Chinese carvings and works of art at Elite Decorative Arts auction, Aug. 18 Over 300 fine Chinese carvings and works of art – to include porcelains, jade, ivory, bronze, jewelry, stone carvings and silver – will be sold on Saturday, Aug. 18, by Elite Decorative Arts in Fla.
News-Antique.com - Jul 20,2012 - (BOYNTON BEACH, Fla.) – Over 300 fine Chinese carvings and works of art – to include porcelains, jade, ivory, bronze, jewelry, stone carvings and silver – will be sold to the highest bidder on Saturday, Aug. 18, by Elite Decorative Arts, at the firm’s spacious gallery located in the Quantum Town Center in Boynton Beach, at 1034 Gateway Blvd. (Stes. 106-108).
The auction will be the final event of the summer season for Elite Decorative Arts, a firm that has become synonymous with Chinese antiquities and rare Asian objects. “It has become difficult to assign some items high and low estimates, because the market for Chinese antiques, especially porcelain pieces, is so hot right now,” said Scott Cieckiewicz, an officer with the firm.
He added, “In the end, it will be the bidders who determine the value of these lots. That’s the beauty of an auction. It’s an accurate and instant barometer of market conditions.” Previews will be held on Friday, Aug. 17, from 11-5, and on auction day, Aug. 18, from 11-1. The auction will begin at 1 p.m. Internet bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com and Artfact.com.
A piece of jewelry, not a porcelain, may end up being the day’s top earner. It’s a stunning ladies’ 18kt yellow gold imperial jadeite cabochon and diamond ring/pendant combination (est. $40,000-$50,000, against an appraised value of $80,000). The center of the ring/pendant is prong set with a fine oval cabochon cut natural Burmese jadeite weighing a staggering 12.50 carats.
A large Chinese Qing Dynasty relief carved, fully reticulated ivory tusk, depicting a total of 24 men and women, each wielding an item, has a pre-sale estimate of $6,000-$8,000. The people are situated amongst pine trees and enclosed by dragons and Phoenix birds. The tusk is 53 ½ inches in length, with an ivory weight of 4.96 kilograms. It includes a fitted wooden stand.
An impressive and palace-sized Chinese carved jadeite pagoda village, featuring five pagoda towers with an overall height of 98 inches, is expected to make $10,000-$15,000. Each pagoda is linked to the next with a hanging chain. The massive late Qing to Republic period village shows a total of eight foo dog figures, four tripod dragon urns and four dragon plaques.
Another jade piece expected to do well is a Chinese Qing Dynasty, hand-carved jadeite Guan yin (Quan Yin) figure of a woman, depicted in a standing position with a tassel to the right hand and a bead to the left (est. $7,000-$10,000). A halo can be seen behind her head and she is standing on a stylized lotus blossom base. The piece is 15 ½ inches tall and weighs 3,192 grams.
Two bronze pieces are certain to get paddles wagging. One is a Chinese Tang Dynasty silvered bronze mirror, well cast and of disc form, with the central hemispheric knob enclosed by calligraphy and with a sunburst design to the center (est. $6,000-$8,000). The mirror, 8 ½ inches in diameter, shows a raised serpent, a dragon, phoenix and