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Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art

Christie's New York

Part 1

2 P.M., September 19, 2013 Lots 1231-1437

10 AM, September 20, 2013, Lots 1438-1594

Part II

2 P.M., September 20, 2013, Lots 1595-1774

Sale 2726A

Red dragon vase

Lot 1391, large Famille Rose turquoise-ground bottle vase, tianqiuping, Qianalong seal mark in iron red and of the period, (1736-1795), 20 inches high

By Carter B. Horsley


The September 19-20, 2013 auction of Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art was 87 percent sold with 455 lots selling for $28,251,500.

"Outstanding results were achieve...for a rich diversity of Chinese works of Art," declared Michael Bass, head of Christie's department of Chinese Works of Art, after the sale.

Lot 1391 is a 20-inch-high Famille Rose turquoise-ground bottle vase, tianqiuping, with a Qianlong seal mark in iron red of the period (1736-1795). It was once in the collection of George H. Taber Jr., (1859-1940), a noted collector.  The lot has an estimate of $600,000 to $800,000.  It sold for $1,683,750.


Gilt bear

Lot 1499, inlay-embellished gilt-bronze bear-form support, Han Dynasty, 206 B.C.-A. D. 220), 3 1/8 inches high

The most charming and one of the most beautiful works in the auction is Lot 1499, a rare inlay-embellished gilt-bronze bear-form support from the Han Dynasty, 206 B.C.-A.D. 220.  It is 3 1/8 inches high and was once with Eskenazi in London and the Reach Family Collection. A pair of fittings of this type is illustrated in 'Chinese Treasures from the Avery Brundage Collection' that was published in 1968 by The Asia Society in New York.  The lot has an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000. It sold for $37,500.

Colored court lady

Lot 1256, painted and blue amber and green glaze pottery fiure of a court lady, Tang Dynasty, AD 618-907, 19 3/8 inches high

Lot 1256 is a rare and large painted court lady pottery igure from the Tang Dunasty, AD 618-907.  It is 19 3/8 inches high.  The catalogue notes the figure is in "a swaying pose" and that the combination of blue amber and green glazes is "very unusual." It also notes that "the reign of Emperor Ming Huang seems to have heralded the growing ppularity of a more generous female form and the adoption of less structured, flowing robes, adding that it might have been influenced by the Emperor's concubine, Yang Guifei, "who was reported to have had a rather voluptuous figure" but was executed by troops as she and the Emperor fled to Sichuan and the Emperor's grief was "immortalized in one of China's best-known literary works, The Song of Eternal Regret."
The lot has an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000.  It sold for $135,750.

Painted red court lady    

Lot 1506, Painted red pottery figure of a court lady, Tang Dynasty, AD 618-907, 17 7/8 inches high

Lot 1506 is a painted red pottery figure of a corut lady from the Tang Dynasty, AD 618-907.  It is 17 7/8 inches  high and she has a finger extended "where a bird might have once perched."  The lot was once with H. Packard in Tokyo and Eskenazi in London and the Reach Family Collection.  It has an estimate of $15,000 to $18,000.  It sold for $18,750.

Painted red pottery court lady

Lot 1255, painted red pottery figure of a court lady, Tang Dynasty, AD 618-907, 21 7/8 inches high

Lot 1255 is another painted pottery figure of a court lady from the Tang Dynasty, AD 618-907.  It is 21 7/8 inches high.  The catalogue entry notes that "this elegant figure exemplifies the court ladies that beame fashionable in the second half of the Tang dynasty, and  represents the ideal female of the time.  It has an estimate of $80,000 to $120,000. It sold for $87,500.

A pair of court ladies]

Lot 1267,  a pair of painted red pottery court ladies, Tang Dynasty, AD 618-907,13 3/8 inches high

Lot 1267 is a pair of painted red potttery court ladies from the Tang Dynasty, AD 618-907.  They are 13 3/8 inches high.  The catalogue notes that they have "delicate features beneath an elaborate helmet-like coiffure" with their head tilted.  The lot has an estiamte of $15,000 to $20,000. It sold for $15,000.

Bronze drum

Lot 1457, bronze drum, Chunyu, Late Warring States Period, 4th-3rd Century B.C., 21 1/4 inches high

Lot 1457 is a rare and good bronze drum, chunyu, from the Late Warring  States Period,4th-3rd Century B.C.  It is 21 1/4 inches high.  The tophas a hollow-cast tiger and three pictographs of a ship, a fish and a human head.  It is similar to one illustrated in Chinese Bronzes from the Collection of Chester Dale and Dolly Carter in 1978.  It has an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.  It sold for $117,750.

Early bronze blades

Lot 1439, two early bronze blades, Late Shang/Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 12th-11th Century B.C., 6 and 8 1/4 inches long

Lot 1439 consists of two early bronze blades from the Late Shang/Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 12th-11th Century B.C.  They are 6 and 8 1/4 inches long and the shorter one is made to look like a simplified face and is one of the most desirable lots in the auction.  It has a modest estimate of $6,000 to $8,000.  It sold for $17,500.

Pewter pots

Lot 1412, Three pewter-encased Yixing teapots and covers, two signed Fan Luzeng from the Daoguang Period (1821-1850), the other Shi Baofeng, same period, 4 inches high

Lot 1412 consists of three, 4-inch-high pewter-encased Yixing teapots and covers  Two are signed Fan Luzeng and the other Shi Baofeng and date to the Daoguang Period (1821-1850).  The lot has an estimate of $8,000 to $12,000.  It sold  for $18,750.

Garment hook

Lor 1498, gold and turquoise inlaid bronze garment hook, Late Warring States Period, 4th-3rd Century B.C., 8 inches long

Lot 1498 is an impressive gold turquoise inlaid bronze garment hook from the LateWarring States (Period, 4th-3rd Century B.C.)  It is 8 inches long.  It ws once in the collection of Eskenazi of London.  It has an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000.  It failed to sell.

