Rare Japanese Six Panel Screen & Koto Instrument Featured Among Over Eighty Lots of Asian Decorative Arts at Schwenke Auctioneers April 11th Fine Estates Auction

An early Meiji period Japanese Koto musical instrument with intricate inlays, silver and gilt lacquer and applied metal decoration, measuring 11" wide, 75 1/2" long
An early Meiji period Japanese Koto musical instrument with intricate inlays, silver and gilt lacquer and applied metal decoration, measuring 11" wide, 75 1/2" long
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  • One of two Chinese carved tusks of ladies amid peonies, each measuring over 13” high.

    One of two Chinese carved tusks of ladies amid peonies, each measuring over 13” high.

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  • A pair of Japanese blue and white baluster vases with applied cicada decoration.

    A pair of Japanese blue and white baluster vases with applied cicada decoration.

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On Wednesday, April 11th Schwenke Auctioneers will hold its April Fine Estates Auction with an offering of over 440 lots of freshly consigned estate property. The auction features items from estates in Fairfield County, Connecticut; New York City and Buffalo, New York; Morristown, New Jersey; and property from the collection of a Westchester County, New York lady. Property being offered includes a broad selection of Asian decorative arts, American, English and Continental decorative arts, folk art and American country furniture, early English & other sterling silver, jewelry, fine art, miscellaneous decorative arts, and estate oriental rugs.

Asian lots being sold include an early Kano school Japanese six panel screen, framed, rendered in ink and colored ink on paper, depicting a landscape scene with temple of Ichiyam-dera near Kyoto, possibly late Momoyama or Early Tokugawa Period (16-17th century); an early Meiji period Japanese Koto musical instrument with intricate inlays, silver and gilt lacquer and applied metal decoration, measuring 11" wide, 75 1/2" long; two Chinese carved tusks of ladies amid peonies, each measuring over 13” high; a pair of Japanese blue and white baluster vases with applied cicada decoration; a rare Japanese “step” tansu; another tall Japanese tansu; a pair of mid-century Japanese brass openwork pierced hanging lanterns; a near pair of Chinese wucai sleeve vases, one with figural decoration and one with bird and flower decoration, each 9 5/8" high, 6 1/2" diameter.

Other Chinese lots of interest are a group of Chinese blue and white porcelain wares in the Fitzhugh pattern; several groups of Chinese canton blue and white wares; a group of four Chinese framed porcelain plaques, 21 1/4" high, 18 1/2" wide; and a Chinese export armorial plate with unidentified family coat of arms, from the estate of Ursule and Charles Cahn.

Rare early Persian ceramics and pottery are being offered, including a Persian/Iranian pottery Rhyton cup, of gazelle form, with raised eyes, stylized horns and front legs, body extending into a conical shaped vessel, 9 1/4" high, 9" deep, and several other Persian pottery dishes and bowls, also from the estate of Ursule and Charles Cahn.

The catalog for the sale is viewable at www.woodburyauction.com. This auction is a live online sale with absentee and phone bidding available by registering directly with Schwenke Auctioneers. The sale will be broadcast for live real-time internet bidding through Live Auctioneers, Invaluable and Hibid.

The auction begins at 5:00 pm on April 11th. Preview times are Sunday, April 8th from noon to 6:00pm; Monday, April 9th and Tuesday, April 10th from 10:00am to 5:00pm, and Wednesday, April 11th from 10:00 am to 4:00pm. Preview is also available at other times by appointment. The gallery is closed from 4:00pm on auction day. For additional information please call the auction hall office at 203-266-0323.