Kaminski Acquires Major Collections of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Thai Art and Antiques
The April 6th auction at Kaminski will present important collections of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Thai art and antiques. Major collections presented include items from Surin Namkunee of Florida, a collector for over 45 years, as well as items from the collection of Mrs. Anna Fraser of California, wife of the distinguished WWII Army Colonel James Fraser. Colonel Fraser served as the Senior Military Attaché at the US Embassy in Seoul during the late 1940s and 1950s.
A gilt bronze figure of the Buddha from Thailand is poised to be the top lot of the day. The elegant figure dates to the fifteenth or sixteenth century, and was most likely produced in the city of Ayutthaya, a large city and the center of international commerce at the time. Appraisers have valued the statue belonging to the collection of Surin Namkunee at $10,000 to $20,000.
Another sitting Buddha from the Namkunee collection, this one fashioned of 24 carat gold, is also among the top lots. Dating to fifteenth century Thailand, the four inch tall Buddha is valued at $5,000 to $10,000. From the Sukhothai period comes another Thai Buddha, made of bronze and estimated at $3,000 to $5,000. A Chinese Ming bronze Buddha from a Santa Barbara collection is valued slightly higher; it's expected to sell for over $5,000.
A number of fine furniture pieces are also included in the sale. Among the top lots are a Chinese carved altar table from the Ming Dynasty, a Huanghuali cabinet, and a nineteenth century low wood table, each valued at $3,000 to $5,000.