When Kwong Lum of Gianguan Auctions calls the gallery to order for the sale of more than two hundred Chinese paintings and albums, Bronze Age treasures, and exceptional Chinese ceramics, it will be twilight in New York. The 6 p.m. start time provides ample opportuity for collectors in the US, Europe and China to live bid in person or on several digital platforms.
Highlights of the auction include Tang Dynasty scholar Liu Gongquan’s “Calligraphy," Lot 98. The eight foot panel has Thirteen Emperor's seals and fourteen Collectors seals.
Zhao Ji, the personal name of the eighth Song Emperor, created "Bird on a Twig," Lot 106. The magnificent work is album page, and it is framed.
Among the modern offerings is Wu Guanzhong’s “Suhang Landscape,” Lot 123. Another is Xu Beihong’s 1940 “Horse Standing” is a modernist interpretation of the powerful symbol. It is one of three horse paintings by the artist in the sale.
Naturalism and abstraction come together in Yangyong Ding's "Frogs," Lot 77), “Cat and Butterfly,” Lot 78, and “Chrysanthemum and Insects,” Lot 79.
Leading the Bronze Age properties is Lot 81, an intricate pair of Warring States ritual Dou inlaid with gold and silver. The covered circular vessels sit high atop pedestals adorned with dragons that rise from the backs of Bixie.
A three bowl boshanlu censer, Lot 80, with rococo-like features makes a strong statement about the quest for the most elaborate of votive items during the Warring States period.
A Qing Dynasty ceramic zun, Lot 165, covered in a patina of silver captures the fascination later generations had with Bronze Age craft. Replicating the earlier form, it has a central band of Cicada lappets in a geometric pattern that sits below a scroll of taotie medallions.
The auction will be conducted live on Saturday, September 8, beginning at 6 PM EDT. Bidding is live, online at invaluable.com, liveauctioners.com and epailive.com.
For details, in Chinese and English, on the paintings in Gianguan’s September 8th sale, please visit www.gianguanauctions.com. Live previews run Wednesday, August 29 - Friday, September 7 (10 a.m.-7 p.m. EDT) at Gianguan Auctions gallery in New York City.