A Fine Set of Gilt Bronze and Cloisonné Enamel Scholars Garniture, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong1

A Fine Set of Gilt Bronze and Cloisonné Enamel Scholars Garniture, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Gilt Four Character Cast Mark and of the Period. Estimate $40,000-$60,000. Photo courtesy Gianguan Auction

NEW YORK, NY.- As the rush of Spring Asia Week exhibitions and auctions wind down, Gianguan Auctions will ramp up the excitement again on Sunday, March 22nd, with an auction strong in Buddhist art, Qing Dynasty cloisonné, large carved jades, and archetypal scroll paintings. 

Statues of rarely seen Buddhist gods lead the auction. Lot 298, for instance, is a gilt-bronze casting of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva with dragon.The Qing Dynasty figure holds a pearl in one hand, an axe in the other while a coiled dragon hovers over his head. The 16 1/2-inch tall statue retains original pigment. The pre-sale estimate is $8,000—$15,000. 

A Rare and Fine Gilt Bronze Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva with Dragon, Tibet, Qing dynasty1

A Rare and Fine Gilt Bronze Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva with Dragon, Tibet, Qing dynasty2

A Rare and Fine Gilt Bronze Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva with Dragon, Tibet, Qing dynasty3

A Rare and Fine Gilt Bronze Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva with Dragon, Tibet, Qing dynasty4

A Rare and Fine Gilt Bronze Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva with Dragon, Tibet, Qing dynasty. Estimate $8,000—$15,000Photo courtesy Gianguan Auction

Single-cast, tall figure standing on a round double lotus base, his face with a benign expression with downcast eyes with gentle smile, flanked by long pierced lobes, the hair arranged in tight curls and rising to a domed ushnisha framed by pendulous ears. Draped with long flowing robes finely incised with floral borders. Holding a pearl on the left and an axe on the right, with a writhing dragon coiled around his robes and hovering above his head with extended hands. Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva’s mission is to help and deliver those in suffering without judgment. Height: 16¾ in (42.5 cm)

Tara, the Bodhisattva’s feminine counterpart, is also modeled in large format. The voluptuous figure holds a lotus stem and is garbed in delicately detailed robes that swirl and coil decoratively behind. Meanwhile, the face, with a third eye, is framed by a foliate tiara and disk earrings. Eyes are incised on the palms. On a lotus base with confronting deer, the gilt-bronze statue is Lot 299. The Qing figure will see $6,000—$10,000.

A Gilt Bronze Figure of Tara, Tibet, Qing dynasty1

A Gilt Bronze Figure of Tara, Tibet, Qing dynasty2

A Gilt Bronze Figure of Tara, Tibet, Qing dynasty3

A Gilt Bronze Figure of Tara, Tibet, Qing dynasty4

A Gilt Bronze Figure of Tara, Tibet, Qing dynastyEstimate $6,000—$10,000Photo courtesy Gianguan Auction

Standing on an oval lotus base relief carved with confronting deer and lotus buds and holding the stem of a lotus blossoming at the shoulder, clad in diaphanous robes cast with delicate and elaborate patterns. Her head slightly angled with the ‘third eye’, flanked by elaborate disk earrings and a foliate tiara. Further eyes incised on her palms. Height: 15⅛ in (38.4 cm)

A Tibetan gilt-bronze of Yama With Buffalo is also of the Qing period. The animal stands foursquare next to Yama, depicted in a modified eagle pose, hands raised to play flute. A leaf mandorla encircles his black hair. Lot 296, it is estimated at $6,000—$10,000. 

Gilt Bronze Yama with Buffalo, Tibet, Qing dynasty

Gilt Bronze Yama with Buffalo, Tibet, Qing dynasty1

Gilt Bronze Yama with Buffalo, Tibet, Qing dynasty2

Gilt Bronze Yama with Buffalo, Tibet, Qing dynasty4

Gilt Bronze Yama with Buffalo, Tibet, Qing dynasty5

Gilt Bronze Yama with Buffalo, Tibet, Qing dynastyEstimate $6,000—$10,000Photo courtesy Gianguan Auction

Standing over a rectangular lotus base with a beaded rims, Yama is dressed in a close dohti with large earrings and other beaded adornments, the face in a meditative expression with slight smile and downward gazing eyes topped by a wide crown, her hair piled into a high chignon with a leaf Mandorla. A buffalo standing on foursquare next. Height: 11¼ in (28.6 cm)

Maitreye with a massive mandorla is set upon a throne. Crafted during the Qing Dynasty, the gilt bronze casting is detailed with a mandorla composed of religious symbols. At 12 5/8-inches tall, Lot 302 is $6,000-$10,000. 

