Antique Chinese objects will lead Elite Decorative Arts' May 11 auction A magnificent selection of estate jewelry, fine artwork, bronzes, sterling silver and Chinese works will cross the auction block on Saturday, May 11, at Elite Decorative Arts in Boynton Beach. Fla.
News-Antique.com - Apr 18,2013 - (BOYNTON BEACH, Fla.) – A magnificent selection of estate jewelry, fine artwork, bronzes, sterling silver and Chinese works will cross the auction block on Saturday, May 11, at Elite Decorative Arts, in the firm’s gallery located at the Quantum Town Center (1034 Gateway Blvd., Suites 106 and 108) in Boynton Beach. The auction will start promptly at 1 p.m. (EST).
The Chinese items (a category for which Elite Decorative Arts has become renowned in recent years) will feature ivory, jade, marvelous red coral carvings and stone carvings, porcelain and more. Many of the lots can be viewed online at www.eliteauction.com, and Internet bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com and Artfact.com. Phone bids will also be accepted.
Chinese carved white jade is enormously popular with collectors and this sale has several pieces certain to spark bidding wars. One is a fine carved white jade ceremonial coupe with figural floral handles and a silver inlay wooden fitted base. The glowing translucent specimen, measuring 2 ½ inches in height and weighing 197 jade grams, should sell for $30,000-$50,000.
Another is a carved white jade relief boulder depicting a scholar’s mountain scene. Like its predecessor, this lot is also a glowing translucent specimen, with russet suffusions. It is larger, however, measuring 9 ¾ inches in height by 7 ¼ inches in width, plus a wooden base height of 2 ¼ inches. The jade weight is 3,152 grams. The piece is estimated to command $15,000-$25,000.
Chinese carved red coral sculpture pieces and groups are also highly collectible and will be offered in abundance in this sale. One lot certain to get paddles wagging is a stunningly carved 19th century sculpture depicting a covered urn adorned with flowers, vines, peaches and birds. Standing 12 ¾ inches tall, on a fitted wooden base, it should sell for $20,000-$30,000.
Two other red coral lots expected to do well include a fine hand-carved group depicting immortals with flying dragons and attendants, plus flowers and crashing waves, 10 ½ inches tall on a fitted silver inlay base (est. $20,000-$25,000); and a sculpture of Shou Xing standing with peach and dragon staff, attendants and children, on a fitted wooden base (est. $15,000-$25,000).
Rounding out the star lots of the red coral category are a standing Buddha on a lotus blossom base with lilies, 11 inches tall, with a fitted wooden base (est. $10,000-$15,000); and a finely carved 19th century sculpture depicting a standing Guan Yin holding a platter with flowers, 19th century, standing 7 ½ inches tall on fitted silver inlay wooden base (est. $10,000-$15,000).
Hand-carved Chinese jadeite will also be offered. Lots include a blue beast group of two mythical animals shown in a playful pose, in a color emulating Ru ware, a favorite of Qing Dynasty ceramic artists, 2 ½ inches tall (est. $10,000-$15,000); and a jadeite meiren figure with translucent white and apple green to spinach colors, 10 ¼ inches in height (est. $8,000-$12,000).
Moving from China to France, an early 20th century French ormolu mounted porcelain centerpiece