Kaminski Auctions Features Chinese Porcelains of Prominent Newport, Rhode Island Collector.

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Kaminski Auctions is pleased to announce its next Asian sale will feature an important collection of Chinese porcelains from a prominent Newport, Rhode Island collector. The auction will take place on Sunday, January 21st beginning at 10:00 am EST at the Kaminski Auction gallery located at 17 Elliott Street, RT. (62) Beverly, Massachusetts.

Extremely Rare Chinese Flambe-Glazed Flower Pot

Kaminski Auctions is pleased to announce its next Asian sale will feature an important collection of Chinese porcelain from a prominent Newport, Rhode Island collector. The auction will take place on Sunday, January 21st beginning at 10:00 am EST at the Kaminski Auction gallery located at 17 Elliott Street, RT. (62) Beverly, Massachusetts.

Kaminski’s Asian expert has brought together over 200 lots of exquisite Chinese porcelains and antiques. The featured lot is an extremely rare Chinese flambé-glazed flower pot. Covered with an unctuous purplish-red glaze highlighted with beige splashes, this rare piece has flared sides rising in a purple flame-like glaze to a mouth covered by a tea dust glaze. The shape is formed like a basket vessel with three strap handles. The base is glazed brown with the Yongzheng reign mark of the period. A similar flowerpot is exhibited in a study of the Qianlong Emperor’s favored imperial workshop items in the Palace Museum of Beijing. The vase is displayed on the original wood stand that is decorated with silver inlay. This rare piece comes from a private collection of an important Newport, Rhode Island collector and is estimated to bring $20,000-$30,000.

An extremely detailed early 20th century Jade seal is another important lot in the sale. The square form seal is surmounted by a pair of dragons each carved with bulging eyes and flaring nostrils above long whiskers. The mouths of the dragons are open to reveal curled tongues between sharp fangs. The dragons feature two long studded horns extending back over their heads with finely incised details of combed manes. Their scaly bodies are tightly intertwined and they are crouching on their haunches. Pierced through the center with an aperture, the seal face is carved with the characters “Huang Di Zhi Bao”, the Seal of the Emperor in both “Zhuan” Chinese and Manchurian. This rare seal is valued at $5,000-$8,000.

A vividly detailed bronze rat standing on it’s hind legs with it’s paws holding a copper chestnut is another featured lot of the collection. The rat figure has an inscription of a 15th-century workshop on the base. An identical rat figure can be found in the Palace Museum of China, Beijing. This particular figure was selected as the icon of the “Year of the Rat” in lunar calendars printed by the Palace Museum of China and is from the Ming Dynasty. The rat figure measures four inches by six and a half inches and is valued at 3,000-$5,000.

A Yongzheng period planter is another important lot. This beautiful piece boasts an opaque glaze of mottled turquoise and blue color all over and is seated on a base of four ruyi cloud-shaped feet. It measures nine inches by six inches by two and three-quarter inches and is estimated at $3,000-$5,000.

The collection continues with two important Qianlong period vases. The first vase boasts a beautifully deep aubergine glaze and the Qianlong mark and is displayed on its original wood stand. The second is a 19th-century pear-shaped vase covered overall in a lustrous and brilliant Ru-type glaze and crackle. It is formed of rectangular sections with two square section lug handles. The base has a six-character Qianlong seal mark in under-glazed blue.

The sale continues with a vast array of Chinese porcelains, Southeast Asian and Chinese bronze buddhas, Chinese cloisonné, a Chinese Kesi Dragon robe, Chinese Guanyin’s and silver and coral jewelry. Preview for this exciting sale is Wednesday- Saturday, January, 17-20, 10:00 am -5:00 pm and day of sale starting at 8:00 am. For more information go to http://www.kaminskiauctions.com and sign up to bid with KaminskiLIVE.

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