A Gilt Bronze Figure of Buddha Maitreya, Tibet, Qing dynasty1

A Gilt Bronze Figure of Buddha Maitreya, Tibet, Qing dynasty2

A Gilt Bronze Figure of Buddha Maitreya, Tibet, Qing dynasty3

A Gilt Bronze Figure of Buddha Maitreya, Tibet, Qing dynasty4

A Gilt Bronze Figure of Buddha Maitreya, Tibet, Qing dynasty5

A Gilt Bronze Figure of Buddha Maitreya, Tibet, Qing dynastyEstimate $6,000—$10,000Photo courtesy Gianguan Auction

Seated on a stepped throne with his feet resting on a lotus blossom, the hands held in a dharmachakramudra, clad in billowing robes with folds, draped over both shoulders, the face with bow-shaped mouth and elongated eyes flanked by pendulous earlobes, the hair in tight curls over the ushnisha and topped with a knop. Backed by a decorated mandorla, set with religious motifs including garuda and makaras. Height: 12⅝ in (32.1 cm)

A large silver figure of Vajrasattva adorned with turquoise, coral and bands of polished gilt-bronze is simply beautiful. Garbed in traditional dhoti, with tiered foliate tiara, the figure stands atop an articulated lotus blossom. Weighing nearly 2-pounds, Lot 303 is valued at $6,000-$10,000. 

 

A Gilt Bronze Silver Figure of Vajrasattva, Tibet, Qing dynasty1

A Gilt Bronze Silver Figure of Vajrasattva, Tibet, Qing dynasty2

A Gilt Bronze Silver Figure of Vajrasattva, Tibet, Qing dynasty3

A Gilt Bronze Silver Figure of Vajrasattva, Tibet, Qing dynasty4

A Gilt Bronze Silver Figure of Vajrasattva, Tibet, Qing dynasty5

A Gilt Bronze Silver Figure of Vajrasattva, Tibet, Qing dynastyEstimate $6,000—$10,000Photo courtesy Gianguan Auction

Standing on a double-lotus base with the hands holding varja, dressed in billowing dhoti with folds and adorned with gems, face with downcast expression surmounted with a foliate tiara topped with a varja finial. Height: 10⅝ in (14.3 cm). Weight: 1278 g

A painting by the “Living Buddha”, H. H. Dorje Chang III, reflects the inner journey. Ink Lotus, an explosion of line and emotion is tempered by an inscription that translates, ”An utter chaos strewn with broken strokes: a peculiar sight, yet wondrously endowed with a soul-soothing charm”. It carries a pre-sale value upwards of $10M. 

Splendors of the Qing Dynasty continue with superb collections of cloisonné. A 5-piece set of sapphire-blue scholar garniture enhanced with multi-colored enamels is identical to examples in the Palace Museum, Beijing, and the National Palace Museum, Taipei. The set includes an ink stone warmer with cover, brush holder in the form of mountain peaks, brush washer with ladle, weasel bristle pen and box. Lot 297 is valued at $40,000-$60,000. 

 

A Fine Set of Gilt Bronze and Cloisonné Enamel Scholars Garniture, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong1

A Fine Set of Gilt Bronze and Cloisonné Enamel Scholars Garniture, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong2

A Fine Set of Gilt Bronze and Cloisonné Enamel Scholars Garniture, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong3

A Fine Set of Gilt Bronze and Cloisonné Enamel Scholars Garniture, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Gilt Four Character Cast Mark and of the Period. Estimate $40,000-$60,000Photo courtesy Gianguan Auction

The set of scholar’s garniture are all elaborately decorated with writhing front-facing five-clawed dragon with the Wan Character picked out in vivid yellow, pursuing a ‘flaming pearl’ amidst multi-colored ruyi clouds against a bright sapphire-blue ground, above rolling waves and a terrestrial diagram from which issues various beribboned auspicious symbols, all within a gilt border.

Inkstone Warmer and Cover: This pattern is similarly repeated on the four sides of the rectangular box, with the two dragons on the longer sides picked out in tones of an attractive sea-green. It is connected to a pedestal supported on a gilt stand with bracket-shaped aprons, delicately decorated with floral scrolls. The base is gilt and cast with a Qianlong four-character mark. The box originally contained a shallow tray to hold ink stones. Hot water or ashes of hot coal would have been placed within the box below the tray in order to keep the ink stones warm, preventing the ink from freezing during the cold winters. It is now missing.

