Important Asian Art Auction at Waddington’s

May 15 – 20, 2021

Our Spring 2021 auction of Important Asian Art focuses on works of exceptional provenance. Featured is a superb collection of early Chinese ceramics from the estate of H.H. Pao, owner of Pao & Moltke Ltd., Toronto, the Larry Caplan collection of Japanese netsuke, jade carvings from the Estate of Lois Orkin, and the final installment of blue and white export and Nanking Cargo porcelain from the Estate of Johannes Van Wees, Victoria B.C. (Read more about Export Porcelain and Nanking Cargo.)


Le Pho (1907-2001)
Oil on canvas, signed to the lower right on the front ‘黎譜 Le Pho’;
36.2 x 28.7 in — 92 x 73 cm
Estimate $70,000-$90,000

The centrepiece of the auction is a stunning oil painting by Le Pho (1907-2001). Celebrated during his lifetime, the work of the French-Vietnamese painter continues to be highly sought by collectors from around the world. Known for his fusion of Eastern and Western styles, Le Pho merged Impressionism, Surrealism, and classical Chinese and Vietnamese art to create a vision entirely his own, presenting a romantic view of gardens, women, nudes, and still-lifes. (Read about Le Pho.)

Fleurs, is a perfect representation of the artist’s ‘Findlay Period,’ featuring his iconic young Hanoi women dressed in áo dài, situated in a lush garden setting with refreshing bright colours, the French Impressionistic touch being the direct influence of Pierre Bonnard.


Netsuke Collection of Larry Caplan
The Larry Caplan netsuke collection (lots 255-278) was the result of decades of collecting and immersion in the mystique of netsuke. Caplan began his collecting journey in the late 1960s and was most active in the 1970s when he acquired the majority of his collection from notable auction houses, antique dealers and collectors such as Eskanazi, Spink & Son, Sydney L. Moss, and Raymond Bushell. He lectured and participated at important collectors’ symposiums including the London Netsuke Convention, the Token Kai Conference, and the netsuke dealers’ conventions in Honolulu, and was an ongoing member of the International Netsuke Society (founded as the Netsuke Kenkyukai Society in 1975). Find out more about collecting netsuke.


A Large Pale Celadon Jade Ruyi Sceptre, Qing Dynasty, 19th Century
The large ruyi-shaped head carved in low relief with a raised border enclosing two leaping carp amidst cresting waves, the thick arched shaft carved with a single leafy branch rising from a pointed terminal with further waves, pierced at the bottom edge for threading a tassel, the smoothly polished stone of an even pale celadon tone with faint streaks of russet and white mottling. Length 16 in — 40.6 cm
Estimate $15,000-$20,000

Auction Details
This online auction is open for bidding Saturday, May 15 at 9 am ET and closes Thursday, May 20 at 2 pm ET.

Please visit our website to browse the online gallery and to find out how to register and participate in the auction. Please note all prices are in Canadian $.

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About Waddington’s
Waddington’s is Canada’s most diversified provider of auction and appraisal services, specializing in Asian, Canadian, Inuit and Indigenous, International and Contemporary Art, as well as Decorative Arts & Design, Fine Jewellery, and Fine Wine & Spirits.

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For more information:
Tess McLean
Tel: 416.504.9100
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