Gianguan Auctions Opens New Gallery With Strong Collections of Buddhist Art, Chinese Porcelains and Fine Scroll Paintings

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Gianguan Auctions inaugurates its new Manhattan gallery at 39 W. 56th Street with a holiday auction of Buddhist art, Chinese porcelains and fine Chinese paintings, ancient to modern. Collections of stone seals, teapots and carved jades also come to the podium on Saturday, December 19th, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

"Our 2015 September sales results reinforces the momentum of Fine Chinese Paintings." Kwong Lum, President, Gianguan Auctions

Gianguan Auctions opens its new home at 39 W. 56th Street in Manhattan with a holiday sale on Saturday, December 19th. Chinese porcelains, Buddhist art, and Chinese paintings, ancient to modern, take the podium starting at 10:00 a.m. DST.

The auction's opening session of Chinese porcelains features Famille Rose, Caladon, Zisha, and Blanc de Chine from the Yuan Dynasty through the Ming. The marquee item among the Chinese ceramics is Lot 138, a Yuan dynasty dragon jar with a rare copper red underglaze depicting a three-clawed dragon among flames chasing a flaming pearl. Standing 12 ¾ inches tall, the pear-shaped vase is $200,000-$400,000.

Mid-level collectors will be well pleased with Lot 234, a Ming Dynasty blood-red stem plate that carries the Xuande six-character mark and is of the period. It is $6,000-$10,000. Entry level collectors will appreciate Lot 236, a copper-red ewer sculpted with floral leaves and insects, valued at $1,500-$3,000.

Lot 150, a Qing Dynasty Famille-Rose white enamel plate with brightly painted wasps and butterflies. Of the period, bearing the Qianlong four character mark inside a double blue square, the 7 ½ inch plate will go for $200,000 - $300,000. One of the day’s best values is Lot 237, an unusual Famille rose ogee-form bowl decorated with flowers and a key fret border valued at $1,500-$4,000.

The blanc de chine highlight is Lot 144, a pair of Yuan Dynasty vases with fish handles, their bodies incised with dragons and cobalt blue inscriptions at the shoulders. The presale estimate is $80,000-$200,000. Blue and white collectors will find Lot 168, a large Yuan Dynasty yuhuchunping featuring plantain leaves on the pear shaped body worth their bid at $50,000-$80,000.

Celadon takes center stage at Lot 159 with a Northern Song Dynasty yuhuchunping in tones of sea green. Molded with peonies and plantain leaves, the vase is $20,000-$30,000. Purple splash celadon from the Song Dynasty appears at Lot 250. It is a Junyao tea bowl. Value: $800-$2,000.

Showy tones of raspberry and moss green decorate Lot 165, an elephant-ear handle vase. It is $6,000-$8,000. A wood-grain glaze brings to life a small, round porcelain box with cover at Lot 225. With the Qianlong mark, it is just $800-$1,000.

Finally a collection of Zisha porcelain teapots (Lots 256- 259) and a cricket jar (Lot 258) add to the interest of unusual Chinese ceramics.

Buddhist art rendered in silver, gilt bronze, polychrome porcelain, jade, stone, crystal and gouache carry values from $400 to $40,000. Lot 37, for instance, is a silver figure of a Shakyamuni Buddha seated in dhyanasana. Of the Ming Dynasty, the 12-inch statue weighs 5,300 grams (slightly more than 11 pounds) and is valued at $30,000-$50,000.

Lot 207 is a rare, richly gilded bronze figure of Tara embellished with blue pigment at the head and polychrome at lips and eyes. This statue will make $20,000-$40,000.

A silver Qing Dynasty Vajrasattva, seated and dressed in incised robes, is decorated with turquoise and coral. It is Lot 204, $6,000-$10,000. Bronze and silver inlay were used for a statue of the 5th Dali Lama. It is Lot 193, a rare 6-pound treasure valued at $6,000-$8,000.