Brush Holder: Formed as a five-point mountain of slightly crescent section, enamelled on each side with two front-face dragons amidst dense ruyi clouds above cresting waves issuing auspicious treasures.

Brush Washer with Ladle: Of cylindrical drum shape with shoulder decorated with floral scrolls and the body with confronting dragon. The base is similar to the warmer. The ladle is decorated with scrolling tendrils with the Wan character and a dragon head arched handle.

Weasel Bristle Pen: The pen tube is decorated with scrolling blossoms with reign mark on the base. A large weasel bristle head.

Height of Box: 3½ in (8.9 cm) - Height of Holder: 3⅞ in (9.8 cm) - Height of Washer: 4 in (10.2 cm) - Length of Ladle: 4¾ in (12.1 cm) - Length of Pen: 10¼ in (26 cm)

There are identical examples in the Palace Museum, Beijing and the National Palace Museum, Taipei, although both of these have their original shallow trays holding the ink stones. The warmer belongs to an original set of cloisonné enamel stationery comprising the brush rack, water receptacle and ink stand. The Beijing example is illustrated in Gold, Silver, Glass, Enamels, Zhongguo meishu quanji, vol. 10, Beijing, 1987, pl.333; and Enamels 3: Cloisonné in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum, Beijing, 2011, pl. 48 (fig. 1). The Taipei example, together with the complete set of stationery, are illustrated in Enamel Ware in the Ming and Ch’ing Dynasties, Taipei, 1999, pl. 53.

Rarely are Qing Dynasty cloisonné vases found in pairs, but this sale holds two significant lots. Lot 300, octagonal vases, on a sapphire-blue ground with multi-hued enamels separated by interlocking cloisonné, are about 15” tall. With the Qianlong four-character mark, the estimate for Lot 300 is $40,000-$60,000. Lot 301 is a pari of hexagonal Hu form vases with a ground of sky-blue. Foreshadowing the art-deco taste, they are masterful examples of geometric shapes —hexagonal necks and bulbous bodies atop gold-rimmed hexagonal bases. With the Qianlong four-character gilt mark, standing 15-inches tall, the pair is $40,000-$60,000. 

A Pair of Rare Cloisonné Enamel Octagonal Dragon Vase Zun, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong1

A Pair of Rare Cloisonné Enamel Octagonal Dragon Vase Zun, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong2

A Pair of Rare Cloisonné Enamel Octagonal Dragon Vase Zun, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong3

A Pair of Rare Cloisonné Enamel Octagonal Dragon Vase Zun, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong4

A Pair of Rare Cloisonné Enamel Octagonal Dragon Vase Zun, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong5

 A Pair of Rare Cloisonné Enamel Octagonal Dragon Vase ZunQing Dynasty, Qianlong Four Character Gilt Mark Cast in Relief within Circle. Estimate $40,000-$60,000Photo courtesy Gianguan Auction

Of square section with four sides and canted corners, supported on a high flared foot, and surmounted by a waisted neck of the same section, brilliantly decorated in bright Cloisonné enamels on a turquoise-ground, the four sides each with a ferocious five-clawed dragon in pursuit of a ‘flaming pearl’ amid swirling multi-colored clouds and above foaming waves crashing against rockwork and floral sprays, their sinuous bodies vividly captured in various poses, the corners decorated with stylized lotus blooms, archaistic srcollwork and bats, the foot with archaistic scrolls enclosing lotus blooms, and the neck decorated similarly with archaistic scrolls and bats. Height: 14¾ in (37.5 cm)

Fit for a prince, Lot 75 is a 16-lobe box of Chinese lacquer. Finely incised and colored with two confronting dragons painted in shades of red, turquoise blue, burnt amber and black against a red lacquer ground, it has bands of scrolling lotus blossoms at the seam. Displaying the Qianlong six-character mark. It is expected to bring $20,000-$40,000. Lot 21, a Ming Dynasty Tanqui lacquer collar box in the shape of a half-moon will bring $600-$100. Meanwhile, contemporary lacquer bracelets by Zhang Wengzhi, Lots 24 and 36 hold their value at $600-$1,000.

