Large, important 19th century Chinese porcelain screen with four famille rose panels brings $126,900 A large, important 19th century Chinese porcelain screen consisting of four large panels – each one famille rose, with mountain scenes and elders – sold for $126,900 at Elite Decorative Arts June 14th
News-Antique.com - Jun 19,2014 - BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – A large, important 19th century Chinese porcelain screen consisting of four large panels – each one famille rose, with mountain scenes and elders – sold for $126,900 at a Fine Asian Carvings & Works of Art Auction held June 14th by Elite Decorative Arts, in the firm's gallery located in Quantum Town Center (1034 Gateway Boulevard) in Boynton Beach.
The screen had actually been offered in a previous Elite Decorative Arts auction, but the winning bidder, a man from China, was overzealous and couldn’t make good on payment. So the lot was re-introduced in this month's sale and assigned a modest estimate of $30,000-$40,000. The final price realized was $5,000 more than the winning bid in the previous sale, so justice did prevail.
“We've strengthened our bidder approval process, but it's a delicate balance between accepting bidders and requiring additional information or a deposit for approval,” said Scott Cieckiewicz of Elite Decorative Arts. The porcelain screen, a truly gorgeous piece with the four panels mounted in a carved wooden frame and measuring 38 ½ inches by 46 ¾ inches, was the top lot of the sale.
Just under 50 people held bidder cards in person at the event, while thousands more participated online, through LiveAuctioneers.com (1,325 registered bidders) and Invaluable.com (1,316 registered bidders). “There's always a strong internet component whenever we feature Asian items,” Cieckiewicz said. Also, a handful of people submitted left (absentee) and phone bids.
Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include a 21 percent buyer's premium for winning bids submitted online, and 18 percent for in-person and phone bids.
Chinese red coral carvings are always a huge hit with collectors and this sale had several great examples. One grouping, depicting a family tree, with birds and a carved flower arrangement, 15 ½ inches tall, was the auction's second top lot, bringing $90,750. Also, a massive hand-carved red coral depicting a Quan Yin, 9 ½ inches tall on a one-inch footed base, topped out at $30,250.
Another Chinese carved red coral rendering of a Quan Yin dressed in a beautiful carved gown standing on a patch of flowers, standing 7 inches tall, changed hands for $5,566; while a large Chinese carved red coral grouping of a Quan Yin with children, boasting a fabulous carved detail of a bird of paradise holding a necklace to the back of the Quan Yin's head, topped out at $6,665.
A large, palace-size Chinese porcelain famille rose fish bowl from the Guangxu Period (circa 1875-1908), 21 ¾ inches in diameter, with cleverly painted fish to the interior and the exterior displaying dragons, birds and flora climbed to $16,520; and a Chinese silver dragon footed bowl with two dragon handles and various panels of dragons and people throughout, realized $3,509.
Japanese lots were highlighted by an ink and brush watercolor painting by the noted and listed French/Japanese painter Leonard Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968), titled The Bolivian Shepherd, artist signed and dated 1932 ($18,150). Also, an antique Japanese