By Michele Leight
This auction of Chinese
ceramics and works
of art is highlighted by two lots of fine famille-rose jars with
Quianlong seal marks and period.
Lot 124, shown above, is a pair
jars of eight Daoist Immortals with Qianlong iron-red seal marks
and period. The jars are 10 1/4 inches high and have an estimate
of $300,000 to $400,000. It sold for $632,500 including the
buyer's premium as do all results mentioned in this article.
The catalogue notes that the
the Eight Daoist Immortals as they cross the rough sea after attending
the peach festival of the Queen Mother of the West. Rather than
traveling by their clouds, they combined their powers to sail
pass the tempest. The proverb is a lesson on how individual strengths
and gifts can be used to tackle the same obstacle."
The auction's sale
total was $4,018,939
with 96 of the 163 offered lots selling. Dr. Caroline Shulten,
the specialist in charge of the auction, said afterwards, that
"we are very pleased with the results of today's sale, which
demonstrates that in times like these there is demand for rare
and high quality works of art with good provenance."
"We were thrilled,"
"to see such strong competition for 18th century imperial
mark and period porcelain, as evidenced by the high prices achieved
for the Getty vases and other of today's top lots, along with
the competitive bidding for the set of engravings of 'The Conquests
of the Emperor Qianlong,' sending it to six times its high estimate.
Overall, we were encouraged by the number of new buyers competing
for many of our top lots."
Lot 125 is an "impressive and
famille-rose "boys at play" lantern-shaped vase, Qianlong
iron-red seal mark and period. It is 12 1/2 inches high and has
an estimate of $300,000 to $500,000. One of the boys is flying
a kite which symbolizes thewish to rise in rank and have a successful
career. The other holds a lotus that symbolizes that descendants
may live in harmony. It sold for $602,500.
Lot 128 is an impressive
dish with a Qianlong seal mark and period. It is 8 1/8 inches
in diameter and has an estimate of $5,000 to $8,000. It
Lot 117 is a large and handsome
green and aubergine
yellow-ground biscuit charger with a Kangxi mark and period. It
is 16 inches in diameter. It has an estimate of $50,000 to $70,000.
It sold for $182,500.
Lot 136 is a "rare"
green-enameled bottle vase from the Qing Dynasty, 18th/19th Century.
It is 10 inches high and has an estimate of $8,000 to $12,000.
It failed to sell.
Lot 19 is a "superb" pottery
of a lokapala, Tang Dynasty. It is 29 1/2 inches high. It has
an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000. It failed to sell.
Lot 151 is a large and fine
painting by Hua
Xuan entitled "Eight Beauties." It measures 130 by 52
inches and was executed circa 1736. The lot has an estimate of
$200,000 to $300,000. It sold for $374,500.
Lot 116 is an attractive
jar with Qianlong seal mark and period. It is 7 3/4 inches high
and has an estimate of $8,000 to $12,000. It sold for $8,125.
is a large pottery figure
of a Ferghana horse from the Tang Dynasty and its groom. The horse
is 30 inches long and the groom is 23 1/2 inches high. "The
magnificent Ferghana horse was," according to the catalogue,
"the most celebrated breed, introduced into China from Central
Asia during the Han dynasty (206 BC-AD220), and immortalized in
Chinese literature and the visual arts. These were the fabled
"celestrial' or blood sweating horses, known for the speed
power and stamina The lot has an estimate of $80,000 to $100,000.
It sold for $92,500.
is a large "Longquan"
celadon barbed dish from the Yuan/Ming Dynasty, 14th/15th Century
A.D. It is 18 1/2 inches in diameter. It has an estimate of $30,000
to $40,000. It sold for $68,500.
Lot 30 is a "Longquan" celadon
with applied decoration that is dated to the long Song./Yuan dynasty.
It is 11 1/2 inches high and has an estimate of $50,000 to $70,000.
It failed to sell.
Lot 140 is an pretty blue and
with iron-red dragon and Qianlong seal mark and period. It is
7 inches in diameter and has an estimate of $5,000 to $7,000.
It sold for $6,875.
One of the most beautiful
objects in the auction
is Lot 36, a "rare" Cizhou green-glazed painted vase
(Meiping) that is 11 3/8 inches high and is dated to the Northern
Song/Jin Dynasty. It has an estimate of $30,000 to $40,000. It
sold for $74,500.
Lot 162 is an attractive ink
and color on paper
by Zhao Shao'Ang (1905-1998) entitled "Sunflowers and Mantis."
It is dated 1965 and has an estimate of $9,000 to $12,000. It
sold for $7,500.
This auction of Indian
& Southeast Asian
Works of Art at Sotheby's March 18, 2009 some very nice sculptures,
some fine18th Century watercolors and some good 20th Century works.
Lot 95, for example, "Untitled
is an oil and acrylic on canvas by Maqbool Fidal Hussein (b. 1915).
It was executed in the 1970s and measures 74 by 41 1/8 inches.
It has an estimate of $150,000 to $200,000. It sold for
including the buyer's premium, the highest lot in the auction
in which 76 of 139 offered lots sold for $3,212,502.
Lot 33 is a 25-inch-high
polychrome wood Bhairava
shrine from Nepal. The 17th Century piece has an estimate of $10,000
to $15,000. It sold for $11,250.
Lot 66 is "An
illustration from the Harivamsa: The Gods join Krishna and his
companions as they play Divine Music on the banks of the Yamuna
India, Kangra or Guler," opaque watrcolor heightened with
gold on paper. It measures 13 by 17 1/4 inches and was executed
circa 1820. It was acquired in 1969 from the Royal Library of
Mandl. It has an estimate of $15,000 to $20,000. It sold for
The most beautiful object in
the auction is
Lot 85, "An illustration from Nusrati's Gulshan-i-Ishq: The
lovesick Prince Manohara falls unconscious into his father's lap,"
opaque watercolor heightened with gold on paper. It measures 10
3/8 by 5 5/8 inches and was executed circa 1700. It has a modest
estimate of $7,000 to $10,000. It was once in the Ehrenfeld Collection
in San Francisco. The catalogue entry notes "the illustrations
from his manuscript, now widely dispersed, epitomize the Deccani
style of symmetrical compositions bearing the detailing and delicate
coloring, resulting in harmonious paintings imbued with a dreamlike
quality." It sold for $18,750.
Lot 21 is a very lovely parcel
repousse statue of Vajradhara from Tibet. The 17th Century statue
is 25 3/4 inches high. It has an estimate of $45,000 to $65,000.
It failed to sell.
is a fine gilt copper statue from Tibet. The 17th Century work
is 11 7/16 inches high and has an estimate of $8,000 to $12,000.
It sold for $11,875.
Lot 26, "Vajrahairava," is a
copper statue with painted details. It is 14 1/8 inches high and
is an 18th Century work. It has an estimate of $80,000 to $120,000.
It sold for $98,500.
Shore and Several Others (Ambassadors by Holbein," is a 2008
photograph by Vivek Vilasini (b. 1964). It is number 6 of an edition
of 7 and it meaures 54 by 66 3/8 inches.
is a distemper on cloth from Tibet. It measures 34 5/8 by 24 5/8
inches and is dated 18th/19th Century. It has an estimate of $15,000
to $20,000. It sold for $34,375.
Lot 96 is a strong untitled oil
on board by
Francis Newton Souza (1924-2002). It measures 36 by 48 inches
and was executed in 1954. It has an estimate of $150,000 to $200,000.
It sold for $302,500.