A Rare and Fine Tianqi Polychrome Lacquer Painted Lobed Dragon Box and Cover, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong

A Rare and Fine Tianqi Polychrome Lacquer Painted Lobed Dragon Box and Cover, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong2

A Rare and Fine Tianqi Polychrome Lacquer Painted Lobed Dragon Box and Cover, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong3

A Rare and Fine Tianqi Polychrome Lacquer Painted Lobed Dragon Box and Cover, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong4

A Rare and Fine Tianqi Polychrome Lacquer Painted Lobed Dragon Box and Cover, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong5

A Rare and Fine Tianqi Polychrome Lacquer Painted Lobed Dragon Box and Cover, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Six-Character Mark and of the PeriodEstimate $20,000-$40,000Photo courtesy Gianguan Auction

Using the polychrome tianqi filled-in color technique, the top of the box is finely incised and colored with two confronting dragons chasing flaming pearl amidst writhing clouds, picked out in shades of red, turquoise blue, burnt amber and black, all on a red lacquer ground, encircled with a classic key-fret band. The sixteen lobes are decorated with scrolling lotus blooms. The interiors and base lacquered in black.  Across: 17¼ in (43.8 cm)

“Dramatic” is the word that best describes the marquee carved jades. Lot 185 is a pair of spinach green bowls with micro-thin sides that rise to everted rims. With the Yongzheng Six Character Mark, they will bring $60,000—$80,000. Lot 186, anan archaistic ritual axe of russet jade carved in high-relief with coiling Qilin, is 15-inches long, It is $10,000—$15,000. 

A Pair of Large Spinach Green Jade Bowls, Qing Dynasty, Yongzheng Six Character Mark and of the Period1

A Pair of Large Spinach Green Jade Bowls, Qing Dynasty, Yongzheng Six Character Mark and of the Period2

A Pair of Large Spinach Green Jade Bowls, Qing Dynasty, Yongzheng Six Character Mark and of the Period3

A Pair of Large Spinach Green Jade Bowls, Qing Dynasty, Yongzheng Six Character Mark and of the Period4

A Pair of Large Spinach Green Jade Bowls, Qing Dynasty, Yongzheng Six Character Mark and of the Period5

A Pair of Large Spinach Green Jade Bowls, Qing Dynasty, Yongzheng Six Character Mark and of the Period6

A Pair of Large Spinach Green Jade Bowls, Qing Dynasty, Yongzheng Six Character Mark and of the Period7

A Pair of Large Spinach Green Jade Bowls, Qing Dynasty, Yongzheng Six Character Mark and of the PeriodEstimate $60,000—$80,000Photo courtesy Gianguan Auction

Each bowl is thinly and delicately carved with rounded sides rising to an everted rim, raised on a slightly splayed cylindrical foot, the softly polished stone of dark green tone mottled with natural veining throughout. Carved reign mark at recessed base. With fitted wood stand. Diameter: 8¾ in (22.2 cm). Height: 3⅛ in (8 cm)

Archaistic Carved Ritual Ax in White and Russet Jade1

Archaistic Carved Ritual Ax in White and Russet Jade2

Archaistic Carved Ritual Ax in White and Russet Jade3

Archaistic Carved Ritual Ax in White and Russet Jade4

Archaistic Carved Ritual Ax in White and Russet Jade5

Archaistic Carved Ritual Ax in White and Russet JadeEstimate $10,000—$15,000Photo courtesy Gianguan Auction

With curved blade, both sides carved in high relief coiling Qilin. As a sacred and power symbol. Length: 15¼ in (38.7 cm)

Subtle examples of carved jade include Lot 73, two Tang Dynasty archaistic open-work bi, $4,000-$6,000, and Lot 64, a Zhou Dynasty quail,with wings folded and tail feathers outstretched. At 7-inches tall, weighing nearly 3-pounds, it is $4,000-$6,000. 

Two Archaistic Finely Carved Jade Disc Bi, Tang Dynasty1

Two Archaistic Finely Carved Jade Disc Bi, Tang Dynasty2

Two Archaistic Finely Carved Jade Disc Bi, Tang Dynasty3

Two Archaistic Finely Carved Jade Disc Bi, Tang Dynasty4

Two Archaistic Finely Carved Jade Disc BiTang DynastyEstimate $4,000-$6,000. Photo courtesy Gianguan Auction

Both pierced in openwork with Dragon and Scroll Motifs. Height: 4¼ in (10.8 cm), 4⅝ in (11.7 cm). Weight: 195 g

A Finely Carved Jade Quail, Western Zhou dynasty1

A Finely Carved Jade Quail, Western Zhou dynasty2

A Finely Carved Jade Quail, Western Zhou dynasty3

A Finely Carved Jade Quail, Western Zhou dynasty4

A Finely Carved Jade Quail, Western Zhou dynasty5

A Finely Carved Jade Quail, Western Zhou dynasty6

A Finely Carved Jade Quail, Western Zhou dynastyEstimate $4,000-$6,000. Photo courtesy Gianguan Auction

