Kaminski’s Fine Asian Art and Antiques Auction to Include Kesi Silk, Qing Dynasty Cloissoné, and Huanghuali Furniture

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Kaminski Auction’s upcoming Fine Asian Arts and Antiques Auction on June 22nd will feature a stunning variety of objects from China, including robes, cloisonne plaques, pearls, and huanghuali furniture.

18th C. Qing Dynasty cloisonné plaque.

18th C. Qing Dynasty cloisonné plaque.

Kaminski Auction’s upcoming Fine Asian Arts and Antiques Auction on June 22nd will feature a stunning variety of objects from China, including robes, cloisonne plaques, pearls, and huanghuali furniture.

A Chinese Kesi robe is positioned to be the top lot of the sale. This particular blue silk robe is an excellent example of the traditional kesi, or “cut silk,” technique, in which the method of weaving leaves what appear to be sharp slices in the fabric where two colors meet. Kesi silk designs are famed for their intricacy, and the example to be offered at Kaminski is no different. It features elaborate roundels of auspicious motifs surrounded by a wave border. The beautiful blue robe lined with yellow imperial silk is currently estimated at $4,000 to $6,000.

An embroidered dragon robe will also be offered alongside the Kesi robe at the same estimated price. The yellow silk of the robe brilliantly offsets the multiple embroidered dragons emblazoned above a wave border hem.

A rare cloisonné plaque from the eighteenth century Qing Dynasty is sure to be one of the most interesting items of the sale. The incredible plaque depicts a landscape picked out in the delicately detailed lines of cloisonne. Rippling lines form mountains that back a tranquil scene of lush trees and a river that flows past a small house with a single occupant. The high quality artistry of this piece is obvious, and is sure to attract many bidders with a starting estimate of only $3,000 to $5,000.

Also sure to attract bidding attention is an elaborate pearl necklace from later nineteenth century China. The necklace contains 108 pearls in total, strung alongside carved purple quartz, turquoise, lapis, and red coral beads. At the center is a gilt silver pendant with carved agate bats. The 60” long necklace necklace is predicted to sell for between $3,000 to $5,000.

Kaminski’s sale will also feature a selection of fine porcelain. Among the ceramic highlights are a red glazed vase estimated at $3,000 to $5,000 with a bamboo shaped neck and bulbous body that carries a Qing Qianlong mark on its base, as well as a pair of export famille rose jars, detailed with family scenes on an orange ground and estimated at $2,000 to $3,000. Also included in the top lots are a plaque signed Wang Xiliang depicting a female flutist with an estimate of $2,000 to $3,000, and a blue and white vase from the later Ming Dynasty or early Qing Dynasty, estimated at $1,500 to $2,500.

The sale will additionally include a number of bronze pieces, one of the most interesting of which is a seated Buddha. The Buddha, offered as lot 2048, sits on a double lotus vase and holds a jar. This approximately eight and a half inch tall figure is estimated at $2,000 to $3,000.

In addition to these fine silk, pearl, ceramic, and bronze pieces, Kaminski’s June Asian Art and Antiques Auction will offer a selection of fine Chinese furniture. Among the excellent furniture lots up for sale is a pair of huanghuali wood rose chairs, estimated at $1,000 to $2,000. The chairs are decorated with a carved gourd and vine pattern and have the characteristic straight spindle arms and backs that define the rose chair form.

The furniture selection will also include a large huanghuali bed frame with dragon and cloud carvings, estimated at $2,000 to $3,000, as well as a zitan wood eight panel screen. The screen features a different bird and botanical motif in the center of each panel and inscribed characters, archaic scroll patterns, and small dragons on the reverse. It stands an impressive 69” tall and is predicted to fetch between $3,000 and $5,000.

Preview for the Kaminski’s Fine Asian Art and Antiques Auction will take place on Wednesday, June 19th, from 10am to 5pm; Thursday, June 20th, from 10am to 5pm; Friday, June 21st, from 10am to 8pm, and beginning at 8am on the day of sale, Saturday, June 22nd.

Kaminski Auctions, located on the North Shore of Boston, has been serving the New England antiques market for over 25 years as a full service auction house and appraisal service for fine art, antiques and estates.

With two locations in Beverly, Massachusetts, including a new state of the art auction gallery located at 117 Elliott Street, and a historic 1850’s barn and office facility at 564 Cabot Street, Kaminski Auctions hosts 25 auctions a year.

In today’s highly competitive market of fine art and antiques, Kaminski Auctions provides its customers with bicoastal services and marketing with west coast offices in Beverly Hills and San Diego, California.

Kaminski Auctions offers specialty departments in Asian Art and Antiques, Silver, Glass and Lamps, Couture and Vintage Clothing, Photography and Modern Design . We have highly trained and knowledgable appraisers on staff that will help you determine the true value of your antiques, or entire collections. Free Appraisal days are offered every Tuesday from 10:00am-4:30pm at our 564 Cabot Street location in Beverly, Massachusetts & by appointment at our 5171 Santa Fe Street location in San Diego, California. We welcome emailed photos of your items! Contact Harry Morgan - hmorgan(at)kaminskiauctions(dot)com

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