Sacramento auction house brings in more than $250,000 with sale of Ming Dynasty items

Published: Tuesday, Apr. 1, 2014 - 11:11 am

Witherell’s auction house in midtown Sacramento brought in $262,422 in its just-closed auction of rare Asian furniture from the Ming Dynasty.

The auction, which closed Monday, included a Chinese flowering-pear side table that sold for $75,000 and a horseshoe-back chair from the same wood that sold for $57,600. A tea table sold for $39,600.

The auction house said all three pieces were from extinct or nearly extinct wood, and bidding went into “overtime” as bidders from Taiwan, Beijing, Honolulu, New York, Dallas, San Francisco and even Sacramento vied for the pieces.

“It was an especially exciting sale for such rare pieces,” said auction house owner Brian Witherell.

The auctioned furniture belonged to an American banker who spent 30 years in Asia. Ming was the ruling dynasty of China from 1368 to 1644.

For more details, see www.witherell’

Call The Bee’s Mark Glover, (916) 321-1184.

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