With its exquisitely rendered lotus flower and foliage motifs and incised Qianlong reign mark, Lot 2, a Very Fine Chinese Cloisonné and Gilt Vase captured the top lot of the June Specialty Auction, realizing a total of $98,400. A highlight in a remarkable and historic collection of Asian art, the vase delighted bidders across the globe and drove bidding to impressive heights. “That is the way you want to start an auction,” commented President Andrew Brunk.
The 196-lot specialty auction showcased a selection of thoughtfully collected Asian Art, Jewelry, and Silver. With a 96% sell through rate, the sale surpassed its presale estimate and posted a final sale total of $390,113. While buyers from the U.S. largely drove the bidding for the June sale, collectors registered bids from across the globe, representing nine countries on four continents.
Lot 123, Katsushika Hokusai’s woodblock, Cushion-pine at Aoyama, secured the second highest price of the sale, finishing at a final total of $20,910. Other highlights included Lot 51, Two Chinese Yixing Tea Pots, which achieved $11,520; Lot 10, a Chinese Famille Verte and Two Wine Cups, which sold for $9,600; and Lot 8, a Fine Pair of Chinese Silk and Hardwood Table Screens, which quadrupled its presale estimate, realizing a final total of $8,610. Lot 57, Nguyen Tri Minh’s oil on Masonite, Lotus Rose, nearly quadrupled its presale estimate and achieved a final total of $8,960.
With 100% sell through rates, the offerings from the Jewelry and Silver departments again delivered excellent results. Lot 159, a pair of Platinum, Gold and Diamond Earclips, claimed the top lot of the Jewelry category, tripling its presale estimate and realizing a final total of $9,600. Lot 157, a pair of Platinum, 18kt. and Diamond Earclips by David Webb, well exceeded its presale estimate, achieving a final total of $8,610. Highlights from the Silver category included Lot 40, a selection of late 19th century Asian Silver Salts and Miniature Figures, which tripled its presale estimate, selling for a final total of $832; and Lot 27, an Asian Openwork Silver Bowl with Glass Liner, which surpassed its estimate and realized a final total of $738.
Andrew Brunk, President of Brunk Auctions, remarked that “we’ve shown that the specialty auction is a great way to bring consignors and collectors together, targeting their interests and setting up clear and favorable outcomes for them both. We are looking forward to offering more of these tailored solutions in the future.”
Brunk Auctions looks forward to building on its success this year for both collectors and consignors and welcomes potential consignments for Premier and Emporium auctions at its locations in Asheville and Richmond. Visit us online at https://www.brunkauctions.com.