New York – On January 24, 2023 in New York, Bonhams is honored to present Cohen & Cohen: 50 Years of Chinese Export Porcelain, a single-owner collection from the renowned gallery. Comprising of over 150 lots, the sale will primarily feature magnificent eighteenth-century Chinese porcelains including exceptional examples of famille rose jar garnitures, large ‘Chinese-taste’ enameled standing figures, rare ‘European-subject’ plates and figures, and massive Kangxi-period famille verte and blue and white dishes. The single-owner auction is carefully timed to complement ‘Americana Week’ and the famed Winter show at the Armory, both prestigious events which traditionally attract the world’s leading collectors of Chinese Export art.
Established in 1973, Cohen & Cohen is widely respected as handling the finest, rarest, and most beautiful ‘Chinese Export’ porcelains, fascinating wares created in China expressly to be sold to Westerners. They have sold outstanding examples to the world’s greatest museums and collectors in addition to publishing highly informative, market-leading academic exhibition catalogues.
“It’s an honor to bring notable collections like Cohen & Cohen to auction and play a role in their long legacy,” commented Michael Hughes, Vice President, Head of Department, Chinese Ceramics & Works Art for Bonhams U.S. “We’ve had tremendous success with recent dealer collections around the world including Robert and Jean-Pierre Rousset in Paris, Roger Keverne in London, and Brian Harkins, in Hong Kong, and look forward to presenting this important collection of Chinese export porcelain in New York to the Bonhams global network.”
Sale highlights include:
- A Qianlong period (circa 1750) pair of famille rose ‘reclining ladies’ each viewing a painting album, estimated at US$20,000 – 30,000.
- A large Qianlong period (circa 1740) famille rose standing figure of a lady in Jewish dress, estimated at US$80,000 – 120,000.
- A pair of massive Qianlong ‘Bird’ chargers (circa 1750), estimated a US$20,000 – 30,000.
- A fine and very rare famille rose ‘US Hong at Canton’ documentary bowl from the Qianlong period (circa 1787-88), estimated at US$60,000 – 80,000.