Large Guan-type 'Five Sacred Peaks' moon flask

Lot 1340, Large Guan-type "Five Sacred Peaks" moon flask, Yongzheng six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1723-1735), 20 1/2 inches high

Lot 1340 is a "very rare" large Guan-type "Five Sacred Peaks" moon flask with a Yongzheng six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1723-1735).  it is 20 1/2 inches high.  It was in the collection of Jerry Chu (19122008) and Lillia Zhou (1919-1995).  The lot has an estimate of $600,000 to $800,000.  It sold for $723,750.

Celadon bamboo pot

Lot 1276, Longquan celadon "bamboo neck" vase, Xianwenping, Southern Song Dynasty, 12th-13th Century, 10 3/4 inches high

Lot 1276 is a lovely Longquan celedon "bamboo neck" vase from the Southern Song Dynasty, 12th-13th Century.  It is 10 3/4 inches high.  It is property of the estate of Elizabeth Fondaras.  The lot has an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000.  It sold for $423,750.

Pair of vases signed by Shen Xi

Lot 1415, pair of enameled Yixing vases, signed Shen Xi, Daoguang Period (1821-1850), 9 1/4 inches high


Lot 1415, a pair of enameled Yixing vase, signed Shen Xi, Daoguang Period (1821-1850).  They are 9 1/4 inches high amd have "garlic" shaped mouths.  The lot has an estimate of $60,000 to $80,000.  It sold for $50,000.

Marble torso

Lot 1509, Gray marble torso of a Bodhisattva, Northwern Qi/Sui Dynasty, circa  A.D. 570-590, 35 inches high

Lot 1509 is an impressive gray marble torso of a Bodhisattva from the Northern Qi/Sui Dynasty, circa A.D. 570-590.  It is 35 inches high.  A similar torso is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  It has an estimate of $50,000 to $70,000.  It sold for $62,500.
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huanhualichests

Lot 1566, pair of massive Huanghuali compound cabinets and hatchests, Sijangui, 17th Century, 110 inches high

Lot 1566 is a "magnificent and very rare" pair of very large huanghuali compound cabinets and hat-chests from the 17th Century.  They are 110 inches high and were once in the collection of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth of New York and are from the Mimi Wong Hung Collection.  They have an estimate of $1,200,000 to $1,800,000.  The lot sold for $1,563,750.

Mythical beast bell

Lot 1536, Large bronze bell topped by mythical beast, Late Ming-Early Qing Dynasty, 17th Century, 20 1/2 inches high

Lot 1536 is a large bronze bell from the Late Ming-Early Qing Dynasty, 17th Century, that is topped by a scary mythical beast.  The bell is 20 1/2 inches high.  It was once in the Grace Nicholson Collection.  It has an estimate of $6,000 to $8,000.  It failed to sell.

Foreigners seated on Buddhist lions

Lot 1290, pair of glazed tileworks of Foreigners Seaed on Buddhist Lions, late Ming-Early Qing Dynasty, 16th-17th Century, 23 5/8 and 23 3/8 inches high

Lot 1290 is a very colorful pair of glazed tileworks of Foreigners Seated on Buddhist Lions from the Late Ming-Early Qing Dynasty, 16th-17th Century.  One is 23 5/8 inches high and the other 23 3/8 inches high.  At one time they were in the J. P. Morgan Collection.  They have an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000.  It sold for $26,250.

Rock crystal double-peach snuff bottle

Lot 1628, Rock crystal double-peach from snuff bottle, 1800-1900, 3 1/8 inches long

Lot 1628 is a very nice double-peach form rock crystal snuff bottle that is dated to the 19th Century.  It is 3 1/8 inches long and has an estimate of $3,000 to $5,000.  It sold for $6,875.


Two dragons

Lot 1663, grey-green jade tiger-form finial/insignia, Late Shang Dynasty, Anyang Period, circa 1200 B.C., 3 7/8 inches long, left; Lot 1665, dragon pendant, white jade, Eastern Zhou Dynasty, 4th-3rd Century B.C., 2 3/8 inches long, right

Lot 1663 is a fine and rare grey-green jade tiger-form finial/insignia from the Late Shang Dynasty, Anyang Period, circa 1200 B.C.  It is 3 7/8 inches long.  It was formerly with C. T. Loo & Co., and R. H. Norton of Palm Beach.  It has an estimate of $7,000 to $9,000.  It sold for $18,750.

Lot 1665 is a white jade dragon pendant from the Eastern Zhou Dynasty, 4th-3rd Century B.C.  It is 2 3/8 inches long.  It has the same provenance of Lot 1663.  It has an estimate of $6,000 to $8,000.  It  sold for $32,500.

Jade jaguar

Lot 1729, greyish green jade dragon form pendant, Warring States Period, 4th Century B.C., 7 1/2 inches long

One of the auction's most attractive works is Lot 1729, a greyish green jade dragon pendant from the Warring States Period, 4th Century B.C.  It is 7 1/2 inches long.  A similar work is in The Fogg Art Museum.  The work was formerly with Eskenazi in London and Dr. Leonard and Mrs. Ann Marsak Collectiuon.  It has an estimate of $12,000 to $18,000.  It failed to sell.
Another work that was formerly in the Marsak Collection and had also been in the Ralph Chait collection is Lot 1739, a finely carved white and dark grey jade lotus leaf-form brush washer fro the 17th-18th Century.  It is 8 1/4 inches long and has two magpies around its rim.  It has an estiamte of $300,000 to $500,000.  It sold for $543,750.
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