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Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

Sotheby's New York

10 A.M., March 19, 2013 Lots 1-113

2 P.M., March 19, 2013 Lots 114-249

10 A.M., March 20, 2013 Lots 250-391

2 P.M., March 20, 2013 Lots 392-497

Sale 8974

Two-headed seal

Lot 402, Imperial Green Jade "Wufu Wudai Tang Guxi Tianzi Bao" seal, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period, 1781, 5 1/8 inches long

By Carter B. Horsley

The March 19-20, 2013 auction of Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art at Sotheby's New York includes many excellent Archaic bronzes and lovely ceramics from later periods.

Of 494 offered lots, 320, or 64.8 percent, sold for a total of $22,711,001.

The top lot in the sale was Lot 402, an Imperial green jade "Wufu Wudai Tang Guxi Tianzi Bao" seal from the Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period, 1781.  It is 5 1/8 inches long and is of square form surmounted by a pair of addorsed dragons with building eyes and flaring nostrils.  

Two-headed seal
It has an estimate of $1,000,000 to $1,500,000.  It sold for $3,413,000 including the buyer's premium as do all results mentioned in this article.

Splat

Lot 203, rare celadon-glazed iron-red and gilt-embellished double-gourd shaped ink palette, Qianlong seal, mark and period, 4 1/8 inches long


One of the auction's most alluring pieces is Lot 203, a rare celadon-glazed, iron-red and gilt-embellished gourd-shaped ink palette with a Qianlong seal, mark and period.  it is 4 1/8 inches long.  The double-gourd represents longevity as dried, hollowed gourds were believed to be used by immortals to store their pills of immortality.  The lot has an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.  It sold for $118,750.

5 headed pot

Lot 200, rare celadon-glazed, six-necked base (Liulianping), Qianlong seal, mark and period with five baluster-form vases surrounding the central and tallest vase, 9 3/4 inches high

Lot 200 is a rare, celadon-glazed, six-necked vase (Liulianping), with a Qianlong seal, mark and period.  It has five baluster-form bases surrounding the central and tallest vase.  It is 9 3/4 inches high  It has an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000.  It sold for $245,000.

Short woman    

Lot 17, painted pottery figure of an official, Northern Wei Dynasty, 10 inches high

Lot 17 is a very nice painted pottery figure of an official from the Northern Wei Dynasty.  Two similar figures are in the Osaka Municipal Museum of Fine Art.  This figure is 10 inches high.  It has an estimate of $6,000 to $8,000.  It sold for $317,000.

Tall woman

Lot 18, large painted pottery figure of an official, Northern Wei Dynasty, 24 1/2 inches

Lot 18 is another painted pottery figure of an official from the Northern Wei Dynasty.  It is 24 1/2 inches high and has highly stylized clothes and hands.  It has an estimate of $30,000 to $40,000.  It sold for $317,000.


Skirt

Lot 15, painted gray pottery figure of a female attendant, Han Dynasty, 14 inches high

Lot 15 is a nice painted gray pottery figure of a female attendent from the Han Dynasty.  It is 14 inches high.  It has an estimate of $3,000 to $5,000.  It sold for $7,500.

Horses

Lot 80, Five Painted Pottery Figures of Equestrians, Han Dynasty, 11 1/4 inches high, left; Lot 79, Eight Painted Gray Pottery Figures of Attendants, Han Dynasty, 11 3/8 inches high, right


Lot 80 is a handsome group of 5 painted pottery figures of equestrians from the Han Dynasty.  The figures at 11 1/4 inches high.  There were once owned by Warner LeRoy.  The lot has an estimate of  $8,000 to $12,000.  It sold for $17,500.

Lot 79 is a group of 8 painted gray pottery figures of attendants from the Han Dynasty.  The figures are 11 3/8 inches high.  The lot has an estimat eof $8,000 to $12,000.  It sold for $8,125.

Buddha tiger

Lot 106, a figure of Pindola, cast-iron, dated 1487, 29 inches high

Lot 106 is an impressive cast-iron sculpture of Pinola, a tiger-taming luohan, portrayed seated and cradling a tiger in his lap.  It is dated 1487 and is 29 inches high.  It has an estimate of $60,000 to $80,000.  It sold for $62,500.

Man

Lot 303, large wood figure of Zhenwu,Ming Dynasty, 46 inches high

Lot 303 is a nice wood figure of Zhenwu fromtheMing Dynasty.  It is 46 inches high.    By the middle of the 15th Century, Zhenwu had become the most important god in religious Daoism.  The lot has an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.  It sold for $50,000.


Faint vase

Lot 50, blue and white vase, Korean, Joseon Dynasty, 9 1/4 inches high

Lot 50 is a nice blue and white vase decorated with flowers from the Joseon Dynasty in Korea.  It is 9 1/4 inches high.  It has an estimate of $50,000 to $70,000.  It sold for $161,000.


Embossed pot

Lot 317, rare molded Longquan celadon vase, Yuan Dynasty, 18 1/2 inches tall.