Standing upright on its talon feet, with wings folded around the sides and tail feathers outstretched. The plumage carved in low relief key-fret and C-scroll patterns. Atop its head and its back, stylized Kui dragon scrolls. Height: 7⅝ in (19.4 cm). Weight: 1464 g

History as seen through text inscriptions increases the importance of the extensive collection of seals. Among them are Lot 49, an archaistic jade scabbard seal and Lot 53, a columnar Jixue stone seal. Both range in the $1,000-$2,000 range.

A Dark Shoushan Stone Seal with Carved Bixie As Knob1

A Dark Shoushan Stone Seal with Carved Bixie As Knob2

A Dark Shoushan Stone Seal with Carved Bixie As Knob3

A Dark Shoushan Stone Seal with Carved Bixie As Knob4

A Dark Shoushan Stone Seal with Carved Bixie As Knob5

A Dark Shoushan Stone Seal with Carved Bixie As Knob6

A Dark Shoushan Stone Seal with Carved Bixie As Knob7

A Dark Shoushan Stone Seal with Carved Bixie As KnobEstimate $1,000-$2,000. Photo courtesy Gianguan Auction.

Height: 3 in (7.6 cm) - Weight: 288 g

Calligraphy, currently the darling of Chinese contemporary artists working in the traditional manner, includes a Script Poem on gold-flecked paper by the Qianlong Emperor. Dated 1793, Lot 100, is valued at $60,000-$90,000. The modernist work Calligraphy in Couplet by Hu Shi (1891-1962) takes a more lyrical different approach to script. Lot 82, it is $5,000-$8,000.

Emperor Qianlong, Qing Dynasty

Emperor Qianlong, Qing Dynasty

Emperor Qianlong, Qing Dynasty. Script Calligraphy of a Poem. Hanging Scroll, Ink on Paper. Dated 1793. Inscribed and signed. Imperial, with two Imperial seals; 49¾ x 25⅛ in (126.3 x 63.8 cm)Estimate $60,000-$90,000. Photo courtesy Gianguan Auction.

Hu Shi (1891 - 1962), Calligraphy in Couplet1

Hu Shi (1891 - 1962), Calligraphy in Couplet2

Hu Shi (1891 - 1962), Calligraphy in Couplet3

Hu Shi (1891 - 1962), Calligraphy in Couplet4

Hu Shi (1891 - 1962), Calligraphy in Couplet5

Hu Shi (1891 - 1962), Calligraphy in Couplet. Hanging Scroll, Ink on Paper. Inscribed and signed Hu Shi, with two artist seals. One collector’s seal; 45⅛ × 11 in (114.6 × 27.9 cm)Estimate $5,000-$8,000. Photo courtesy Gianguan Auction.

Several of the historic paintings carry “Estimate by Request” tags. They include Song Dynasty painter Sun Zhiwei’s vibrant visualization of a Taiji (Taichi) Lecture, Lot 144, and Lot 139, a dark, evocative work entitled Illusive Dragon by Southern Song Dynasty artist Chen Rong (aka Us Weng). 

The re-telling history in figurative paintings soars at Lot 111, He Cheng’s portrayal of the battle-ready folkloric hero General Zhao Yuan atop a galloping steed. With 10 emperors seals and six collectors seals, this Yuan Dynasty treasure is $300,000-$400,000

He Cheng (1217 - 1309), General Zhao Yun, Yuan Dynasty

He Cheng (1217 - 1309), General Zhao Yun, Yuan Dynasty2

He Cheng (1217 - 1309), General Zhao Yun, Yuan Dynasty3

He Cheng (1217 - 1309), General Zhao Yun, Yuan Dynasty4

He Cheng (1217 - 1309), General Zhao Yun, Yuan Dynasty5

He Cheng (1217 - 1309), General Zhao Yun, Yuan Dynasty6

He Cheng (1217 - 1309), General Zhao Yun, Yuan Dynasty7

He Cheng (1217 - 1309), General Zhao Yun, Yuan Dynasty8

He Cheng (1217 - 1309), General Zhao Yun, Yuan Dynasty9

He Cheng (1217 - 1309), General Zhao Yun, Yuan Dynasty10

He Cheng (1217 - 1309), General Zhao Yun, Yuan Dynasty11

He Cheng (1217 - 1309), General Zhao Yun, Yuan Dynasty12

He Cheng (1217 - 1309), General Zhao Yun, Yuan Dynasty13

He Cheng (1217 - 1309), General Zhao YunYuan Dynasty. Hanging Scroll, Ink & Color on Paper. Signed He Cheng, with one artist seal. Ten Emperors’ seals. Six Collectors’ seals. 47¾ × 24 in (121.3 × 61 cm). Estimate $300,000-$400,000. Photo courtesy Gianguan Auction.

