Charles Mason Blackmon was a collector of Asian art and objects. Born in Darlington, South Carolina at the beginning of the 20th century, he collected both at home and in his travels abroad. Throughout his many years of collecting, Charles curated a personal collection of fine jade, porcelains, bronzes, and other objects. Brunk Auctions is pleased to bring a selection of this collection to market in our Asian Art Auction this April 28th, 2022.
Charles began his collecting journey while in his sophomore year of college with the purchase of a cloisonne vase. He first kindled his appreciation for art during his time as a student at the College of Charleston. Following his graduation from Harvard in 1934, Charles’ interest in Asian art and cultures grew when he was stationed in Southern China and Myanmar (Burma) during World War II. His approach to collecting was thorough, as he believed that “determination in finding various objects and a knowledge of them” were important to building a well-rounded collection. He held a special interest in jade, and was known to carry jade objects he purchased in his pockets day to day, so as to familiarize himself with their quality and always have a reference with which to compare other specimens.
In 1961, Charles became involved with several Southern institutions, and over the years loaned pieces from his personal collection to museum collections. The objects in his collection represent a wide range of historical periods and various aspects of life, including personal, everyday objects to those with religious significance – fine jade belt hooks, pendants, and snuff bottles, porcelain covered jars, bronze censers, and more.
The first grouping of the collection of Charles Blackmon comes to auction this April 28th, 2022 at 9:00 AM EST. Another selection of items from the collection will be offered in a later sale this calendar year.