The A.W. Bahr Collection of Chinese Porcelain
ILLUSTRATED AUCTION CATALOGUE
OF A REMARKABLE COLLECTION
Antique Chinese Porcelains, Pottery, Jades, Screens, Paintings on Glass,Rugs, Carpets
AND MANY OTHER OBJECTS OF ART AND ANTIQUITYFORMED BY
- A. W. BAHR
- A.W. Bahr Collection of Chinese Porcelain
THE WELL-KNOWN CONNOISSEUR AND AUTHORITY ON
THE ANCIENT ARTS OF CHINA
UNRESTRICTED PUBLIC SALE
AT THE AMERICAN ART GALLERIES
MONDAY, TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS
JANUARY 17TH, 18TH AND 19TH, 1916
BEGINNING AT 2.30 O’CLOCK
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Excerp from the introduction for the auction of the A.W. Bahr Collection of Chinese Porcelain:
This remarkable Collection of Chinese Art Objects has been made by Mr. A. W. Bahr, formerly of Shanghai, who is well known as a connoisseur and authority on Chinese Art. It represents the result of many years patient accumulation and selection, almost every piece having some distinctive merit whether it be form, color or design.
Mr. Bahr draws attention to the following articles. The Imperial enamel and the polychrome ivory Snuff Bottles were secured from officials to whom they were given by the Imperial Court. In the jade and agate section are important specimens of fine workmanship and pieces that Chinese connoisseurs value. The Blanc-de-Chine or white Fukien porcelain has been an especial study and the pieces have besides the charm of translucent and creamy paste great form and fine modeling of high sculptural quality.
In the monochrome class there are specimens of almost every known variety from Ming to Tao Kwang periods with some quite unique pieces and each has been selected with great attention to slight variation of tints and perfection in forms as well as securing many articles that have Imperial seal and thus made especially for ornaments in the palaces.
In the earlier classes is a thoroughly representative group comprising most of the earlier hard stonewares and pottery.
In miscellaneous objects is a variety of work of excellence, the mirror and glass paintings, screens, lacquer panels, carved wood and iron pictures are worthy of study and several pieces are from Imperial palaces. Some of the textiles are of the highest quality. The golden-thread K’O-SSU wall hangings are extremely rare, of great decorative and artistic value and most complete and extensive examples of this manufacture. The two robes are truly Imperial and of the very finest craftsmanship and design.
The select collection of antique rugs and carpets is representative of various grades, colors and sizes and contains some extremely rare and fine specimens from temples and palaces.
Special attention is directed to the Sang-de-bceuf animal of the Ming period, which is claimed to be unique; also to the early Ming figure, which is the largest upright figure known of its class and is of great importance.
HSIA DYNASTY B.C. 2205-1767
SHANG DYNASTY B.C. 1766-1122
CHOU DYNASTY B.C. 1122- 255
HAN DYNASTY B.C. 206-A.D. 220
WEI DYNASTY A.D. 220- 264
CHIN AND OTHER DYNASTIES A.D. 265- 557
SUI DYNASTY A.D. 581- 617
T’ANG DYNASTY A.D. 618- 906
FIVE DYNASTIES A.D. 906- 960
SUNG DYNASTY A.D. 960-1279
YUAN DYNASTY A.D. 1280-1367
MING DYNASTY A.D. 1368-1644
SHUN CHIH REIGN A.D. 1644-1661
K’ANG HSI REIGN A.D. 1662-1722
YUNG CHENG REIGN A.D. 1723-1735
CH’IEN LUNG REIGN A.D. 1736-1795
CHIA CHING REIGN A.D. 1796-1820
TAO KUANG REIGN A.D. 1821-1850