A fine selection of distinctive Chinese antiques will be under the limelight in a series of online Asian art sales to be held from Sept. 5 to Nov. 5, including ancient furniture, paintings and bronzes, the event's organizer Lark Mason Associates has said.
The New York City-based auction house will start the bidding on its online platform iGavelAuctions.com, with the opening sale highlighting a pair of exceedingly rare Chinese continuous horseshoe back armchairs made of Huanghuali, a valuable wood in China.
Dating from the early Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), this version of horseshoe back armchair features a crest tail that terminates into the chair seat frame and its design was influenced by similar armchairs during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the auction house said in a statement.
The sale also includes a batch of decorative works of art and paintings, including jade and other hard stone carvings such as a striking Chinese celadon jade tripod censer with buddhistic lion form feet.
In addition, a collection of Dong Son bronzes will be offered from Sept. 5 to 26, which were purchased in Hong Kong and other locations. One showstopper of the collection is a rare, large and early Dong Son bronze drum, which dates back to circa 500 BC.
Dong Son bronze drums were produced in the Dong Son culture in Vietnam's Red River Delta from about 600 BC or earlier until the third century AD. They are one of the culture's finest examples of metalworking.
Meanwhile, the auction will present a collection of Chinese paintings with over 150 lots of works by various artists of the late Qing Dynasty and other periods. These lots will be offered throughout September and October.