Holiday Auction of Carved Jades and Chinese Paintings Expected to Draw Big Crowds at December 4 Sale at Hong Kong Auctions NY

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The demand for carved jade items - for the pocket and as jewelry - has hit an all time high. With quality supplies diminishing, buyers can find values at Hong Kong Auctions NY on Sunday, December 4 beginning at 2:00 p.m.

With the demand for jade carvings, also known as yu, at an all time high, Chinese, European and American collectors are expected to throng Hong Kong Auctions NY’s December 4 sale of more than 100 jade items. The early part of the day, as always, will be devoted to fine Chinese paintings & calligraphy.

According to Kwong Lum, Chinese scholar and President of Hong Kong Auctions NY, this auction marks a departure in the gallery’s standard format. “This holiday sale,” he states, “contains properties, particularly jade carvings, that are accessible to buyers of all levels.”

The jade and jadeite carvings range from Neolithic items to finely wrought pieces from the Republic Period.

Lum, whose standards for quality are equal to his accomplishments as an artist and appraiser (he is the only living Chinese artist to be honored by a museum in his name in China), are accurately reflected in the catalog. (The online catalog can be viewed at

At the preview, which is currently underway and runs through Saturday, December 3, viewers may inspect and hold the jade items. (Traditionally, jade is cold but warms to room temperature. The low and high relief surfaces offer tactile comfort.)

Jade’s long history dates back 8,000 years, when it was used for weapons and ritualistic items. Over the years it has come to symbolize beauty, nobility, perfection and is carved as figurative groups, scepters, Guanyin, pendants, bracelets and the delicately chiseled jade items that become the personal items of men from all walks of life,

Among the decorative jade highlights is Lot 307, a finely carved white jade lion playing with a ball, from the Qing Dynasty. It is estimated at $20,000 to $30,000.

Another rare jade is Lot 187, a water buffalo cleverly carved so the buff inclusions resemble the hide (Lot 187). Buffalo are associated with strength, prosperity and tranquility. Distinguished by its naturalness, it is expected to bring more than $10,000.

For collectors on a more modest budget, there is the Hetian white jade figure of Liuhai with Toad Climbing up a String of Gold Coins Adorned with Lingzhi stalks. It is Lot 132 and has an estimate of $1,500.

It is not unusual for the Chinese to carry a bit of jade with them at all times. A small jade item for the pocket might be the 1 ¾” Hetian White Jade Goose Group of Mother and Two Young Entwined in Lingzhi Sprays. The low and high relief makes it lovely to touch. It too is expected to fetch around $1,500.

Among the jade jewelry highlights is a jadeite pendant of a Lotus Pond Mythical Beast with Dragon Head and Fish Body. Carved in high relief and pierced, the pendant is rendered with crabs carved into the stone’s russet infusions. The fish into dragon symbolizes wealth and ascent prosperity. As 3½" tall, it is expected to command interest starting at $4,000.

More jade pendants and animals, plus vessels and scholars items can be seen in the catalog.

Opening the December 4 sale is collection of traditional paintings. Among the highlights are Qi Baishi’s “Shrimp” dated 1941, inscribed and signed by the artist. With succinct strokes Qi manages to meticulously portray the essence and the spirit of the shrimp frolicking. "Shrimp" is Lot 35 and is expected to exceed $60,000.

Another highlight is Xu Beihong’s “Galloping Horse." The artist's strong and steady strokes bring out strength of the horse’s tendons and bones as well as its character. It is expected to top $30,000.

Other of 68 lots of paintings range in value from Feng Zikai’s “Spring”, ink and color on paper with two artist seals, at $3,000 to $4,000 to Zhao Zhiqian’s Qing Dynasty “Official Script Calligraphy,” hand scroll at $40,000 to $50,000.

The sale of carved jades begins at 2:00 p.m. EDT. The Chinese Paintings session begins at 11:00 a.m.

For complete details on the 381 properties in the Hong Kong Auctions NY December 4 sale, please visit

To view the items, visit the gallery at 285 Madison Avenue, now through Saturday, December 3, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. For condition reports, please phone 212-867-9388.

International buyers may bid at the Hong Kong Auctions NY December 4 sale on ArtFact Live -


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