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Fu Baoshi (1904-1965), Wandering Poet. Hanging scroll, ink and color on paper, inscribed, dated to 1943, and signed, with three seals of the artist. 20th Century 18 3/4 x 19 1/4 inches (47.6 x 48.9 cm). Provenance: Dedicated directly to Mrs. Shum Wai Yu in 1943, and thence by descent within the family. Estimate: $200,000/300,000

ALAMEDA, CA.- Fu Baoshi’s (1904-1965) paintbrush masterfully transforms a paper scroll into a candid snapshot of reflection in the ink and color work Wandering Poet, highlighting fine artworks in the December sale (lot 3197, $200,000-300,000). The poet/scholar is created in detailed, finely painted brush strokes as opposed to his surroundings, of wild and free strokes with areas of modulation. Baoshi’s hand whispers the Zen nature and refinement of the man, even while wandering the untamed natural environment. However, the subject remains in harmony with the forest setting, which is further conveyed by the subdued color scheme that both share. Baoshi finished the piece with three artist seals, one accompanied by a dedication to the consignor’s mother, Mrs. Shum Wai Yu. Also of note from the selections is Luo Pin’s ink and color depiction of Zhong Kui at $50,000-70,000 (lot 3183), a Zhang Daqian hanging scroll titled Zhuangzi Viewing Waterfalls estimated at $40,000-60,000 (lot 3195) and a Pu Ru scroll deemed Prunus and Bamboo at $5,000-7,000 (lot 3191). 

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Luo Pin (1733-1799), Zhong Kui the Demon Queller. Ink and color on paper, inscribed, dated and signed by the artist, with three seals, framed and glazed. Dated by Inscription to 1758 34 1/4 x 67 inches (87 x 170.2 cm). Estimated Price: $50,000 - $70,000.

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Zhang Daqian (1899-1983), Zhuangzi Viewing Waterfalls. Hanging scroll, ink and color on paper, inscribed, dated to the twelfth month of the year 1951, signed, and with three seals of the artist. 20th Century 26 1/2 x 11 13/16 inches (67.3 x 30 cm). Estimated Price: $40,000 - $60,000.

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Pu Ru (1896-1963), Magpie, Prunus and Bamboo. Hanging scroll, ink and color on paper, inscribed and signed 'Xinyu', with two seals of the artist. 20th Century; 50 x 13 inches (127 x 33 cm). Estimated Price: $5,000 - $7,000.

Private collection jades seem sure to enchant the most discriminating of collectors, providing an exceptional assortment of carvings at sale. The private estate offerings include a white jade brush pot of auspicious imagery of the Qianlong period (lot 3068, $200,000-300,000), a substantial table screen (lot 3067, $100,000-150,000), a mythical horse of white jade (lot 3065, $30,000-50,000), an unusual pair of ovoid lanterns with carnelian insets (lot 3063, $30,000-50,000), a lion mask motif tripod censer (lot 3066, $10,000-15,000) and a lavender jadeite vase of floral motifs carved in high relief (lot 3061, $6,000-8,000). From yet another private collection are pleasing snuff bottle examples in a mutton fat white jade piece of the 19th century (lot 3002, $4,000-6,000), a russet jade pebble rendition (lot 3005, $3,000-5,000) and a yellow jadeite melon form vessel (lot 3006, $3,000-5,000).

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A Fine White Jade Brush Pot, Qianlong Period. Diameter: 4 15/16 inches (12.5 cm). Estimate: $200,000/300,000

Raised on four bracket supports, the sides well carved in relief with a continuous landscape depicting three immortals carrying a fan, a staff, and a ruyi scepter, the reverse with a pair of deer on a ledge beneath an overhanging cliff, the translucent stone of even white tone. [Various chips, losses to one foot]

Provenance: Private East Coast Estate Collection, acquired in China during the Republic Period (1911-1949). 

Compare with the white jade brush pot of similar size (5 1/8 inches high) raised on five bracket supports and carved with a continuous landscape scene with sages and attendants in the Palace Museum, Beijing, and illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - 42 - Jadeware (II), Hong Kong, 1995, pp. 204-5, no. 167. Also see the similarly carved white jade brush pot raised on five supports, decorated with a continuous landscape with sages and attendants holding tributes, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 30 November 2011, lot 2970.

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A Fine Jade Table-Screen, Qianlong Period; 6 5/16 x 8 inches (16 x 20.3 cm) of plaque. Estimated Price: $100,000 - $150,000.

