I.M. Chait January 24 Auction: Rich in Han and Tang Dynasty Pottery, Carved Jades and Important Ivor Isadore Chait will drop the hammer on nearly 400 lots on January 24. Included are carved jades from the M.Douglas Estate.
a magnificent Chinese ivory Temple Complex with surrounding pavilions and pagodas. Carved of a single Ivory Tusk, the articulation is so refined that one feels as though the City Gates might actually swing open to allow the miniature figures to pass. Almost three-feet long, the Temple Scene has a catalog high estimate of $6,500.
Among the Carved Ivory Okimono, many, including Lot 217, inspire unknown narratives. In this case, a group of Four Warriors is seemingly engaged in moving a large bell, but only two are actively involved. Two others appear ready to catch it, should the bell fall. The Four Warriors are expected to fetch $8,000, possibly more.
All told, there are 25 Okimono single figures and groups, ranging in estimate from $1,000 upward.
Among the European antiques are Lot 344, a Tiffany Favrile Glass Vase and Lots 344 – 348, assorted Galle Cameo-carved glass items. These carry moderate estimates of between $1,000 - $2,000.
The collection of fine jewelry will draw audible gasps from lovers of diamonds and colored stones. Lot 319, a ballerina style ring features a 10.25 carat, square cut emerald. Its skirt is formed of diamond baguettes, weighing approximately 3.75 carats. The ring is expected to fetch $10,000.
Lot 314, a diamond and emerald floral suite of necklace, bracelet, earrings and ring is a true value at the $9,000 catalog estimate.
Contrasting in simplicity and history is 310, an Antique Chinese Court Necklace, estimated at $8,000
I.M. Chait’s January 24 Asian and International Fine Arts Auction begins at 1:00 PST. The auction is also carried live on ArtFact.com. For more information, please visit http://chait.com or call 1-800-775-5020.