On December 10, Gianguan Auctions presents an exceptional collection of antiquities that celebrate China’s heightened artistic standards. The emphasis is on Neolithic to Qing Dynasty works of art and exceptional Qing and Ming ceramics and jade carvings.
Kwong Lum, Gianguan’s Founder and President, said the carefully curated collections emphasize rarity, aesthetics and craftsmanship at every price point, from top tier to mid-range and entry level.
Diamond chips, gold, turquoise and agate decorate the day's marquee item, a pair of Tang Dynasty Zun. The vessels are painted in gold with long-tailed phoenixes and scrolling birds. The base features dragons. The lids are painted with deer. The thousand year old pair is Lot 172, with a presale estimate of $800,000-$1,500,000.
The catalog cover lot is a rare Eastern Han blue-glass model of a courtyard surrounded by four buildings with a front entrance. Delicately worked with ribs and bricks, the ceremonial ornament is 12" X 5". It was most likely unearthed near Huangnigan Hepu County, Guangx, as were similar glass items in the Guangxi Museum. Lot 152 is valued at $400,000-$500,000.
An annonymous Qing Dynasty artisan carved the jade highlight—a 7 1/4" jade cabbage with string bean tendrils and clusters of leaves. Resplendent it form and technique, the carving is a symbol of purity. It can be compared to a similar item in the Taipei National Museum. It is Lot 149, expected to command $280,000-$380,000.
Chinese Ceramics of the Yuan, Qing and Ming dynasties are among the finest to come to the Gianguan podium in recent years. The collection epitomizes the strength of the gallery to acquire fine properties of Famille-Rose, copper red, blue and white, as well as items with unique glazes.
A masterwork of Ming porcelain, a blue and white dish with yellow accents features simulated “heaping and piling,” depicting bouquets of flowers. At 17" in diameter, the spectacular dish is estimated at $200,000-$300,000.
Buddhist art plays a leading role in the sale when a rare Tara figure of gilt wiith blue pigment takes the podium. The metal covered underside of the 9 3/4" figure is incised with a double varja. Estimate on the 7-pound statue, Lot 70, is $15,000-$25,000.
Further embodying the spiritual precepts that dominate Chinese life, is Fu Baoshi's painting, “Returning Home with the Immortal Spirit." Dated 1962, inscribed and signed, with one artist seal, Lot 121 is valued at $200,000-$300,000.
For details on these items and the complete catalog, please visit www.gianguanauctions. com. The New York preview runs December 2 through Friday, December 9. The sale starts at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 10th. It will be conducted live at Gianguan Auctions, 39 W. 56th Street and on liveaucitoneers.com. For details, please contact Gallery Director, Gianguan Auctions at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212 867-7288 212 867-9388 .
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