Fine Asian Art & Antiques Pre-Auction Reception
Highlights of the September 2019 Pre-Auction Reception. Photo by Stephen Hansen 2019.
Wednesday evening, September 4, 2019, marked the first annual Pre-Auction Reception for the Fine Asian Art & Antiques auction at Oakridge. Staff mingled with long-time consignors and buyers, as well as a few new faces, over a spread of fine cheeses and wines. The private setting allowed the guests of Oakridge Auction Gallery, as well as staff from outside of the Asian Art department, to view some of the upcoming lots and discuss the artwork with the department’s specialists. There were revelations on both sides - including the fact that one of the guests, a long-time member of the Snuff Bottle Society newly introduced to Oakridge, had in fact known the previous owner of several snuff bottles in the upcoming sale personally, and remembered the items in their former setting.
Head of Asian Art & Antiques Jennifer Clary discusses some of the lots in the upcoming Fine Asian Art & Antiques auction with guests at the Pre-Auction Reception. Photo by Stephen Hansen 2019.
The atmosphere of the event was enhanced by the performance of Cassi Chen, a young musician from the tri-state area already making a name for herself in international competitions on the Chinese guzheng - a horizontally laid out stringed instrument of the chordophone family, similar to the Japanese koto and the Korean gayageum. Staff and guests alike were blown away by this fifteen-year old prodigy’s mastery of the instrument, and her ability to mesmerize a small crowd for the entirety of the evening.
Cassi Chen, of Maryland, performs the Chinese guzheng at the Pre-Auction Reception. Ms. Chen has won over 11 First Place and Gold Awards in international competitions for the guzheng and studies with the Washington Dunhuang Guzheng Academy. Photo by Stephen Hansen 2019.
Oakridge looks forward to repeating the Pre-Auction Reception with the Spring or Fall Fine Asian Art Auctions of 2020, and beyond. Thank you to all who were able to join us for this wonderful evening.
Please visit our website www.oakridgeauctiongallery.com for more information on future events.