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This Chinese late Qing Dynasty carved jadeite cabbage vase, not quite 7 inches tall, sold for $59,520 at Elite Decorative Arts' April 11th auction in Florida. Photo courtesy Elite Decorative Arts.

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – An impressive and striking Chinese late Qing Dynasty-period carved multi-color jadeite figural cabbage vase, 6 ¾ inches tall and perched on a reticulated fitted wooden base, sold for $59,520 at a Fine Decorative Arts & Estate Jewelry Auction held April 11th by Elite Decorative Arts, in the firm’s new gallery at 1010 Gateway Boulevard.

The vase was the top lot in an auction that saw 422 lots come up for bid and grossed $325,000. Chinese jade and Tiffany jewelry pieces were the undisputed stars of the sale, with the top 13 jade lots accounting for over $175,000 of the gross. A standing room-only crowd of about 150 people packed the gallery. Online bids poured in via LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com.

From 2000-2010 jade prices increased tenfold,” said Scott Cieckiewicz of Elite Decorative Arts. “Although the market is beginning to stabilize, there is still very high demand. There are several factors taken into consideration when placing a value on jade items – color, translucency, clarity, texture, cut, size and weight. These fine jade carvings sold for prices that reflected their quality.”

The cabbage vase was wonderfully carved, to depict cabbage with horse radish, pumpkins, vines with leaves, a grasshopper, worms, a butterfly and a fly. Color-wise it was visually arresting, with lovely natural mottled white, gem quality apple green, spinach and russet tones throughout. The base measured two inches high. The vase last sold at Sotheby’s in New York, in the 1970s.

Impressive Chinese late Qing Dynasty period carved multicolor jadeite figural cabbage vase

Impressive Chinese late Qing Dynasty period carved multicolor jadeite figural cabbage vaseEstimate $2,000 – $3,000. Sold for $59,520Photo courtesy Elite Decorative Arts.

The top-selling Tiffany jewelry lot was a dazzling 18kt white gold 32-carat aquamarine and diamond ring, set with numerous additional round cut diamonds. It slipped onto a new finger for $8,773. Runner-up was a Schlumberger Tiffany & Co. 18kt yellow gold floral brooch pendant featuring round-cut sapphires, seven round cut emeralds and a round cabochon emerald ($8,470). 

Impressive Tiffany & Company 18k white gold 32

Impressive Tiffany & Company 18k white gold 32.00ct aquamarine and diamond ring also set with numerous round cut diamondsEstimate $7,000 – $8,000. Sold for $8,773Photo courtesy Elite Decorative Arts.

Schlumberger Tiffany & Company 18K yellow gold floral brooch pendant featuring round cut attractive light blue sapphires accented with 7 round cut emeralds and topped with a round cabochon emerald

Schlumberger Tiffany & Company 18K yellow gold floral brooch pendant featuring round cut attractive light blue sapphires accented with 7 round cut emeralds and topped with a round cabochon emerald. Estimate $10,000 – $12,000. Sold for $8,470. Photo courtesy Elite Decorative Arts.

The second top lot of the sale was a large Chinese early Qing Dynasty white He Tian jade figural floral vase, with beautiful even white tone throughout, 9 ¼ inches tall and on a wooden base ($31,000). In third place was a Chinese Qing Dynasty white He Tian covered vessel, having a figural lotus blossom and cranes design, white with russet suffusions, 4 ¾ inches tall ($21,700). 

A large and impressive Chinese early Qing Dynasty Period white He Tian jade figural floral vase

A large and impressive Chinese early Qing Dynasty Period white He Tian jade figural floral vase (back)

A large and impressive Chinese early Qing Dynasty Period white He Tian jade figural floral vaseEstimate $10,000 – $15,000. Sold for $31,000Photo courtesy Elite Decorative Arts.

