BEACHWOOD, Ohio – On Saturday, June 25, Neue Auctions will offer the late Marvin Drucker’s collection of Asian art, including French furniture, online. The auction, which begins at 10 a.m. EST, will feature bronzes, porcelains, carved hardstones, lacquerware, cloisonné, snuffboxes, Wedgwood, Luster, Lalique glass, porcelains 18th century English and more.
Internet auctions will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Bidsquare.com.
“A lifelong love for Asian art culminated in a huge collection beautifully displayed in a luxury apartment on the East Side of Cleveland that housed the collections of Marvin and Sandy Drucker,” said Cynthia Maciejewski of Neue Auctions. . She added, “The collection is heavily populated with artistic artifacts from China and Japan. Many are affordable and will be sold in group lots.
Maciejewski said the auction items “are perfect for those looking for decorative accessories.” In-person gallery previews will take place Monday through Friday, June 20-24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open late Wednesday, June 22, until 7 p.m.). The Neue Auctions gallery is located at 23533 Mercantile Road, Suite 100, Beachwood, Ohio 44122. Beachwood is located just outside of Cleveland.
Highlighting the sale is a small late 18th century boulle marquetry secretary bookcase in excellent condition, measuring 61 inches high by 32 inches wide. The piece features a rectangular top with a pair of hinged glass doors opening to a mirrored back and a glass shelf. The interior has a fitted leather writing surface and three small drawers, above the hinged doors.
Other furnishings include a Georgian mahogany library case in three-section breakfront form, with glazed mullioned doors opening to a silk-lined interior with glass shelves, 80 inches high by 82 inches in width; and a two-part George III mahogany bookcase, 85 inches high, made circa 1800, the upper part on a pair of hinged doors, the lower part with two short drawers over two graduated long drawers.
Figurative animals, so important in Asian culture, will include a Chinese bronze tiger, 10 inches long, with decorative designs coiled across the tiger’s back that mimic archaic designs on ancient bronzes; and an antique brass Thai lion, 6 ½ inches tall, with wing-like accents on the chest and eyebrows that reinforce its mythological and decorative significance. The protective lion originated in China but is revered throughout Asia.
Guanyin, the Buddhist goddess of mercy and compassion, is popular in China and is a huge hit with collectors. The sale will feature a bronze Chinese Guanyin holding a lotus (the symbol of purity) and offering a blessing for good health, 19 inches tall; and a pair of chinese white Guanyin porcelain, 12 inches high with support, representing the two Guanyins, one standing, one seated, while dragons, protectors of Buddhism, appear under their feet.
Although the general flavor of the sale is predominantly Asian, the mix of merchandise is still quite eclectic, with wonderful items from various cultures as vast and diverse as these:
- A lot consisting of four pieces of pre-Columbian pottery: two tripod bowls (the largest being 9 ½ inches in diameter), a figural vase and a burnished vase.
- Two Korean-style Silla covered pedestal bowls, both high-fired vessels representing the stoneware tradition of the early Silla dynasty, 6 ½ inches tall.
- A late 18th century Pierre Joseph Boch creamery potpourri on a rectangular stand, 7 inches high, in the shape of an ovoid urn and modeled with a pair of opposing swan handles.
- A cold painted bronze figure of a Turkish girl under a palm tree, a standing figure depicted in revealing dress and reaching up to a palm tree, 13 inches tall.
Chinese cups and jars will include a 15 ½ inch high Chinese pottery pot, possibly a Neolithic ceramic from the Yangshao culture (5000 BC and a Chinese update stem cup, 3 inches high, decorated with peonies, plum blossoms and birds. Often compared to stained glass, update is a technically difficult effect to achieve.
From Japan comes a collection of eleven silver salt and pepper shakers, including a bucket, a teapot, two rickshaws, two kotos, two torii gates, a paper lantern, a standing lantern and a small urn, all marked (at except for the small urn, not a shaker); and a vintage Japanese covered ginger jar, 12 inches high, with decorative fan designs painted with seasonal fall (deer, chrysanthemum) and summer (bamboo, paulownia) motifs.
A pair of framed Chinese porcelain paintings (or plaques), painted with themes of birds and flowering trees using overglaze enamels, will certainly arouse interest. One features birds in a springtime landscape with blooming cherry blossoms; the other features birds in a summer landscape with blooming peonies. Each measures 19 ¼ inches by 14 ¼ inches.
The auction of 335 lots will be organized live on the day of the auction by members of the Neue Auctions team. The catalog is live and posted on all three auction sites. Telephone and mail order bidding will be taken. Neue Auctions invites everyone to be added to its mailing list to receive notifications and information regarding current and future sales. The company is always on the lookout for quality deliveries.
Neue Auctions will follow this sale with an auction featuring Carol and Leslie Gould’s lifetime collection of rare and exquisite Moser glass pieces on Saturday, July 30. The auction will be online only and will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. Watch the website for more details closer to the sale date.
To learn more about Neue Auctions and the Marvin Drucker auction scheduled for Saturday, June 25, beginning at 10:00 a.m. EST, visit www.neueauctions.com. Updates are released often. Cynthia Maciejewksi and Bridget McWilliams can be reached by phone at 216-245-6707; or, you can reach them by email, at [email protected] or [email protected]
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