 Lot 317, a rare molded Longquan celadon vase from the Yuan Dynasty, was exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1916. It is 18 1/2 inches tall.  The lot has an estimate of  $100,000 to $150,000.  It failed to sell.

Dragon vase

Lot 222, Famille-rose dragon vase, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period, 10 7/8 inches high

Lot 222 is a very nice famille-rose dragon vase from the Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period.  It is 10 7/8 inches high.  It has an estimate of $15,000 to $20,000.  It sold for $18,750.

Large celadon jar

Lot 193, incised celadon-glazed brushpot (bitong), Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period, 7 inches in diameter

Lot 193 is a lovely incised, celadon-glazed brushpot from the Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period.  It is 7 inches in diameter and has an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.  It sold for $34,375.


Large screen and curved chair

Lot 459, a painted five-panel "Beauties" screen, Qing Dynasty, 18th Century, each panel 90 by 21 inches, background; Lot 477, rare Baimu folding scholar's chair (jiaoyi), Qing Dynasty, 19th Century, 41 inches high, foreground

Lot 459 is an extremely attractive painted five-panel "Beauties" screen from the Qing Dynasty,18th Century.  Each panel measures 90 by 21 inches. The catalogue entry for this lot notes that "the origin for this model dates back to the Tang dynasty with the concept of romantic love deifined as caisi jiaren (talented scholar and beautiful woman). It has a modest estimate of  $20,000 to $30,000.  It sold for $137,000.

Lot 477, rare Baimu folding scholar's chair, Qing Dynasty, 19th Century.  The chair is 41 inches high.  It has an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000.  It sold for $31,250.

Pale blue dish

Lot 30, Qingbai lobbed boys and lotus bowl, Song Dynasty, 7 3/8 inches in diameter

Lot 30 is a very fine Qingbai lobbed boys and lotus bowl from the Song Dynasty.  It is 7 3/4 inches in diameter and has a foliate rim and depicts three chubby boys perched on foliage.  It has an estimate of $5,000 to $7,000.  It sold for $27,500.

Sung dish


Lot 32, fine molded Ding dish, Northern Sung Dynasty, 6 3/4 inches in diameter

Lot 32 is a fine molded Ding dish from the Northern Sung Dynasty.  Its rim is bound in metal and it rests on a small circular footrim and has three stylized formal lotus flanked by delicately rendered curling and curling leaves and stems with a small floret at the center.  It is 6 3/4 inches in diameter.  It has an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000.  It sold for $545,000.

Lot 94 is a rare and important "Ding" bowl from the Northern Sung Dynasty that is 5 3/8 inches in diameter.  The exterior is carved and molded with three rows of overlapping upright leaves applied overall with an even ivory-colored glaze with characteristic teardrops at the base.  Only one other similar piece is known and it is in the British Museum. The lot has an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000.  It sold for $2,225,000.


Pale green jade vase


Lot 408, finely carved white jade petal-lobbed vessel (zun), Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period, 5 7/8 inches in diameter

Lot 408 is a very lovely carved white jade petal-lobbed vessel (zun) from the Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period.  It is 5 7/8 inches in diameter.  The neck is flanked by opposing mythical beasts handles suspending loose-rings.  There is a similar piece in the Palace Museum in Beijing.  The lot has an estimate of $350,000 to $450,000.  It sold for $425,000.


Bronze lion

Lot 68, rare gilt-bronze figure of a seated winged lion, 6th/7th Century, 2 inches high

Lot 68 is a very fine and rare gilt-bronze figure of a seated winged lion from the 6th/7th Century.  It is 2 inches high.  The lot was formerly in the collection of James W. and Marilynn Alsdorf.  It has an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.  It failed to sell.

Bronze dragon

Lot 67, gilt-bronze Chilong-form weight, Han Dynasty, 2 3/4 inches long

One of the more attractive collectibles in the auction is Lot 67, a fine gilt-bronze Chilong-form weight from the Han Dynasty.  It is 2 3/4 inches long and has a winged, coiled mythologial beast, its bifurcated tail flexed beneath the sinewy body with a bearded head with open jaws.  It has an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000.  It sold for $25,000.

water dropper beast

Lot 431, celadon jade bixie-form water dropper beast, Ming Dynasty, 16th/17th Century, 5 1/4 inches long

An even more tempting object, for some collectors, is Lot 431, a finely carved celadon jade bixie-form water dropper, Ming Dynasty, 16th /17th Century.  It is 5 1/4 inches long.  The beast has heavy eyebrows, two horns, a bifurcated tail and wings and its gray stone is suffused with brown and inky-black inclusions.  It has an estimate of $60,000 to $80,000.  It sold for $75,000.

Large black screen

Lot 478, Hardstone-inlaid wood and lacquer seven panel screen, Qing Dynasty, each panel 108 by 22 1/4 inches

Lot 478 is an impressive seven panel screen from the Qing Dynasty of hardstone inlaid wood and lacquer.  Each panel measures 108 by 22 1/4 inches.  The lot has an estimate of $60,000 to $80,000.  It sold for $100,000.


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