News-Antique.com - Mar 11,2016 - Exceptional is the best word to describe Elder’s upcoming Asian and Decorative Arts online auction. This auction consisting of over 200 lots of rare and classical antiquities from Asia and Europe dating from 400 BC up to early 20th century, most coming from one collection bringing fresh and rare items to the market. Many categories will be represented with emphasis on Asian especially in the areas of Chinese, Tibetan and Japanese. Other fine items will complete this sale in categories of Ancient and Ethnographic, Ceramics, Furniture, Decorative Arts, Clocks, Metalware, Textiles, Silver and Vertu. This is an auction that will not disappoint considering the quantity and quality of items in this sale.
Don Elder feels that the importance of the Chinese and Tibetan items being offered will draw special attention with active bidding. Examples of such pieces include a large Chinese Ming Dynasty gilt iron Bodhisattva Bust, at 21 1/2 inches tall it attains its original gold gilding to the crown. A rare Sino Tibetan 18th c. Gilt silver Elephant with jade tusks and inset coral will be highly sought after, as well as a Tibetan 17th c. or earlier Bronze Kubera. A magnificent Chinese Qing Dynasty Daoist Priests Robe heavily embroidered with gold metallic thread depicting dragons and flying cranes should also hold special interest. Examples of some other Asian offerings include a pair of large Chinese 18th c. Blanc de Chine Foo Dogs at 15” high and a Tibetan 18th c. Gilt bronze seated Vajrasatva.
Some fine Chinese porcelain will be included in this sale such as a Chinese Sung Dynasty Qingbai Porcelain Bowl; with its slightly bluish cast it achieves its true translucency making it the showpiece it deserves. From porcelains to jade, bidders will take notice on a rare Chinese 18th c. and Ming Dynasty Jade Belt-hook and Plaque Mounted Hand Mirror with carved jade backing and an early jade belt-hook handle.
The Japanese Decorative Arts is also highly represented with fine porcelains, cloisonné, bronzes, netsuke’s and ivory. An interesting Japanese Meiji Period Carved Ivory Okimono will be among the favorites.
Special attention will be focused on a important Faberge 18K Spinach Jade and Agate flower study depicting an arrangement of bleeding hearts in a cache pot, signed “HW” for one of Faberge’s most important work masters Heinrik Wigstrom.
Other leaders in the Silver and Vertu category include a Russian Shaded Enamel Gilt Silver Handled Pedestal Center Bowl having inset Chrysoprase cabochons add to that is a Pair of Russian tall stemmed Enameled Silver Sherbet Cups.
An example of fine English silver is a 19th c. Sterling Pedestal Cup and Lid by silversmith George Fox, at 24 inches the base depicts a figural nymph of the seas supporting the cup that is adorned with figures of the god Trident and the lid having Poseidon as the finial, an overall truly impressive example of fine workmanship. This pedestal cup executed by George Fox is thought to come from an early 17th century Dutch design.