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 Lot 78242. A Chinese Imperial Cloisonné Enamel and Cabochon-Mounted Gilt Bronze Elephant Censer, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period (1736-1795); 17-1/2 x 15-1/2 x 12-1/2 inches (44.5 x 39.4 x 31.8 cm). Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000

 

DALLAS, TX.- An enamel and gilt bronze censer from the Qing Dynasty is expected to vie for top-lot honors in Heritage Auctions’ Fine & Decorative Asian Art Auction Sept. 9-10 in New York. The sale includes numerous lots from private American collections.

This is a good auction with a wide variety of privately sourced materials from many periods in Chinese history,” Heritage Auctions Asian Art Director Richard Cervantes said. “The range of artwork here represented will capture the interest and satisfy collectors of Asian Art in virtually every category.”

A Chinese Imperial Cloisonné Enamel and Cabochon-Mounted Gilt Bronze Elephant Censer, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period (estimate: $50,000-70,000) comes from a prominent Southern California family of discerning art collectors. The family has owned it for roughly half a century, since acquiring it during the 1960s. Of note are the elephant-form legs and the large elephant finial on the cover, a motif that exemplifies the imperial style of the 18th century.

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Lot 78242. A Chinese Imperial Cloisonné Enamel and Cabochon-Mounted Gilt Bronze Elephant CenserQing Dynasty, Qianlong Period (1736-1795); 17-1/2 x 15-1/2 x 12-1/2 inches (44.5 x 39.4 x 31.8 cm). Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000

A Large Chinese Gilt Lacquered Bronze Figure of Guanyin, late Ming Dynasty (estimate: $40,000-60,000) is an excellent example of such figures the period. The lacquer is exceptionally well-preserved, and the sheer size of the figure – it stands 21 inches tall – gives it exceptional presence, towering over similar figures often cast to a smaller scale. 

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Lot 78228. A Large Chinese Gilt Lacquered Bronze Figure of Guanyin, late Ming Dynasty; 21 x 13-1/4 x 10 inches (53.3 x 33.7 x 25.4 cm). Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000.

A Chinese Jun Ware Jar, Yuan Dynasty (estimate: $25,000-45,000) is an example of the Jun stoneware from the late Chinese middle ages that was prized for its robin blue color and royal purple splashes caused by glaze transmutation. Jun ware was difficult to fire and most that has been found has been small bowls and plates. Jun ware of this size was exceedingly rare.

A Chinese Jun Ware Jar, Yuan Dynasty

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Lot 78142. A Chinese Jun Ware Jar, Yuan Dynasty; 9-1/2 x 11-1/2 x 11-1/2 inches (24.1 x 29.2 x 29.2 cm). Estimate: $25,000 - $45,000.

An Imperial Chinese Carved Three-Color Lacquer Nine Dragons Box and Cover, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period (estimate: $20,000-40,000) is the type of box that was used to present gifts of significant value or importance in the Chinese Imperial court. Such gift boxes are now appreciated as much as the gifts they contained, and with good reason, as the workmanship that went into creating such boxes was extraordinary. The lacquer was carefully applied in thin layers. Several base layers were applied and then other layer of a different color would be added, followed by more lacquer, in a process that could be repeated multiple times. Once the desired number of layers of color and lacquer were applied, ornate designs were carved into the box, ultimately revealing intricate multi-color artwork, depending on the depth of the carving. In this case, the spaces carved into the red surface reveal brown and grey/black layers underneath.

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Lot 78249. An Imperial Chinese Carved Three-Color Lacquer Nine Dragons Box and Cover, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period (1736-195). Marks: Incised and gilt six-character Qianlong mark and of the period; Jiulong Baohe mark to interior; 8-1/2 x 11-3/8 inches (21.6 x 28.9 cm). Estimate: $20,000 - $40,000.

A Fine Mughal-Inspired Chinese Carved Celadon Jade Ewer, late Ming Dynasty (estimate: $15,000-20,000) is made in the style of the royal court of Northern India’s Mughal Empire. The Chinese imperial court and other elites in Chinese society favored decorative arts in the Islamic style. The artists who made this ewer painstakingly carved it from a solid piece of jade, forming the slender walls in an ornate pattern emblematic of the Mughal style but also incorporating repeating “Shou” characters bestowing a wish for long life.

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Lot 78069. A Fine Mughal-Inspired Chinese Carved Celadon Jade Ewer, late Ming Dynasty; 9 x 9-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches (22.9 x 24.1 x 8.9 cm) (including cover). Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000.

The 433-lot sale also includes a selection of 68 snuff bottles made from many of the diverse materials Chinese artists traditionally use, including jade, hard stone, amber, glass, porcelain, etc. Among the top snuff bottles in the sale: 

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Lot: 78038. A Fine Chinese Silhouette Carved Chalcedony Snuff Bottle, 19th century; 2-1/2 inches (6.4 cm). Estimate: $3,000-5,000.

