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Chinese Huanghuali Cosmetic Chest, ca. 1700. Height: 15 inches, width: 13 3/4 inches, depth: 10 1/4 inches. Estimate $40 000-60 000.

NEW BRAUNFELS, TX.- Lark Mason, founder and president of Lark Mason Associates, has announced that more than 400 lots of important Asian art will be up for bidding on igavelauctions.com in an online sale that goes live on March 29 and closes on April 19th. The outstanding works of art represent a wide swathe of Asian periods and disciplines, from the Sui dynasty through the 20th century. 

Among the star lots in this sale is a pair of Japanese Komai vases that are both unusually fine and exceptionally large, as well as a selection of paintings by Qi Baishi and Li Keran, two of the most important modern master Chinese painters. The Qi Baishi paintings were purchased by the owner’s family in the 1940s and are accompanied by letters from the artist. . Says Lark Mason, “It is a pleasure to offer these and other lots that are both historically significant and artistically important.” 

In addition to the Japanese Komai Vases from the Meiji Period (Estimate: $150,000-250,000), other sale highlights include:  

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Chinese Huanghuali Cosmetic Chest, ca. 1700. Height: 15 inches, width: 13 3/4 inches, depth: 10 1/4 inches. Estimate $40 000-60 000

broken in various places; including a break to the side edge of the cover approx. 7 3/8 inches by 1/4 inch, the break with glued repair, with a horizontal split in the front side edge of the cover approx. 1 1/2 inches long, the cover with glued repairs to the join, one hinge repaired, and the hardware at the front center broken; the box with a horizontal split in the wood on the two sides and back, the split runs just above the bottom hinges approx. 3 inches from the base, with wood splitering off along the split; the left side with an old repair re-broken to the lower hardware

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 Li Keran (CHINESE, 1907-1989), Ink on Paper, Boy Riding a Water Buffalo, 29 inches by 13 inches. Estimate $40 000-60 000

with various creases and folds; the edges stained and tattered with various repaired holes or tears; with a 3/4 inch curved tear through the seal on the lower right corner, this seal smudged, with a 3/4 inch long horizontal tear just above the seal, approx. 3/4 inch long; two repaired holes to the bottom left corner 1/2 inch long by 3/4 inch wide, and another repaired hole just above 3/4 inch long by 1/2 inch wide; the upper right corner with a 2 inch long horizontal tear running just above the tree; with a repaired 3 inch long tear running from the center right margin through the tree branches, approx. 3 inches long; unmounted with adhesive remnants along the edges.

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Qi Baishi (CHINESE, 1864-1957), Ink on Paper, Peonies and Grasshopper, 26 1/4 inches by 13 1/4 inches; 31 inches by 17 3/4 inches. Estimate $30 000-50 000.

laid on board, with some of the mounting cut off; some soiling and light staining; the top edge with two vertical creases in the paper, one 1 1/2 inches long, the other 1 inch long; and with a small hole in the lower right corner, probably from a thumb tack.

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Qi Baishi (CHINESE, 1864-1957), Ink on Paper, Dragonfly and Flower, 26 1/2 inches by 13 1/4 inches; overall 32 1/4 inches by 17 inches. Estimate $30 000-50 000.

with some foxing; with a horizontal tear approx. 1/2 inch long to the upper right corner, the tear approx. 1/8 inch from the top; the upper left corner with a water stain 3/4 inch long by 1/4 inch wide; with some scattered soiling and staining; with a small crease or tear to the bottom center margin; overall laid on cardboard; the mount trimme.

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Chinese Carved Hardwood Throne, 19th-20th Century. Height: 42 inches, the seat width: 43 inches, depth: 27 inches. Estimate: $25,000-40,000

the seat surface with filled mortises, the three part back and sides with altered tenons from a conversion of these to make a headboard for a bed; minor losses, scratches and damage.

Provenance: By descent of the family of the former director of the Peking Union Medical College in Beijing, where this was purchased around 1918

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18th century Chinese Celadon Jade Lobed Dragon Brushwasher, 5 inches at the widest point; Height: 1 7/8 inches. Estimate: $15,000-25,000.

the stand wood with silver wire inlay.

the jade of a pale to medium celadon color; the stone with a fissure running horizontally approx. 5 inches, with a few other small scattered fissures; the stand with some scuffs, the top reglued, some of the inlay lifting or loose.

Egyptian Andesite Porphyry Jar, Early Dynastic Period. Estimate: $15,000-25,000.

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Qi Baishi (CHINESE, 1864-1957), Lotus Flower, 16 1/2 inches by 11 1/2 inches. Estimate: $10,000-20,000.

unmounted, held on the board with tape; with remnants of tape along the front and back edges; some soiling and staining; with creasing due to being folded; with other scattered creases or folds; with a tear approx. 1/2 inch long to the top right corner, and other small tears along the margins; with a strip along the right margin and top margin that is darker than the other margins and the central image, approx. 1/2 inch wide on the right and 1/4 inch wide on the left.

Wucai Dragon and Phoenix Dish, Kangxi Mark and Period

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Chinese Porcelain Wucai Dragon and Phoenix Dish, Kangxi Mark and Period. Diameter: 12 3/4 inches. Estimate: $10,000-15,000

with some fritting or small nicks to the rim; with the glaze mat along the outer rim, with some wear to the enamel, as expected.