cool air, the pewter-lined interior with a two-part hinged cover and a wooden insert on the bottom, ht. 19 3/4, wd. and dp. 28 1/2 in.; the cover distorted in overall shape (not completely closing the chest), multiple dents, cracked enamels, and holes, the chest with two slashing breakages to two sides, traces of repairs along the broken lines, normal wear and tear with surface scratches, rusting, and surface dirt, loss of enameled details to some area. 

Provenance: A private Palm Beach, Florida, estate. 

Note: For a similar example see Christie's New York, Sale 1459, The Ruxton and Audrey B. Love Collection, Lot 601, October 20, 2004.  

Fine jade also is well represented in the sale. Highlights from the many lots on offer include a diminutive Jade Carving of a Reclining Ibex, (Lot 122, $9,000-$12,000); a fine, translucent Jadeite Covered Censer, (Lot 125, $10,000-$12,000); and a Song/Ming dynasty Jade Carving of a Female Bear (Lot 144, $1,500-$1,800). 



Lot 122, Jade Carving of an Ibex, China, Tang dynasty or laterEstimate $9,000-12,000. Photo Skinner

reclining with its thin long legs and full bushy tail tucked beneath its rounded, oval-shaped body, well polished, the translucent gray green stone with russet markings and white inclusions, ht. 1 1/4, lg. 3 in.; in excellent condition. 

Provenance: Purchased at Ashkenazie & Co., August 28, 1991. 




Lot 125, Jadeite Covered Censer, China, possibly Qianlong periodEstimate $10,000-12,000. Photo Skinner

rectangular with slanted sides, resting on four bracket feet, probably modeled after a bronze prototype, plain body, each of the two narrower sides with a shelf-like flange with a qilin seated on top and a loose ring below, the angular cover decorated with openwork floral scrolls on four sides and a qilin seated on the flat top, a mark reading "Yugong" on base, pale translucent green stone with russet and apple green streaks, with an openwork wood stand, ht. 4 3/4, wd. 4 7/8 in.; in excellent condition

Provenance: Purchased at Ashkenazie & Co., receipt dated October 15, 1986. 


Lot 144, Jade Carving of a Female Bear, China, possibly Song-Ming dynastyEstimate $1,500-1,800. Photo Skinner

seated on her hind legs with her right arm raised as if scratching her ears, the mouth slightly open showing her teeth, incised archaic scrolls as her hair, the stone of olive green with russet and darker green matrix, highly polished, with a lockable wood case with glass top, ht. 3 in.; in excellent condition

Representative of several early dragon robes and other fine textiles in the sale is Lot 407, a Blue Silk Formal Embroidered Dragon Robe purchased in China in the early 1900's ($3,000-$5,000).

Blue Silk Formal Embroidered Dragon Robe, China, 19th-20th century

Lot 407, Blue Silk Formal Embroidered Dragon Robe, China, 19th-20th century. Estimate $3,000-5,000. Photo Skinner

embroidered with nine dragons chasing flaming pearls on the front and back, sleeves and on the underflap, all amidst stylized clouds interspersed with shou symbols and the "Eight Buddhist Treasures", above cresting waves, clouds and a lishui border, trimmed with smaller dragons chasing pearls at the neck and sides, all couched in gold, silver, and copper thread, the straight sleeves with dragons, phoenixes, and shou characters, lg. 44 1/2 in.; Very minor loose threads, wear to attachments. 

Provenance: Purchased in China in the 1910s.