Two Thangka wall murals, Lots 194 and 195, depict Sarawati and Ushnishavijaya. Painted in gouache, the dynamic pieces will bring $3,000-$4,000.

Stone reflections of faith include Lot 34, a Guanyin with amphora bottle carved of shoushan stone. At 11-inches, it is $3,000-$4,000. Polychrome adorns the carved shoushan stone Budai Louhan at Lot 35. Its estimate is $2,800-$5,000. Polychromed furong stone makes Lot 36, a delicately decorated Guanyin, a smart buy at $3,000-$6,000.

Lot 6, a carved jade pendant of Maitreya, is destined to fetch $600-$1,000. Lot 71, is a hanging scroll of Guanyin of South Sea painted by Hong Yi (Li Shutong – 1880-1942). The red ink-on- paper is signed and has two artist seals. Its value is $8,000-$15,000.

Fine art collectors who appreciate the company they keep need only view the thirteen Emperor seals, twenty-two collectors’ seals and colophon by Emperor Qianlong that adorn Lot 117, "Traveling Troupe", a Northern Song Dynasty painting by Fan Kuan (950-1032). A masterpiece of tonality, the ink on paper captures the high rising river and plateaus of a mountain while a troupe of travelers in the foreground groom their water buffalo and attend to daily chores. The estimate on Lot 113, Traveling Troupe, is $15,000,000-$20,000,000.

The strong collection of landscapes continues with Lot 113, "Spring Outing" by Tang Yin (1470-1523), and ink-on-paper portraying rockery in the foreground of a bridge with two-foot travelers, all set above a pavilion by the river’s edge filled with people. An inscription, signature, one artist seal and seven collectors’ seals support the $3,000,000-$4,000,000 estimate.

"River’s End" by Wang Shimin (1592-1680) a highly stylized undulating landscape depicting bridge over river and varieties of lichen, evergreens and blue leafed tees is dated 1668. It is signed by the artist and bears two artist seals, nine Emperors’ seals and three collectors’ seals. Bidding starts at $200,000.

Fast forwarding to mid-century, Lot 100, "Spring Trees" by Wu Guanzhong (1919-2010) makes a strong abstract statement with a ground of colorful ink splashed overlaid with bold black strokes. Signed, with one artist seal, it is set to go off at $40,000-$60,000.

Among the more majestic paintings is Lot 106, "Horse and Attendant" by Pu Ru (Xin Yu – 1896-1943), a modem rendition of the black stallion obedient in the hands of a handler in blue. The 1945 ink-on-silk is valued at $15,000-$30,000.

The attributes of scholars are poignantly portrayed in Lot 126, "Louhans Crossing" by Zhang Daqian (1899-1983), that shows a wizened old man supported by attendant crossing water will fetch $50,000-$80,000. "Study Group", 1951, also by Zhang Daqian, captures two men pouring over a book. It is inscribed and signed with three artist seals bringing the auction to $40,000-$50,000. Both pair nicely with Lot 30, a golden shoushan stone boulder carving of nine Luohans moving between heaven and earth. It is $2,000-$4,000.

Always popular with collectors are shoushan and jade seals. The auction puts a fine collection up front. The most sought after will be Lot 32, an olive green jade dragon seal of the Ming Dynasty. Surmounted on a rectangular base is a highly detailed, very scaly, recumbent dragon. The base has a six character intaglio: Zhengtong Huangdi Zhibao (Treasure of the Zhengtong Emperor.) The five pound seal is valued at $30,000-$50,000.

Rounding out the sale is a collection of the mythological creatures that populate Chinese mythology. Lot 173 a rare pair of rock crystal bixie from the Song Dynasty, predating the prevalence of Ming and Qing Dynasty crystal carvings, reflects the importance of the stone, known as “essence of water.” This crouching pair is very detailed and expected to find a buyer at $28,000-$40,000. Other bixie in the sale are represented in yellow jade (Lot 174), shoushan stone (Lot 12) and carved bamboo root (Lot 137).

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