Chinese red coral sculptures soar to top honors at Elite Decrative Arts' Nov. 2nd auction in Florida A Chinese hand-carved red coral sculpture of four Guan Yin and a Chinese hand-carved red coral group figure depicting two Guan Yin each knocked down for $66,550 at Elite Decorative Arts' Nov. 2 sale.
Impressionist work ($13,570). All five were recently valued by Christie’s for between $12,000- $30,000 each.
A collage on metal by Victor Vasarely (Fr., 1906-1997), depicting a Monochrome Violet design, 39 ¾ inches square, signed and mounted in a chrome tone metal frame, rose to $15,730; a still life of flowers in a vase by Nell Blaine (Am., 1922-1996), signed and mounted in a gold and white painted wooden frame, went for $13,730; and a bonded acrylic on canvas of a majestic stallion by Judith Dazzio (b. 1942), titled Wild Passion, 30 inches by 40 inches, made $13,915.
Returning to Chinese objects, a Qing Dynasty (circa 19th century) palace-sized hand-carved figural jadeite scholar’s desk brush washer of slightly tapered oval form, 8 ½ inches tall by 27 inches in length, with the exterior carved to depict nine raised Chih lung dragons amidst lingzhi form clouds atop crashing waves, weighing a total of 92 pounds, topped out at $23,600.
A Chinese hand-carved white jade boulder depicting a mountain city scene and depicting what is called “Kong Cheng Ji” (or the “Stratagem of the Empty City” where occupants open the gates of a non-fortified city to confuse and frighten approaching armies) hammered for $21,830. The 9 ¾ inch tall translucent jade specimen featured russet suffusions and a fitted wooden base.
A pair of fine Chinese relief-carved and pierced pale green translucent hetian jade incense holders in a fitted presentation box – each one having a continuous scholar’s mountain landscape scene depicting pagodas, rock formations, trees, waterfalls and bridges – breezed to $21,240. Each holder stood just under 10 inches tall (including covers and spinach jade bases).
Rounding out just some of the auction’s top lots, a rare Chinese antique hand-painted enameled Grisailles planter, with a flower and leaf design over yellow ground, from the Qing Dynasty (Tongzhi to Guangzu, circa 1862-1908) realized $12,980; and a stunning Bensabbot (Chicago) sterling silver and jade hook desk set with a gold wash magnifying glass and letter opener, made circa 18th or 19th century (and decorated by Bensabbot later on) garnered $11,798.
Elite Decorative Arts’ next big auction is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 23, also in the Boynton Beach gallery, starting promptly at 1 p.m. (EST). Offered will be over 300 lots of fine art, bronzes and Chinese works. Previews will be held Friday, Nov. 22, from 11-5, and Saturday from 11-1. Again, Internet bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com and Artfact.com.
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