Provenance: Ashkenazie & Co., San Francisco.

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Lot: 78040. A Fine Chinese Silhouette Carved Chalcedony Monkeys Snuff Bottle, Qing Dynasty; 3-3/8 x 2-1/8 x 3/4 inches (8.6 x 5.4 x 1.9 cm). Estimate: $3,000-5,000.

Provenance: Ashkenazie & Co., San Francisco.

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Lot: 78061. A Chinese White Jade Melon-Form Snuff Bottle with Carved Hardwood Stand, Qing Dynasty; 2-1/2 x 1-1/2 x 1-1/4 inches (6.4 x 3.8 x 3.2 cm) (excluding stand). Estimate: $3,000-4,000.

ProvenanceThe Julia Shackelford Hunter Collection of Snuff Bottles, 1948-1949
Christie's, London, Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art, and Textiles, November 13, 2015, lot 1111.

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Lot: 78039. A Fine Chinese Carved Agate Silhouette Snuff Bottle, Qing Dynasty; 3-1/4 x 2-1/8 x 3/4 inches (8.3 x 5.4 x 1.9 cm). Estimate: $2,500-3,500.

ProvenanceAshkenazie & Co., San Francisco. 

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Lot: 78020. A Chinese Inside-Painted Rock Crystal Snuff Bottle Attributed to Zhou Leyuan, early 20th century; 2-5/8 x 1-5/8 x 1-3/8 inches (6.7 x 4.1 x 3.5 cm). Estimate: $2,500-3,500.

Other top lots include, but are not limited to:

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Lot: 78244. A Monumental Pair of Chinese Cloisonné Enamel and Gilt Metal Attendants, late Qing Dynasty; 48 x 20 x 20 inches (121.9 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm) (each). Estimate: $25,000-35,000.

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Lot: 78348. A Rare and Monumental Japanese Carved Wooden Figure of a Seated Shinto Priest, Kamakura Period; 72 x 52 x 31 inches (182.9 x 132.1 x 78.7 cm) (overall). Estimate: $20,000-25,000.

The seated priest is carved of joined wood, displayed on a contemporary black painted wood platform.

ProvenanceChinese Porcelain Company, New York.

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Lot: 78314. A Tibetan Painted Silk Lama Thangka, 18th century; 39-1/2 x 23-1/2 inches (100.3 x 59.7 cm). Estimate: $15,000-25,000.

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Lot: 78095. A Pair of Chinese Carved White Jade and Partial Gilt Carved Hardwood Table Screens, late 19th-early 20th century. 12 x 8-3/4 x 5 inches (30.5 x 22.2 x 12.7 cm). Estimate: $15,000-25,000.

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Lot: 78180. A Fine Chinese Famille Rose Enameled Twin-Handled Porcelain Vase, Qing Dynasty, Daoguang Period; 12-1/4 x 7-3/4 x 6-1/2 inches (31.1 x 19.7 x 16.5 cm). Estimate: $15,000-20,000.

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Lot: 78243. A Rare Pair of Chinese Cloisonné Enamel and Gilt Bronze Scroll Containers in Fitted Hardwood Case, Qing Dynasty, 18th century; 2-3/8 x 7-1/2 x 2-3/8 inches (6.0 x 19.1 x 6.0 cm) (each). Estimate: $10,000-15,000.

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Lot: 78186. A Chinese Café-au-Lait Porcelain Vase, Six-character Qianlong seal in underglaze blue; 6-1/2 x 4 inches (16.5 x 10.2 cm). Estimate: $10,000 - $20,000.

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Lot: 78160. A Fine Chinese Incised Yellow Ground Porcelain Bowl, Qing Dynasty, Six-character Kangxi mark in blue underglaze and possibly of the period; 3 x 5-1/4 x 5-1/4 inches (7.6 x 13.3 x 13.3 cm). Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000.

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Lot: 78167. A Chinese Doucai Enameled Porcelain Meiping VaseQing Dynasty, Yongzheng Period, Apocryphal Six-character Wanli mark in underglaze blue and of a later period; 15-1/4 x 7-1/2 inches (38.6 x 19.1 cm). Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000.

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Lot: 78268. A Chinese Peking Glass Ribbed Bottle Vase, Four-character Qianlong mark incised; 7-7/8 x 4 inches (20.0 x 10.2 cm). Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000.

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Lot: 78321An Imperial Japanese Maki-e Lacquered Wedding Chest with Bronze and Silver Inlays and Bronze Hardware, Edo Period, 19th century; 13-1/2 x 25-1/4 x 18 inches (34.3 x 64.1 x 45.7 cm). Barbara Woolworth Hutton Collection. Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000

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Lot 78168. A Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Dish, Qing Dynasty, Six-character Yongzheng mark in underglaze blue; 1-5/8 x 7-3/4 inches (4.1 x 19.7 cm). Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000.

PROVENANCE: Christie's, New York, Sale 2872, Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, September, 18-19, 2014, Lot 938.