Antique Chinese Qing Dynasty period white He Tian jade having a figural lotus blossom and cranes design

Antique Chinese Qing Dynasty period white He Tian jade having a figural lotus blossom and cranes designEstimate $1,500 – $2,500. Sold for $21,700.  Photo courtesy Elite Decorative Arts.

Antique Chinese teapots are a big hit with collectors. A stunning early Qing Dynasty teapot with a high relief design showing trees and rock formations, even white tone in color and 4 ¾ inches tall on a fitted wooden base, soared to $15,730. Also, a Qing Dynasty green jadeite figural lotus blossoms and lily pad teapot with figural ducks finial to the cover, 5 ½ inches tall, made $9,300. 

A stunning antique Chinese early Qing dynasty period teapot

A stunning antique Chinese early Qing dynasty period teapot having high relief design with trees and rock formationsEstimate $1,500 – $2,500. Sold for $15,730Photo courtesy Elite Decorative Arts.

Antique Chinese Qing Dynasty period green jadeite figural lotus blossom and lily pad teapot

Antique Chinese Qing Dynasty period green jadeite figural lotus blossom and lily pad teapotEstimate $1,200 – $1,800. Sold for $9,300Photo courtesy Elite Decorative Arts.

Chinese vases also did well. A Qing Dynasty carved white He Tian jade figural vase depicting a phoenix with pine tree and flowering branches, 7 inches tall, even white in tone and on a carved wood base, rose to $8,773; and a Qing Dynasty Gu form vase with ribbed design, etched archaic leaves and Chih Lung dragons with key meander patterns, 9 ¾ inches tall, topped out at $5,203. 

Antique Chinese Qing period carved white He Tian jade figural vase depicting Phoenix bird with pine tree and flowering branches

Antique Chinese Qing period carved white He Tian jade figural vase  depicting Phoenix bird with pine tree and flowering branchesEstimate $2,000 – $3,000. Sold for $8,773Photo courtesy Elite Decorative Arts.

Antique early Qing Dynasty period Gu form vase with ribbed design

Antique early Qing Dynasty period Gu form vase with ribbed designEstimate $3,000 – $5,000. Sold for $5,203Photo courtesy Elite Decorative Arts.

An exquisitely carved Chinese early Qing Dynasty fully reticulated oval plaque, depicting foo lions with lotus blossoms, 3 inches by 2 ½ inches, fetched $7,440; and a Chinese early Qing Dynasty hand-carved white He Tian jade figural Ruyi scepter garment hook with raised figural Chih Lung dragons design and a carved Yin-Yang symbol to verso, 5 ½ inches long, hit $7,130. 

Exquisitely carved Chinese early Qing dynasty period fully reticulated oval plaque depicting foo lion with lotus blossoms

Exquisitely carved Chinese early Qing dynasty period fully reticulated oval plaque depicting foo lion with lotus blossomsEstimate $700 – $1,000. Sold for $7,440Photo courtesy Elite Decorative Arts.

Antique early Qing Dynasty Period Chinese hand carved white He Tian jade figural Ruyi scepter garment hook having raised and reticulated figural Chih Lung dragons design

Antique early Qing Dynasty Period Chinese hand carved white He Tian jade figural Ruyi scepter garment hook having raised and reticulated figural Chih Lung dragons designEstimate $1,000 – $1,500. Sold for $7,130Photo courtesy Elite Decorative Arts.

Returning to jewelry, a stunning and heavy Nicholas Varney 18kt yellow gold bangle bracelet having a tree branch design, marked “N. Varney 18kt” to the underside of the double-catch clasp and measuring 3 ¼ inches wide by 2 ¾ inches long, weighing about 66.9dwt, gaveled for $7,750. 

A stunning and heavy Nicholas Varney 18k yellow gold bangle bracelet having a tree branch design

A stunning and heavy Nicholas Varney 18k yellow gold bangle bracelet having a tree branch designEstimate $8,000 – $9,000. Sold for $7,750Photo courtesy Elite Decorative Arts.