Gianguan Auctions To Sell Exceptional Chinese Antiquities On December 10th

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A thousand-year old pair of gold wine vessels inlaid with diamond chips and semi-precious stones is expected to bring $1.5M on December 10th at Gianguan Auctions. The "zun" leads a well curated auction of Chinese antiquities, classic scroll paintings and Chinese ceramics.

Chinese art collectors are expected to fork over more than a million dollars for a pair of gold wine vessels from the Tang Dynasty at Gianguan Auctions' sale on December 10th. The matching hexagonal "zun" are decorated with gold long-tailed phoenixes, birds, dragons and deer and inlaid with diamond chips, turquoise, agate and gold. They are Lot 172.

This is just the top line of a sale of prestigious items that Kwong Lum, Gianguan’s Founder and President, has described as "carefully curated to emphasize rarity, aesthetics and craftsmanship at every price point".

The catalog cover lot is a rare Eastern Han blue glass model of four buildings surrounding a courtyard. The ceremonial ornament, 12" X 5", was probably unearthed near Huangnigan Hepu County, Guangx, as were similar glass items in the Guangxi Museum, It is Lot 152, valued at $400,000-$500,000.

Leading the carved jades is a Qing Dynasty cabbage with string bean tendrils amid a cluster of leaves. The sculpture can be compared to a similar item in the Taipei National Museum. The cabbage is Lot 149 and has an estimated value of $280,000-$380,000.

Buddhist art plays a leading role in the sale, when a rare gilt statue of Tara accented with original blue pigment takes the podium. At 9 3/4" tall, the statue weighs 7 pounds. It is Lot 70, valued at $15,000-$25,000. Several small religious figures are included in the sale, ranging in estimate from $800 to $10,000.

Chinese Ceramics of the Yuan, Qing and Ming dynasties are among the finest to come to the Gianguan podium in recent years. The sections epitomize the strength of the gallery to acquire fine ceramics of Famille Rose, copper red, and blue and white glazes, as well as items with unique glazes.

For instance, Lot 228, a masterwork of the Ming Dynasty, showcases yellow accents on a blue and white dish with simulated “heaping and piling” that depicts bouquets of flowers. At 17" in diameter, the spectacular dish is estimated at $200,000-$300,000.

Famille Rose, a favorite among Gianguan’s collectors, makes several appearances at more accessible levels. Lot 188 is a long neck, flaring flask enameled with ball flowers and windows of florals. It has the Qianlong six character mark and is of the period. The estimate is $5,000-$8,000.

Ceramic bargains include a Tang splash-glazed stoneware jar with double loop handles, Lot 194, $8,000-$15,000, and a Northern Song Cizhouyao ornament of child riding a fish, for $2,000-$3,000.

Highlights of the classical paintings include Liu Cai’s “Carp in Spring Pond,” a Song Dynasty tour-de-force that depicts three carp among lily pads. With frontispiece by Hu Mei, Colophon by Ma Yuanyu, the ink-on-paper, it is expected to command $300,000-$400,000.

A work by Song Meiling, better known as Madame Chang, is called “Flower”. Schooled in the United States, the politician was an excellent artist whose works are very popular. Lot 57 is expected to create interest at $20,000-$30,000.

“Returning Home with the Immortal Spirit,” is Fu Baoshi’s monochromatic rendering with a splash of color that depicts a worker walking with a large protective figure. Dated 1962, inscribed and signed, with one artist seal, it is valued at $200,000-$300,000.

For details on these items as well as the complete catalog, please visit http://www.gianguanauctions. com. The New York City preview opens Friday, December 2 and continues through Friday, December 9 at Gianguan Auctions, 39 W. 56th Street. The sale starts at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 10th. It will be conducted live at Gianguan Auctions. For details, please contact the Gallery Director at info(at)gianguanauctons(dot)com or call 212 867-7288 212 867-9388 .

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