Huanghuali Chairs Lead Stellar $11.5 Million Fine Asian Works of Art Sale at Bonhams & Butterfields

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Bonhams & Butterfields’ Fine Asian Works of Art auction on June 21, 2011 in San Francisco brought more than $11.5-million, with a rare pair of huanghuali continuous yoke back armchairs, 17th/18th century, leading the sale by bringing $1.49 million USD. One of many attractions among the Chinese furniture to be offered, the chairs were from a private Manhattan Collector and featured an elegant s-curved back splat of plain, finely matched grain and lustrous tone. Highlights from the estate of Gussie Gaskill, former curator of the Wason Collection of books and manuscripts about China, housed at Cornell University, included a huanghuali kang table, 17th/18th century (sold for $42,700 USD), a pair of huanghuali and mixed wood rose chairs (meiguiyi) (sold for $30,500 USD). A small four panel zitan and mixed wood dragon screen, Late Qing/Republic Period (sold for $32,160 USD), and a Huanghuali and mixed wood