SACRAMENTO, CALIF. — Witherell’s auction of Asian furniture from the Ming dynasty that closed on March 31 brought in $262,622 in sales.
At $75,000, a Chinese huanghuali plain design side table sold toward the top of the estimate. It was originally purchased in Hong Kong from C.L. Ma Antiques. At $57,600, a huanghuali horseshoe-back armchair with cane seat, went over estimate, as did a zitan tea stand at $39,600, both from C.L. Ma Antiques.
A Chinese hardwood cabinet sold for $25,200.
All four items went into “overtime” as bidders from Taiwan, Beijing, Honolulu, New York, Dallas, San Francisco and even Sacramento vied with each other to acquire these rarely available pieces.
“I was really pleased to see these items do so well,” said Brian Witherell, owner of Witherell’s Art and Antiques, which conducted the auction. “It was an especially exciting sale for such rare pieces.”
The now extinct huanghuali “yellow flowering pear” and the near extinct zitan belonged to an America banker who spent 30 years in Asia building his collection.
A Twentieth Century, Japanese bronze depicting a woman carrying a child sold for $4,689.
Prices reported include the buyer’s premium. For information, www.witherell’s.com or 916-446-6490.