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iGavel’s March 2024 Asia Week New York Auctions


Pair of Chinese Zitan, Cloisonné and Gilt Bronze Lantern Stands, Estimate: US$100,000-US$150,000, The Shahmoon Family Collection of Asian, European and Other Works of Art

iGavel Auctions is pleased to present four outstanding online sales during Asia Week New York with select works on view at Lark Mason Associates Gallery.

The Shahmoon Family Collection of Asian, European and Other Works of Art
Presented by: Lark Mason Associates
Online Auction: March 12–April 2, 2024
Viewing in NY: March 14–22 10am–5pm, closed Sunday
Lark Mason Associates Gallery 227 East 120th Street

Solomon Shahmoon and his brother were renowned property developers and financiers in Shanghai during the peak of the early 20th century building boom and Shanghai’s development as the major commercial center in Asia. Arriving in 1907 and establishing Messrs SE Shamoon (alternatively spelled Shahmoon) they soon made their mark on the business community. Their success was capped by the construction in 1927 of the eight story Shahmoon Building dominating the Bund and sited above their Art Deco masterpiece, The Capitol Theater.

The Shahmoon building, designed by Hungarian immigrant C.H. Gonda, rose majestically over the staid, traditional banking and insurance buildings on the Bund. Striking elegant apartments and sleek business offices occupied the upper floors above the Capitol Theater, ushering in Shanghai as an international cosmopolitan center. The building remains in the heart of Shanghai’s vibrant business and nightlife community, at the corner of Huqui (Museum) and Suzhou (Soochow) roads, and is now the main Shanghai post office. Solomon Shahmoon was a pillar of the business community in Shanghai until emigrating to the United States during the 1940s. He and his wife Hannah not only created and financed the architectural treasures of the Bund, they were collectors of Chinese and western works of art and their collection graced their Shanghai home as well as their new home in the United States.

The Shahmoon Collection sale is a mix of Chinese furniture, paintings, ceramics and works of art, and Western furniture, silver, bronzes, paintings and works of art. Highlights include Pair of Chinese Zitan, Cloisonne and Gilt Bronze Lantern Stands and a Chinese Carved Red Lacquer and Stone Inlaid Eight Panel Screen from the Qing Dynasty.

Chinese Huanghuali Cabinet, Qing Dynasty, Estimate: US$70,000-US$100,000, Chinese and Other Works of Art

Chinese and Other Works of Art
Presented by: iGavel Associates
Online Auction: March 19–April 4, 2024
Viewing of Select Lots in NYC: March 14–22 10am–5pm, closed Sunday
Lark Mason Associates Gallery 227 East 120th Street

Highlights of this sale includes a Qing Dynasty Chinese Huanghuali Cabinet, a Tibetan Gilt Bronze Figure of 11 Headed Avalokiteshvara and a Chinese Dehua Blanc de Chine Figure of Guanyin from the 17th Century,

The Collection of Charles A. Coolidge: Commander, American Legation, Peking, Circa 1900
Accompanied by his personal ledger and inventory of the collection acquired during his Beijing Assignment
Presented by: Lark Mason Associates
Online Auction: March 21–April 9, 2024

Charles Austin Coolidge, Jr. was a Brigadier General in the United States Army, serving in the American Civil War and the Spanish-American War, and as the commander of the American Legation in China during the Boxer Uprising. According to Arlington Cemetery records, after being stationed in the Philippine Islands, his regiment was transferred to China in 1900 as part of the China Relief Expedition Campaigns, where he took command of the American Legation quarter in Beijing. The Arlington Cemetery records list Coolidge as the first American to enter Peking during the Boxer Uprising. He kept a personal ledger and inventory of works he collected during this time, and lots are offered with copies of relevant pages. The ledger itself will be featured as an available lot.

Asian Paintings and Works of Art from the Collection of Bruce and Barbara Sullivan, Birmingham, Alabama
Presented by: Lark Mason Associates
Online Auction: April 2–April 18, 2024

Bruce and Barbara Sullivan were patrons of the arts, having established The Sullivan Collection at the Birmingham Museum of Art. Dr. M. Bruce Sullivan served under his father-in-law in the United States Medical Corps, where he met Barbara. Barbara had lived a military life herself. As the daughter of Admiral and Mrs. Clyde Wyndham Brunson, at the age of 14 she witnessed the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Dr. and Mrs. Sullivan spent their early years of marriage in Japan. Here, Barbara started her interest in and study of Asian Culture that would go on for years, amassing Asian Art across all categories. Highlights include a work by one of the founders of Modern Chinese Paintings, Wu Guanzhong.

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