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.
The other is a Chinese Tibetan bronze figure depicting a seated Quan Yin goddess with four arms seated over a lotus blossom throne (est. $5,000-$7,000). The figure, dating to the Ming Dynasty, is 15 ¼ inches tall and has a total weight of 4.14 kilograms (almost 5 pounds). It was purchased in New York in the 1980s and was consigned from an important St. Louis collection.
Porcelains will be offered in abundance. Two have pre-sale estimates of $5,000-$7,000. The first is a rare imperial Chinese heritage Kangxi period Qing Dynasty famille verte plate. The plate is unusual in that it bears an incised inventory mark (N481) from the Dresden collection, formed by Augustus the Strong (1670-1733), the former King of Poland and Elector of Saxony.
The second is a Chinese Qing Dynasty famille rose enameled double gourd hulu form vase. The piece holds the red, six-character archaic Qianlong period (1736-1795) reign mark to the bottom, and is made of the period. It is 4 ¾ inches tall and weighs 134 grams and shows a vibrant scrolled floral design over yellow ground, with pink draped cloth knotted to the front.
Two other porcelain pieces of note carry pre-sale estimates of $2,000-$3,000. One is a 19th century Chinese phoenix tail form blue and gold vase, 13 ¾ inches, with a hand-painted gold design depicting a paradise bird on a tree branch with lotus blossoms over a cobalt blue ground. The vase holds blue six-character calligraphy Qianlong (1736) period reign marks to the bottom.
The other is a Chinese lidded Qing Dynasty enameled porcelain mei ping form vase, 10 ¾ inches tall, holding the red six-character calligraphy Guangxu period (1875-1908) reign marks to the bottom. The vase is finely hand painted and enameled throughout, depicting pink and blue chih lung dragons amongst a scrolled floral design over a light green ground and stylized border.
One more jade piece of note is a massive Chinese relief carved jadeite boulder depicting a seated laughing Buddha with five attendants climbing on him and playing musical instruments (est. $6,000-$8,000). Also in the scene are two foo dogs, both climbing on the Buddha. The 16 ½ inch tall Late Qing to Republic piece has mottled white, lavender and apple green jadeite colors.
Elite Decorative Arts’ next big sale after this one will be a fine porcelains and decorative arts auction slated for Saturday, Sept. 15, also in the firm’s Boynton Beach showroom. Quality consignments are still being accepted. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, you may call them toll-free at (800) 991-3340; or, you can send them an e-mail, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about Elite Decorative Arts and the upcoming calendar of events, to include an online catalog of the Aug. 18 auction, please log on to www.eliteauction.com.