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Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

Christie's New York

2 P.M., September 13, 2012 Lots 1001-1217

Sale 2580

Jade Champion

Lot 1032, Finely carved pale greenish-white jade 'Champion Vase' and cover, Qianlong Period, 1736-1795, 8 1/4 inches high

By Carter B. Horsley

The September  13, 2012 auction at Sotheby's New York of Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art is highlighted by a fabulous Qianlong Period jade "Champion Vase," a tall Qing Period Archaistic jade rhyton,  a green jade Qianlong Period brush pot,a rare Junyao hexagonal flower pot.

Lot 1032 is a fabulously carved pale greenish-white jade "Champion Vase" and cover from the Qianlong Period, 1736-1795. The vessel joins two cylinders with a phoenix standing on the head of a winged mythical beast.  The catalogue said that the object may also have been a "nuptial" cup.  It is 8 1/4 inches high.  There are similar objects in white jade at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Palace Museum in Beijing.  The lot has a modest estimate of $50,000 to $70,000.  It sold for $458,500 including the buyer's premium as do all results mentioned in this article.

Peering doggie

Lot 1088, tall pale greenish-white jade Archaistic rhyton, Qing Dynasty, 1644-1911), 8 1/8 inches high

Lot 1088 is an exquisite pale greenish-white jade Archaistic rhyton from the Qing Dynasty, 1644-1911.  It is 8 1/8 inches high.  The catalogue notes that "an inquisitive chilong climbs to the rim where it peers over the edge.  The work was in the collection of Habib Sabet.  It has an estimate of $70,000 to $100,000.  It sold for $170,500.

Face

Lot 1002, rare yellowish-jade finial/insignia, Late Neolithic Period/Early Bronze Age, circa 2000-1700 B.C., 2 3/4 inches long

The most wondrous and marvelous work in the auction is Lot 1002, a rare yellowish-jade finial/insignia from the Late Neolithic Period/Early Bronze Age,circa 2000-1700 B.C.  It is 2 3/4 inches long.  It is property of a private foundation and previously was in the Arthur M. Sackler Collection in New York and with J. T. Tai & Co., Inc., in New York.  It has a modest estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.  It sold for $50,000.

Jade deer

Lot 1031, Embellished greenish-white jade deer group, 18th Century, 3 3/4 inches long

Lot 1031 is an exquisite greenish-white jade object of a recumbent stag and does side by side with the stag grasping a leafy stem of lingzhi inlaid with rubies in its jaw and the doe grasping a green jade leafy stem.  Their eyes are inset with lapis lazuli and there is a lapis lazuli bat applied to one side.  The underside is concave.  The piece was belongerd to Heber Reginald Bishop (1840-1902).  It is 3 3/4 inches long.  It has a modest estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.  It sold for $110,500.


Green jade



Lot 1035, brush pot, green jade, Qianlong Period, 1736-1795, 6 7/8 inches high

Lot 1035 is a "superb" green jade brush pot, bitong, from the Qianlong Period, 1736-1795).  It is 6 7/8 inches high and is the cover illustration of the catalogue.  It has an estimate of $600,000 to $800,000.  It sold for $482,500.


two views of a snuff bottle

Lot 1158, two views of a famille rose molded porcelain snuff bottle, Imperial, Jingdezhen Kilns, Jiaqing four-character seal mark in iron red and of the period , 1796-1820, 2 1/2 inches high

Lot 1148 is a very fine famille rose molded porcelain snuff bottle from the Imperial Jingdezhen Kilns with a Jiaqing four-character seal mark  in iron red and of the period, 1796-1820.  It is 2 1/2 inches high.  It depiucts a group of foreigners on a ship approaching a shore where another group awaits  them.  It has an estimate of $6,000 to $8,000.  It sold for $10,625.

Pomegranate vase

Lot 1183, celadon-glazed  pomegranite vase, Qianlong seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period, 1736-1975, 4 1/8 inches high

Lot 1183 is a nice celadon-glazed base in the form of a pomegranite with a Qianlong seal mark and of the period, 1736-1975.  It ius 4 1/8 inches high.  It has an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.  It sold for $146,500.

Blue sharp

Lot 1165, Junyao hexagonal flower pot, Yuan/Early Ming Dynasty, 14th-15th Century, 8 7/8 inches high

Lot 1165 is a very rare Junyao hexagonal flower pot from the Yuan/Early Ming Dynasty, 14th-15th Century.  The base has six drainage holes.  The work is inscribed with the number 8. One in the Percival David Foundation is numberd 10.  This work  is 8 7/8 inches high and has an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.  It sold for $50,000.

See The City Review article on the Part II auction of the Fall 2012 auction at Christie's New York of Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

See The City Review article on the Fall 2012 auction at Sotheby's New York of Chinese Classical Paintings

See The City Review article on the Fall 2012 auction at Sotheby's New York of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art


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