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Lot 78336. A Rare and Important Tibetan Thangka Depicting Two Sakya Lineage Holders, Central Tibet, 13th-14th century. Distemper/mineral pigment on cloth. Framed dimensions 42 x 35-3/4 inches. Estimate: $200,000 - $250,000. Unsold.

NEW YORK, NY.- A Rare and Important Tibetan Thangka Depicting Two Sakya Lineage Holders, Central Tibet, 13th-14th century is expected to claim top-lot honors in Heritage Auctions’ Fine & Decorative Asian Art Auction Sept. 11 in New York. 

The projected top lot is one of 24 thangka in the auction. The Sino-Tibetan thangkas in this sale includes thangkas of deity, mandala and Buddhist masters and the age of the thangkas ranges from 18/19th century to 13/14th century. 

Heritage Auction’s Sept. 11, 2018 Fine Asian Arts Auction marks our return to New York to sell during ‘Asia Week.’” Heritage Auctions Asian Art Director Richard Cervantes said. “This sale features fine and rare Tibetan thangkas from private American collections. It is our expectation that interest in early Himalayan Buddhist art will remain high this season and that buyers will be pleased to see such a fine variety of devotional paintings.” 

The thangka projected to lead the auction carries a pre-auction estimate of $200,000-250,000 and comes from a private collection in New York. Measuring 42 by 35-3/4 inches and done in distemper and mineral pigment, this foamcore-backed thangka shows two figures from Sakya, in the Ponpori Hills in southern Tibet. 

An Exceptional Pair of Chinese Carved Cinnabar Lacquer Court Chairs with Peony and Landscape Motifs, Qing Dynasty, Jiaqing-Daoguang Period (estimate: $80,000-120,000) offers significant appeal through the ornate engraving and through the rich red hues derived from cinnabar, the bright scarlet form of mercury sulfide that is the most common source for refining elemental mercury. The Jiaqing emperor was not as serious a patron of the arts as his father, but imperial production continued at a relatively high level. Engraving was a popular and important way of decorating furniture, often depicting character patterns to geometric patterns to scenes in nature.  

A Large Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Dish, Ming Dynasty, Yongle Period, circa 1403-1424 (estimate: $80,000-120,000) reflects the extraordinary innovation of ceramics during the period, as kilns allowed new techniques in design and shape, and an expansion in the uses of color. The Yongle Emperor (1402-24) was particularly intrigued by other countries and enjoyed unusual shapes, many of which resulted from Islamic inspiration. The often-brilliant cobalt blue had a tendency to bleed in some previous pieces, but the addition of manganese dulled the color but made the lines more crisp, as is the case on this dish, which is two inches deep and has a diameter of 15 inches.  

A Large Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Dish, Ming Dynasty, Yongle Period, circa 1403-1424

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Lot 78141A Large Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Dish, Ming Dynasty, Yongle Period, circa 1403-1424; 2 inches high x 15 inches diameter (5.1 x 38.1 cm). Estimate: $80,000 - $120,000Sold for $62,500.

Provenance: Christie's New York, Sale 9734: Fine Chinese Furniture, Ceramics and Works of Art, October 16, 2001, lot 373.

Literature: Little, Stephen. The Herzman Collection. Stanley Herzman et al., Hong Kong, 2000.

A Silver-Inlaid Bronze Figure of a Seated Shakyamuni Buddha on Throne (estimate: $80,000-100,000) was created in the 18th century or earlier, executed in the Swat Valley style in western Tibet. This figure, which stands 8-3/4 inches tall, depicts Shakyamuni Buddha, also known as Gautama Buddha or Siddhartha Gautama, who was born about 2,500 years ago in what is now Nepal. Its gilt face is inset with silver eyes and urna, the dot placed on the forehead of Buddhist images, with Sanskrit inscription on the apron below the cross-legged figure.  

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Lot 78358. A Silver-Inlaid Bronze Figure of a Seated Shakyamuni Buddha on Throne, 18th century or earlier, executed in the Swat Valley style, Western Tibet. Inscribed: Zang Bza; 8-3/4 h x 4-7/8 w x 3-1/2 d inches (22.2 x 12.4 x 8.9 cm). Estimate: $80,000 - $100,000. Unsold.

