Lot 186. Pair of Iron-Red Painted 'Dragon' Bowls, Kangxi Marks and Period (1662-1722). Diameter: 5 1/2 inches. Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000© 2020 2008 - 2020 Finesf.Com

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- A rare pair of iron-red painted “Dragon Bowls” from the Kangxi Period are expected to take top lot honors in Fine Estates, Inc., auction on Saturday, Feb. 29 held live on LiveAuctioneers. The 5-1/2 bowls are directly from the estate of James Nassikas, the entrepreneur credited with building of one of San Francisco's best known hotels, The Stanford Court. The pair carries an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.

These rare bowls are only one highlight in an auction featuring many fine Asian antiques and fine jewelry,” said Martin Codina, owner of Fine Estate, Inc., of San Rafael, California. “We were shocked to find a stellar R. J. Horner cabinet in a mobile home in the San Francisco Bay area. You never know where the treasures are hiding.”






Lot 186. Pair of Iron-Red Painted 'Dragon' Bowls, Kangxi Marks and Period (1662-1722). Diameter: 5 1/2 inches. Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000© 2020 2008 - 2020 Finesf.Com

The exterior painted with four five-clawed dragons in iron-red enamel striding through clouds atop a ground of finely incised waves rising from the base, the interior featuring the same motif as a medallion on the interior, all within underglaze blue line borders, the recessed base displaying the mark in underglaze blue in regular script.

Provenance: From the Collection of James A. Nassikas, Mill Valley California.

In addition to the Dragon Bowls, top highlights in the sale include fine jewelry such as a Diamond, Sapphire, Platinum bracelet, (est. $7,000-$9,000); a Diamond, 18 karat Gold Ring (est. $5,000-$7,000), a stunning Diamond, 14 karat White Gold Wedding Set (est. $5,000-$7,000) and a set of Wallace Grand Baroque Sterling Flatware (est. $3,500-$4,000).


Lot 31. Diamond, Sapphire, Platinum BraceletEstimate: $7,000 - $9,000. © 2020 2008 - 2020 Finesf.Com

Featuring fifteen round-cut sapphires weighing a total of approximately 7.00 cttw., highlighted by forty round brilliant-cut diamonds weighing approximately 1.40 cttw., linked by fifty baguette-cut diamonds weighing a total of approximately 4.60 cttw., set in an articulated platinum mounting completed by a tongue-and-groove box clasp with safety arm, forming a 7 inch bracelet. Gross weight: 23.5 grams. Accompanied by red leather box stating: "By Appointment, Antique Dealers, S.J. Phillips Ltd., 139 New Bond St., London, W.1."



Lot 50. Diamond, Sapphire, Platinum BraceletEstimate: $5,000 - $7,000. © 2020 2008 - 2020 Finesf.Com

Centering one oval brilliant-cut diamond weighing exactly 1.57 ct. accented by six marquise-cut diamonds weighing a total of approximately 1.08 cttw., set in an 18k yellow gold ring mounting measuring approximately 7.6 mm in width, size 5 1/2. Engraved to the interior: "With Love Larry, July 14, 1990." Gross weight: 9.3 grams. Accompanied by GIA Gem Trade Laboratory Report #5255007 dated 7/28/89 stating, "Oval Brilliant, 1.57 ct, Color E, Clarity SI1."



Lot 54. Diamond, 14k White Gold Wedding Set. Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000. © 2020 2008 - 2020 Finesf.Com

Centering one round brilliant-cut diamond weighing approximately 2.05 ct. flanked by four round brilliant-cut diamonds weighing a total of approximately 1.00 cttw. set in a 14k white gold ring mounting; together with a band featuring five round brilliant-cut diamonds weighing a total of approximately 1.25 cttw., set in a 14k white gold mounting, size 8 1/2. Gross weight: 11.1 grams.





Lot 128. Wallace Grand Baroque Sterling FlatwareEstimate: $3,500 - $4,000. © 2020 2008 - 2020 Finesf.Com

Comprising; Twelve Dinner knives, twelve Dinner forks, twelve Salad forks, twelve Cocktail forks, sixteen Tea spoons, twelve Cream soup spoons, thirteen Butter spreaders, five Serving pieces. 94 pieces. Monogrammed. 3327 grams. 1069 Troy ounces.

The auction’s most unusual discoveries is an R. J. Horner cabinet, circa 1880, which was found in a modest mobile home park. The cabinet The cabinet’s cornice carved with a central shield supported by dragons above a frieze carved with scrolling foliate vines flanked by masks of Grotesques above a pair of glazed doors flanked by magnificently carved Tritons with scaled bifurcated tails opening to a shelved interior (est. $3,000-$5,000).





Lot 108. R. J. Horner Cabinet New York, Circa 1880; 105in. (264cm) h; 20in (51cm) w; 68in. (172cm)Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000. © 2020 2008 - 2020 Finesf.Com

The Cornice carved with a central shield supported by dragons  above a frieze carved with scrolling foliate vines flanked by masks of Grotesques above a pair of glazed doors flanked by magnificently carved Tritons with scaled bifurcated tails opening to a shelved interior.

Note: R.J. Horner had a showroom on W. 23rd. St in New York in 1886. The firm was noted for this high quality carving and the use of Tritons, Grotesques, Green Man and densely carved filigree as exhibited on the offered lot.


Found in the home of an heir to the Vanderbilt family, The Artist’s Mother by Rembrandt van Rijn (est. $3,000-$5,000) highlights a selection of fine art offerings.



Lot 108. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (Dutch, 1609-1669). The Artist's Mother in a Cloth Head-dress, Looking Down, Head Only (B., Holl. 351; New Holl. 121; H. 107). Etching. 1633. Measures 1.56 in. high x 1.5 in. wide (with frame 11.25 in. high x 9.25 in. wide). Hind's second state (of three)Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000. © 2020 2008 - 2020 Finesf.Com

NoteRembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was a 17th century Dutch painter, draftsman and printmaker, considered the greatest artist of Holland's Golden Age and one of the most revered artists of all time. Although he never traveled abroad, he was greatly influenced by Italian masters and Dutch artists who studied in Italy, the Utrecht Caravaggists and Flemish Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens. Having achieved success early in his career as a portrait painter, his later years were marked by personal tragedy and financial misfortune. He was known for depicting a wide range of subjects from portraits and self-portraits to landscapes, genre scenes, allegorical, mythical, historical and biblical themes. His portraits reveal a psychological complexity and depth rooted in keen observation, intense study of his subjects and a dedication to uncompromising realism and are considered some of his greatest creative triumphs. He is credited with transforming the process of etching from a relatively new technique to a high art form. 

Highlights of a strong selection of Asian art range from art works spanning the Tang, Song, Liao, Ming, and Quing Dynasties, as well items from 18th and 19th C. Chinese Export and Republic Period. Spring Festival, a mixed media on canvas by artist Wu Hao, is expected to spark intense bidder interest (est. $3,000-$4,000). Wu has been at the forefront of Taiwan's art scene since the 50's. In 1956, Wu was one of the founders of the Tom Fan Group, which along with the Fifth Moon Art Group, was one of the most vocal associations of young artists in the 60's. One of the most internationally recognized contemporary Taiwanese artists, Wu has participated in numerous exhibitions overseas, including the International Artists' Show in Italy, and the International Graphic Show in England.


Fine Estate, Inc.’s upcoming auction begins at 2 p.m. Eastern time, on Saturday, Feb. 29, on LiveAuctioneers.