The thick plaque carved in high relief to one side with an immortal along with his attendant standing on a rocky path overlooking a serene waterfall, another individual is seated in an open pavilion, the landscape with pine tree branches sprouting from the surrounding rock faces, the reverse depicting the 'three friends of winter' including pine, prunus and bamboo along with garden rocks, the semi-translucent stone of pale celadon hue with some opaque white and speckled black inclusions and added russet coloring. [Chips]

Provenance: Private East Coast Estate Collection, acquired in China during the Republic Period (1911-1949). 

 

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A White Jade Mythical Horse, 18th-19th Century. Length: 11 5/8 inches (29.5 cm). Estimate: $30,000/50,000

The recumbent animal with a bundle of three scrolls strapped onto its back, its head turned sharply over its shoulder, finely detailed with bulging eyes, pointed ears and a striated mane, all on a bed of swirling, turbulent waves, with a fitted wood stand. [Minor wear]

Provenance: Private East Coast Estate Collection, acquired in China during the Republic Period (1911-1949).

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An Unusual Pair of Jade Lanterns and Stands, Republic Period. Height: 14 3/8 inches (36.5 cm) each. Estimated Price: $30,000 - $50,000.

The ovoid lanterns with incised decorations of a continuos garden scene featuring children at play under the supervision of female attendants, below a band of the Eight Buddhist Emblems executed in alternating carnelian insets and incised decoration, the cylindrical column with pierced spinach jade stylized dragon flanges, all on a tiered base with shaped feet. [One lantern lacking flange, small chips, minor restorations]

Provenance: Private East Coast Estate Collection, acquired in China during the Republic Period (1911-1949)

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A Jade Tripod Censer and Cover, 19th Century. Height: 7 7/8 inches (20 cm) approximately. Estimated Price: $10,000 - $15,000.

The compressed globular body rising from three lion-mask and paw supports to a waisted neck with everted rim, flanked by a pair of curved upright handles, the exterior carved with stylized taotie masks on a leiwen ground, all between bird form lappets, the rim with a key fret border, the domed cover surmounted by a pierced dragon finial, the stone of a grayish celadon tone with beige-brown inclusions, with a fitted wood stand. [Small chips]

Provenance: Private East Coast Estate Collection, acquired in China during the Republic Period (1911-1949)

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A Lavender Jadeite Vase and Cover, Republic Period. Height: 9 1/8 inches (23.2 cm). Estimated Price: $6,000 - $8,000.

Of barrel form depicting emerging peony branches in bloom and various birds including cranes and pheasants supported on a faceted rock base with another peony blossom forming the finial on the cover, the brightly polished matrix mottled with shades of lavender gray predominating, a few patches of emerald green and russet inclusions, with a fitted wood stand. [Small chips throughout] 

Provenance: Private East Coast Estate Collection, acquired in China during the Republic Period (1911-1949).

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A Mutton-Fat White Jade Snuff Bottle, 19th Century. Height: 2 1/2 inches (6.4 cm). Estimated Price: $4,000 - $6,000

Of flattened rounded rectangular form raised on a shallow concave foot, well hollowed from translucent mutton-fat white stone. [Small chip to the mouth] 

Provenance: Private North Bay Collection, since 1970.

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A Russet Jade Snuff Bottle, 19th Century. Height: 2 3/4 inches (7 cm). Estimated Price: $3,000 - $5,000

The well-hollowed bottle is of elongated pebble form with one flattened side, the stone is of a pale celadon tone with patches of russet inclusions throughout, with a green jadeite stopper.

Provenance: Old Towne Antiques, Folsom, California, November 17, 1977. Private North Bay Collection.

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A Yellow Jadeite Snuff Bottle, 19th Century. Height: 2 3/8 inches (6 cm). Estimated Price: $3,000 - $5,000

Carved as a melon borne on a sinuous leafy vine with one smaller melon, the stone of even caramel-yellow tone with some dark russet mottling, with a red coral branch-form stopper.  [Chips]

Provenance: Private North Bay Collection, since 1976.

Fine porcelains will also be sold at a range of price points. Auction spotlights include a set of four famille rose porcelain plaques from the Studio of Wang Qi at $100,000-120,000 (lot 3169), a large famille rose vase of natural subject matters estimated at $5,000-7,000 (lot 3157) and a vase of a striking and finely painted peacock by Cheng Yunnong at $3,000-5,000 (lot 3160). 

