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Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

Christie's New York

September 14 (Lots 901-1051)

September 15 (Lots 1101-1189)

Sale 13751

Fang Ding 907


Lot 907, The Ya Yi Fangding, a Highly Important and Rare Bronze Rectangular Ritual Food Vessel, Late Shang Dynasty, Anyang, 13th - 11th Century B.C., 11 inches high


By Carter B. Horsley

This auction of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art at Christie's September 13, 2017 includes a very fine Late Shang bronze ritual food vessel, an impressive gilt metal and painted wood fan from the Quangxu Period, a stunning Imperial embroidered silk brocade military officer's uniform from the late Qing Dynasty, a spectacular Zitan Liquan bed, and a great Scholar's Rock.

Lot 907, The Ya Yi Fangding, a Highly Important and Rare Bronze Rectangular Ritual Food Vessel, Late Shang Dynasty, Anyang, 13th - 11th Century B.C.  It is 11 inches high and has an estimate of $2,000,000 to $3,000,000.  It sold for $3,372,500 including the buyer's premium as do all lots mentioned in this article.

The sale total was $17,526,125.

Shang wine vessel 901

Lot 901, a bronze ritual gui (wine vessel) from the Late Shang Dynasty, 13th-11th Century BC.  It is 10 3/4 inches high.

Lot 901 is a good bronze gui, a ritual wine vessel, from the Late Shang Dynasty, 13th-11th Century B.C.  It is 10 3/4 inches high It has an estimate of $6,000 to $8,000.  It sold for $27,500.


Fang 908
Lot 908, rare malachite inlaid bronze ritual wine vessel, Middle Warring States Period, 4th Century B.C., It is 8 3/8 inches high.

Lot 908 is a rare malachite inlaid bronze ritual wine vessel, Middle Warring States Period, 4th Century B.C. It is 8 3/8 inches high.  It has an estimate of $80,000 to $120,000.  It failed to sell.


Statue 916


Lot 926, Bodhistatva, marle, Northern Qi-Sui Dynasty, 6th Century, 36 inches high


Lot 926 is a very fine marble statue of Bodhistatva friom the Northern Qi-Sui Dynasty, 6th Century B.C.  It is 36 inches high.  It has an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.  It failed to sell.

Bird 911

Lot 911, Bronze bird finial, Eastern Shou Dynasty, 3 5/8 inches high

One of the auction's most desirable works is Lot 911, an Eastern Shou Dynasty bronze bird finial.  It is 3 5/8 inches high and has an estimate of $5,000 to $8,000.  It sold for $5.250.


3 ladies 1108

Lot 1108, three painted pottery figures of court ladies, Tang Dynasty, 14 inches high

Lot 1108 is a superb pottery group of three court ladies from the Tang Dynasty.  The tallest is 14 inches high.  The lot has an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.  It sold for $62,500.


1109

Lot 1109, Court Lady, red painted pottery figure, Tang Dynasty, 10 1/8 inches high

Lot 1109 is a fine pottery figure of court lady, painted red, from the Tang Dynasty.  It is 10 1//8 inches high.  It has an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.  It failed to sell.

Rider 1110

Lot 1110, Female polo player, Sancai glazed pottery figure, 13 3/4 inches long, Tang Dynasty

Lot 1110. a Tang Sancai pottery figure of a female polo player, is the cover illustration of the catalogue.  It is 13 3/4 inches long.  It has an estimate of $300,000 to $500,000.  It sold for $372,500.

Scholars rock 975

Lot 975, Taihu Scholar's Rock, 48 inches high

Lot 975 is a "massive" Taihu Scholar's Rock that is 48 inches high.  It has an estimate of $25,000 to $35,000.  It sold for $52,500.


Tower 1103
Lot 1103, Green-glazed pottery model of a tower, Han Dynasty, 43 3/4 inches high

Lot 1103 is an impressive Han Dynasty green-glazed pottery model of a tower that is 43 3/4 inches high.  The work is in two pieces.  The lower section has a courtyard with ornaments at the corners of the roof with the balconies supporting various figures including a dwarf.  The upper section has square balconies with figures standing guard with crossbows, all beneath a tiled roof surmounted with a bird.  The lot has an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000.  It was passed!