Modernist buyers of mid-to-upper tier paintings will find Xu Beihong’s 1935 work Noble Steed (Lot 120) a value at $150,000—$200,000. Lot 138, Wu Guanzongh’s sinuous, hard-edged abstraction Pine in the Wind, daubed with bold color, is estimated at $80,000—$150,000. Qi Baishi’s Longevity Peaches, a study in brilliant orange with deep green, is well-priced at $80,000—$100,000. 

Xu Beihong (1895 - 1953), Noble Steed1

Xu Beihong (1895 - 1953), Noble Steed2

Xu Beihong (1895 - 1953), Noble Steed3

Xu Beihong (1895 - 1953), Noble Steed4

Xu Beihong (1895 - 1953), Noble Steed5

Xu Beihong (1895 - 1953), Noble Steed6

Xu Beihong (1895 - 1953), Noble Steed7

Xu Beihong (1895 - 1953), Noble Steed8

Xu Beihong (1895 - 1953), Noble Steed9

Xu Beihong (1895 - 1953), Noble Steed10

Xu Beihong (1895 - 1953), Noble Steed11

Xu Beihong (1895 - 1953), Noble Steed12

Xu Beihong (1895 - 1953), Noble Steed. Hand Scroll, Ink on Paper. Dated 1935. Signed Beihong, with four artist seals; 144.7 × 17.7 in (367.5 × 45 cm)Estimate $150,000—$200,000Photo courtesy Gianguan Auction

Wu Guanzhong (1919 - 2010), Pine in the Wind1

Wu Guanzhong (1919 - 2010), Pine in the Wind2

Wu Guanzhong (1919 - 2010), Pine in the Wind3

Wu Guanzhong (1919 - 2010), Pine in the Wind. Hanging Scroll, Ink & Color on Paper. Signed Wu Guanzhong, with one artist seal;  27 × 26½ in (69 × 67 cm)Estimate $80,000—$150,000Photo courtesy Gianguan Auction

Qi Baishi (1864 - 1957), Longevity Peaches1

Qi Baishi (1864 - 1957), Longevity Peaches2

Qi Baishi (1864 - 1957), Longevity Peaches3

Qi Baishi (1864 - 1957), Longevity Peaches4

Qi Baishi (1864 - 1957), Longevity Peaches5

Qi Baishi (1864 - 1957), Longevity Peaches. Hanging Scroll, Ink & Color on Paper. Entitled, signed Baishi, with four artist seals;  54 × 13½ in (137.1 × 34.2 cm)Estimate $80,000—$100,000Photo courtesy Gianguan Auction

Within the reach of mid-level collectors are Xu Beihong’s 1944 work, Two Cats. Positioned at Lot 108, its catalog estimate $60,000—$80,000. Huang Yongyu’s 1983 work Owl is a triumph of caricature and humor. Lot 102 has a pre-sale estimate of $20,000 — $30,000. 

Xu Beihong (1895 - 1953), Two Cats1

Xu Beihong (1895 - 1953), Two Cats2

Xu Beihong (1895 - 1953), Two Cats3

Xu Beihong (1895 - 1953), Two Cats. Hanging Scroll, Ink & Color on Paper. Dated 1944. Signed Beihong, with one artist seal: 32¾ × 21¼ in (81.2 × 53.3 cm)Estimate $60,000—$80,000. Photo courtesy Gianguan Auction.

Huang Yongyu (b

Huang Yongyu (b

Huang Yongyu (b

Huang Yongyu (b.1924), Owl. Hanging Scroll, Ink & Color on Paper. Dated 1983. Signed Huang Yongyu, with two artist seals; 26.5 × 25.5 in (67.4 x 64.8 cm). Estimate $20,000 — $30,000. Photo courtesy Gianguan Auction.

For details on all lots highlighted here, the exceptional range of Chinese scroll paintings, Chinese porcelains, teapots and snuff bottles, please visit the Gianguan Auction online catalog, http://www.gianguanauctions.com.