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Studio of Wang Qi (1884-1937), A Set of Four Famille Rose Porcelain Plaques. 38 1/4 x 14 inches (97.1 x 35.6 cm) each including frame. Estimate: $100,000/120,000

The first is painted with Zhong Kui, the Demon Queller, presenting his sister for marriage accompanied by his demonic attendants; the second depicting the Arhat Ajita sitting upon a cliff ledge with a gibbon dangling off his long eyebrow above crashing waves; the third showing a beauty gazing at her refection as a tiger within a rectangular standing mirror, the interior setting decorated with various antiques and cut chrysanthemums below an ovoid window; the fourth depicting a bearded man with his arms in an embracing gesture toward a crane flying above, shown standing next to another redheaded crane and a boy attendant holding a gnarled staff with a double gourd; all four plaques bearing an inscription dated to 1933, and with two seals of the artist, each framed. [Cracks, chips, repairs to the enamel, not examined out of the frame]

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A Large Famille Rose Vase, Late 19th-Early 20th Century. Height: 16 3/4 inches (42.5 cm). Estimated Price: $5,000 - $7,000.

Painted with two roundels of magpies and prunus, surrounded by flower scrolls reserved on a yellow ground, all between decorative borders, with a pair of elephant head handles flanking the neck, the base with an apocryphal Qianlong mark, with matching wood stand. [Overall wear, a chip to one handle]

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A Famille Rose Vase by Cheng Yunnong (Active 1940s). Height: 8 13/16 inches (22.4 cm). Estimated Price: $3,000 - $5,000.

The cylindrical vase with a short flaring neck is meticulously painted with a majestic peacock perched on a garden rock issuing blossoming peony and magnolia, the reverse is inscribed with a five-verse poem and signed 'Cheng Yunnong', and with one artist seal, another artist seal centering the recessed base.

Provenance: Berkeley Private Collection.

A trio of lots of refined furnishings crafted in huanghuali wood will also offer rarities in décor. A square kang table circa the 17th/18th century is estimated at $40,000-60,000 (lot 3124). From the Naomi Lindstrom Collection is a suite of four side chairs made of the coveted material at $30,000-50,000 (lot 3123). Lastly, is a classic horseshoe back armchair of the 20th century, projected at $15,000-20,000 (lot 3126). 

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A Huanghuali Square Kang Table, 17th-18th Century, 11 7/8 x 29 x 29 inches (30.3 x 73.6 x 73.6 cm). Estimated Price: $40,000 - $60,000

The square top is set above a bracket-shaped apron, carved with confronted dragons and supported on cabriole legs of square section ending in scroll toes. [Overall wear, abrasions]

Provenance: Acquired in Hawaii in the 1980s. Ex. Edward E. Sox Collection, Hawaii.

Literature: Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, Chinese Hardwood Furniture in Hawaiian Collections, no. 6, p. 32, p 42.

Exhibited: Honolulu Academy of Arts, Chinese Hardwood Furniture in Hawaiian Collections, January 16 to February 14, 1982

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A Set of Four Huanghuali Side Chairs, 18th-19th Century; 40 1/2 x 19 1/2 x 16 inches (103 x 49.5 x 40.6 cm) each approximately. Estimated Price: $30,000 - $50,000

Each chair with a stepped top-rail fitting flush with the round-section side posts to either side of a gently curving rectangular back splat, the cane seats set within rectangular frames above shaped and beaded aprons, all supported upon square-section legs joined by four stretchers. [Chips, small losses, overall wear including abrasions] 

Provenance: The Naomi Lindstrom Collection, mostly acquired during 1950-1970.

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A Huanghuali Horseshoe-Back Armchair, 20th Century: 40 1/2 x 28 1/4 x 23 (102.8 x 71.7 x 58.4 cm). Estimate: $15,000 / 20,000.

With rounded crest rail set on straight back posts centered by a rectangular S-form splat, the side posts and recessed front posts curved and below scrolled hand-grips, the hardwood seat within a mitered frame, the four cylindrical legs secured by plain-shaped aprons and four stretchers of ascending height. [Minor wear]

Additionally, exciting and remarkable textiles and works of art made from precious metals will present additional categories of excellence in the approximate two hundred lot sale.

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A Ningxia Pillar Rug, Late 19th-Early 20th Century; 82 x 37 3/4 inches (208.3 x 96 cm) approximately. Estimate: $5,000/7,000.

Depicting a yellow dragon against a beige ground, flying amidst auspicious Buddhist emblems and swirling clouds in dark blue, green and cream, between an inscription in Manchu at the top and a striped figural border along the bottom edge. [Losses, fading, soiling, slight staining, possible repair]

Provenance: The Naomi Lindstrom Collection, mostly acquired during 1950-1970.