Warrior 1111       Warrior1111b

Lot 1115, Two large painted pottery figures of guardians, Tang Dynasty, 25 inches high

Lot 1115 is an impressive pair of painted pottery figures of guardians.  It is from the Tang Dynasty and the figures are about 25 inches high.  The lot has an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000.  It sold for $15,000.


Uniform 939

Lot 939. Imperial military officer's ceremonial uniform, Late Qing Dynasty

Lot 939 is a very impressive and rare Imperial embroidered silk brocade military officer's ceremonial uniform from the Late Qing Dynasty.

The catalogue entry provides the following commentary:

"The uniform is decorated with dragon roundels reserved on an embroidered gold brocade ground decorated throughout with round brass studs on a Y-shaped geometric ground, and trimmed with black velvet.  It comprises a waist-length jacket with long sleeves terminating in hoof-shaped cuffs. an apron set with a hexafoil-shaped panel embroidered in metal threads with a stylized dragon's head and dragon carp at the bottom, epaulettes trimmed with gilt-metal appliques, underarm protectors, a round metal chest plate, a matching helmet, a red velvet and leather quiver and bow holder, and a pair of black silk boots."

The lot has an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000.  It sold for $81,250.

Vase 1179

Lot 1179, Very rare blue-and-white, pear-shaped bottle vase, Yuhuchuping, Yuan Dynasty, 11 1/4 inches high

Lot 1179 is a very rare, blue-and-white, pear-shaped bottle, Yuhuchuping, from the Yuan Dynasty.  It is 11 1/4 inches high.  It has an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000.  It sold for $612,500.


Belt  913

Lot 913, gilt-bronze rectangular belt plaques, 3 3/8 inches long, Western Han Dynasty

Lot 913 is a fine and rare pair of gilt-bronze rectangular belt plaques.  From the Western Han Dynasty, they are 3 3/8 inches long and each has two turtles encircled by a dragon with an open mouth.  It has an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000.  It sold for $9,375.

Plate 2202

Lot 1101, rare and large painted pottery vase, fanghu, Han Dynasty, 23 1/4 inches high

Lot 1101 is an impressive, rare and large Han Dynasty painted pottery vase.  It is 23 1/4 inches high.  It has an estimate of $7,000 to $9,000.  It sold for $22,500.

Dish 998

Lot 998, Very rare incised gilt-decorated polychrome lacquer chrysanthemum dish, Jiajing six-charter incised and gilt mark and of the period (1522-1566), 11 inches in diameter

Lot 998, Very rare incised gilt-decorated polychrome lacquer chrysanthemum dish, Jiajing six-charter incised and gilt mark and of the period (1522-1566). It is 11 inches in diameter.  It has an estimate of $80,000 to $100,000.  It failed to sell.


Bed and fan

Lot 971, a carved Zitan Luohan bed and Kang table, 40 1/2 inches long, center; Lot 942, gilt-metal and painted wood fan, Guangxu Period, 82 1/2 inches high, right

Lot 971 is a "spectacular" carved Zitan Luohan bed and Kang table.  The back and sides are elaborately carved in openwork with lotus blossoms borne on leafy stems amidst rocks, above the paneled zitan sear set in a rectangular frame.  It has an estimate of $550,000 to $700,000.  It failed to sell.

Lot 942 is a rare gilt-metal and painted wood fan from the Guangxu Period.  It is 82 1/2 inches high.
 
The catalogue entry provdies the following commentary:

"The gilt-metal head of the fan is chased on one side as a descending phoenix with a shou character on its breast, above a shou medallion and a batt suspending a ribbon-tie wan emblem, and the reverse is engraved with eight bats swooping amidst clouds, which is repeated as painted decoration on the separate wood poll which sits in a wood base of double-gourd shape painting with further shou medallions."

It has an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.   It sold for $25,000.


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