On September 11 and 13, Bonhams New York will offer three auctions of The Dr. Sylvan and Faith Golder Collection of Fine Chinese Snuff Bottles, Twentieth Century Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, and Japanese Works of Art. The sales present an array of rare and exquisite ceramics, jades, metalwork, prints, and paintings, many offered from important private collections including property from the Ackerman collection, the collection of Judi Blum and the collection of Dr. Sylvan and Faith Golder.
The sale consists of 126 bottles made of coral, glass, jade, as well as nephrite with estimates ranging from $1,000-18,000. Among the highlights are a coral 'kuilong' snuff bottle, beautifully carved example from the 18th century (estimate: $18,000-25,000); an enameled glass "lotus" snuff bottle, also dating from the 18th century a product of the imperial glass workshops, (estimate: $15,000-25,000); and a white jade 'bronze ritual vessels' snuff bottle, 1750-1800, probably Imperial, attributed to the Palace Workshops (estimate: $15,000 - 25,000).
Bonhams sale of Twentieth Century Chinese Painting and Calligraphy will present 48 works from a century of tumultuous change from artists who were profoundly affected by the social upheavals and political shifts in their country. Highlights include Wu Guanzhong (1919-2010) depiction of the island of Gulangyu fusing elements of Cubism and traditional Chinese art (estimate: $80,000-100,000); Pan Tianshou (1897-1971) whose portrait of a Vulture (estimate: $80,000-100,000) recalls the styles of several early Qing dynasty (1644-1911) painters; Taiwanese-based Liu Guosong (born 1932) whose dramatic cosmic view "Which is Earth? D" (estimate: $100,000-150,000) was inspired by space exploration; and Jia Youfu's (born 1942) strikingly modern composition "Sunshine After the Rain" (estimate: $120,000-180,000), not only borrows from aesthetic principles of the Northern Song dynasty's (960-1126) monumental landscape tradition, but in fact depicts that very same mountain range that were painted a thousand years before.
The sale of Japanese Works of Art will be held on September 13 and features 372 lots, representing works from a variety of collecting categories including Meiji era works of art, screens, paintings, and prints. Highlights include Meiji era (1868-1912) works of art from the Ackerman collection featuring renowned Japanese artists like Ando Jubei, Hattori Tadasaburo (estimate: $50,000-70,000), and Yabu Meizan, (illustrated left, estimate: $80,000-120,000). In the print collection, Judi Blum, a longtime member of the Ukiyo-e Society (now the Japanese Art Society of America) brings her collection to sale with a balanced selection of works by Kuniyoshi and his followers, as well as some dynamic works by earlier masters such as Keisai Eisen.