Paul Fraser Collectibles –
The lifetime collection of James W. Pihos will feature fine Chinese carvings in upcoming sale.
One of the finest collections of 18th and 19th Century Chinese coral and ivory carvings will be auctioned on May 4-6, 2012.
The carvings will feature among the lifetime collection of James W. Pihos in Florida.
He was one of the original investors in McDonalds restaurants and the largest owner of stores in the Midwest. He passed away at his Ft. Lauderdale estate in May 2011.
“Mr. Pihos had huge Lalique doorhandles leading into the magnificent master bedroom of his estate home, and that may offer a little insight into the world of a man who lived life large and only bought the very best,” said the auction house’s Lloyd Matheson.
“His red and white figural coral pieces – there are 33 in the sale – and his ivory carvings are just outstanding.” Highlights from his collection include a huge angel skin and melon colour coral group dating from the late 17th century.
This unusual piece was carved from a single coral branch and shows an emperor on a throne surrounded by his subjects.
Noted for its unique size and colour, the piece is expected to be the top-lot of the auction with an estimate of $30,000-$50,000.