When Gianguan Auctions opens its sale on June 9, bidders around the world will have an opportunity to buy some of the finest Chinese ceramic values of the season. The sale is scheduled for 6 p.m. EDT to reach China's buyers in the morning.
Highlights begin with a Qing Dynasty blue and white Yuhuchunping. The body is decorated with a continuous frieze of bamboo, plantain trees and rock work in a fenced garden. Bearing the Qianlong Six Character, and of the period, the vase is similar to one illustrated in the Beijing Palace Museum collection. It is Lot 51, valued at more than $60,000.
The statuesque beauty of Qing cloisonné vases is made all the more dramatic by four sides with canted edges finished in gold. Five clawed dragons are presented in vibrant color on a turquoise ground as they chase flaming pearl through rolling waves beating against rockery and blossoms. With blossoms abounding and archaistic style key scrolls, the pair are the epitome of Chinese cloisonné. They are Lot 210, expected to command more than $30,000.
A fluted, persimmonsh-yellow Yaozhou bowl with six subtly-shaped lobes is a fine example of the originality and craftsmanship Song Dynasty potters had achieved while Europe was still in the Dark Ages. Carved with peony sprays on the exterior and interior, the diameter is a generous 41 cm (16.5 inches) in proportion to the 15.24 cm (6 inches) height. It is Lot 160. Bidding begins at $15,000.
Yuan Dynasty porcelains are accessible at prices of less than $10,000. Examples include a tall white floral ewer with cover. It has an applied curving dragon spout, arched strap handles and bossed decorations. Lot 35 will find a home at $6,000 or more.
Another Yaun value is a white ovoid Meiping carved with lotus blossoms on undulating stems. Overall, it is covered with a semi-translucent glaze of ivory tone except for the foot rim which is unglazed. Lot 164 should bring more than $6,000.
Zisha teapot lovers will enjoy deciding what pot or pots to acquire. Lot 246, which is a set of six with twelve beauties from the red chamber, is inscribed and signed Gu & Jingzhou on the inside cover and Gu Jingzhou on the underside.
Lot 249 gives the Zisha a unique treatment, encasing it in pewter and jade. This is inscribed and signed Wang Nan Lin. The teapots range from less than $1,000 to about $3,000.
For details on these and other properties in Gianguan Auctions June 9 sale, please visit the catalog at www.gianguanauctions.com. Live previews are in full swing through Friday, June 8.