$55,813 Carved Ivory Vase Tops Garth’s Decorative Arts Auction

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DELAWARE, OH- An impressive early 20th century Chinese carved ivory vase was the top lot of Garth’s Auctioneers and Appraisers’ auction of Asian, Continental, & American Furniture, Decorative Arts, & Fine Art on January 29, 2011. On display the week prior to the sale, the 14 ½” tall vase, adorned with intricate, continuous carving of a banquet scene around the circumference, drew quite a bit of attention from those visiting Garth’s gallery, as well as many phone calls from Europe and Asia. The vase was the highlight of a fresh-to-the-market group of ivories and textiles deaccessioned from a major Ohio institution which no longer found the material germane to its mission. The Asian material, which had been collected many years before landing at the institution via a generous donation, was clearly several steps above the typical, mid-century trinkets brought back by GIs in WWII. The buzz surrounding the vase