I.M. Chait Announces Highlights of New York Asian Arts Auction March 21

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When I.M. Chait of Beverly Hills opens its temporary gallery in the Fuller Building for Asian Arts Week, it will preview a strong collection of Chinese Porcelains. The auction takes place on Monday, March 21.

When I.M. Chait takes up temporary residence on the sixth floor of the Fuller Building on March 18, preview goers will be captivated by more than sixty-five examples of important Chinese porcelains from the Yongzheng, Qianlong, Jiaqing and Daoguang Periods. Collections of Japanese inro, netsuke and okimono, Chinese snuff bottles and fine jewelry round out the sale slated for 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 21.

Typically, Chinese porcelains, long a specialty of the Beverly Hills based auctioneer, http://chait.com, have become among the most collectible of Chinese antiques. When coupled with excellent examples of Chinese pottery and stoneware, as in this sale, interest is expected to run high. Further inspiring competition will be the lead item in the sale - a 12-flanged Ming Dynasty blue and white porcelain "palace vase."

The complex vase is decorated with a continuous design of dragons and phoenix amid foliage and flowers. At the neck, moulded lion head handles soar above double rows of vertical flanges attached at the base and mid section of the 34 inch tall beaker. http://www.chait.com/asp/fullCatalogue.asp?salelot=IFA1103++165+&refno=++124383&saletype= Of the 16th Century Period and bearing the Jiajing Ming mark, this blue-and-white flanged vase is Lot 165. The estimate is available on request.

Standing only 8 inches tall, a ritual blue and white water sprinkler from the early Ming Dynasty — 15th Century — is a diminutive gem. The water sprinkler's squared spout protrudes from a body of classic Islamic form covered with scrolling foliage and lotus blossoms. It is of the Period and bears the Xuande reign mark. It is Lot 164 and carries a catalog high estimate of $350,000.http://www.chait.com/asp/fullcatalogue.asp?salelot=IFA1103++164+&refno=++103369

The lead-up to these lots is marked with excellent values in the $10,000 to $40,000 range.

Chinese ritual pottery then takes the podium. At the highest level is a Tang sancai glazed figural grouping comprised of two horses and their matching grooms. http://www.chait.com/asp/fullCatalogue.asp?salelot=IFA1103++175+&refno=++112342&saletype= The horses - one of chestnut glaze and the other of a greenish-tint cream glaze - stand foursquare and have (later) hair manes and green saddles. The grooms - one in a green tunic, the other dressed in brown - have animated arms. The overall height of the four is 20 inches. Lot 175 is valued at a catalog high of $60,000.

A pair of Song Dynasty pottery baby boys will also command strong interest. The children are presented seated. One is dressed in robes and holds a pomegranate. The other wears a hat and clenches his fists. Both figures retain some pigment and come with an Oxford TL test certificate. They are Lot 179 and carry a $30,000 high estimate.

Making a statement on the profound nature of Chinese heritage is an early Western Zhou Dynasty bronze covered vessel. The gui has a 15-inch wide body dominated by fantastical animal handles. It sits on three legs issuing from animal heads. Intertwined geometrics, typical of the period, decorate panels on the body and cover. Inside the cover is an inscription. The archaic bronze vessel is Lot 188. Specialists have put the auction value at about $70,000. http://www.chait.com/asp/fullCatalogue.asp?salelot=IFA1103++188+&refno=++110174&saletype= Similar archaic Chinese bronzes can be seen in the current issue of Arts of Asia magazine.

A stone Lokapala dating back to the Tang Dynasty is yet another outstanding lot. The magnificent carved guardian wears intricately decorated armor and stands upright. One foot is on a rock. The opposite arm is set akimbo while the other reaches outwards. Nestled at the feet is a child "demon." The 49 inch tall sculpture is expected to fetch $60,000 or more.

These highlights reflect only a portion of the auction and many moderately priced items are also to be found.
The New York sale is being conducted live. Bidders can also participate via ArtFact Live or watch the auction at Chiat.com where they will also be able to see and hear the action on their computers.

I.M. Chait Gallery Auctioneers will be on the 6th Floor of the Fuller Building from Friday, March 18 through Sunday, March 27. http://asianartsweek.com The Asian auction is Monday March 21st beginning at 4 PM.

On Wednesday, March 23rd from noon to 6 PM the Chait Gallery will conduct an Appraisal Clinic for public who want to know what their items will bring at auction.

Then on Thursday, March 24th, in the same location, the Gallery will conduct an auction of important Natural History items including dinosaurs. This auction will start at 2 PM. http://chait.com

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