Gilt face inset with silver eyes and urna, Sanskrit inscription to apron below figure. 

A Chinese Carved Zitan, Lapis Lazuli and Jade Table Screen with Imperial Inscription, Qing Dynasty (estimate: $40,000-60,000) is a stunning piece fashioned from the wood that is so dense it sinks in water. The dark, rich color of the wood is offset perfectly by the deep blue of the lapis lazuli and the white and green jade. Standing 8 inches high, it features a Qianlong mark, indicating it might be from the period. The Qianlong Emperor was the sixth of the Qing Dynasty, reigning from 1735-96.  

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Lot 78223. A Chinese Carved Zitan, Lapis Lazuli, and Jade Table Screen with Imperial Inscription, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong mark and possibly of the period;8 h x 5-3/8 w x 4-1/2 d inches (20.3 x 13.7 x 11.4 cm). Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000Unsold.

Other top lots include, but are not limited to:  

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Lot 78186. A Chinese Bronze Ritual Yu Food Vessel, Late Shang-Western Zhou Dynasty, circa 12th-11th Century BC; 6-1/4 inches high x 9-5/8 inches diameter (15.9 x 24.4 cm). Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000Unsold.

ProvenanceAriadne Galleries, New York City, 2004;
Acquired from the above. 

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Lot: 78280. Chen Wen Hsi (Singaporean, 1906-1991), Folio Album, (eight works). Ink and color on paper, 26 inches high x 19-1/2 inches wide (66.0 x 49.5 cm) (overall). Signed with red artist's seals. Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000Sold for $45,000.

Works depicting various subject matter including geese, monkeys, fish, etc. and one abstract work, all bound in silk hardback folio cover.

Property formely in the Collection of Dominic Man-Kit Lam.

Renowned ophthalmologist and biotechnology pioneer Dominic Man-Kit Lam emigrated to Hong Kong at the age of four months. As a young man, his education abroad started early. At 22, Lam had earned his doctorate degree and by 24 he had joined the faculty at Harvard. Following charitable missions back to China with Project Orbis, a mobile ophthalmic clinic providing eye care in underserved areas, Lam became Director of the first biotechnology firm in Texas, located in Houston. As the "Father of Texas Biotechnology", Lam received the U.S. High Tech Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the U.S. Presidential Medal of Merit in 1989. Dr. Lam was Director of the Hong Kong Institute of Biotechnology and went on to found the World Eye Organization (WEO) in an effort to eradicate blindness among the world's poor. 

Lam was an artist since childhood, having studied classical Chinese painting and calligraphy. It was a passion and talent that never left him throughout his dynamic biomedical career. As a collector, patron and skilled artist, Lam came to know and collaborate with important Chinese artists such as Zhao Shao'ang, Zhang Daqian and Guan Shanyue. In the United States, Lam was named a member of the U.S. Presidential Arts and Humanities Committee. Apart from his traditional ink paintings, Lam is acclaimed for the Chromoskedasic Process, also called NanoArt, that he invented. It is a unique form of photographic painting in which color images are produced on black and white photo paper. Lam resides in Hong Kong and continues to exhibit his art worldwide.

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Lot: 78283. Attributed to Xu Beihong (Chinese, 1895-1953), Animal Folio Album (twelve works). Ink and color on paper,11-1/8 inches high x 12-5/8 inches wide (28.3 x 32.1 cm) (each). Signed with red artist's seals. Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000Sold for $18,750.

Depicting various animals including horses, magpie, hawk, rooster, cat, and water buffalo, each mounted to silk-lined mat measuring 13 x 15-1/8 in. overall, bound in hardcover album. Housed in original paper box.

Property formely in the Collection of Dominic Man-Kit Lam.

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 Lot: 78185. A Chinese Bronze Ritual Hu Wine Vessel with Cover and Chained Handle, Eastern Zhou Dynasty, late 6th century BC; 15-1/2 inches high (39.4 cm) (overall, handle extended). Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000. Unsold.

Provenance: Ariadne Galleries, New York City, 2004;
Acquired from the above. 

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Lot: 78202. A Fine and Large Chinese Gilt Bronze Double Gourd Covered Vase with Dragon and Cloud Motif, Qing Dynasty, 18th-19th century; 24 inches high (61.0 cm). Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000. Unsold.