Monumental 19th century Chinese porcelain palace vase will headline Tremont Auctions' April 23 sale A monumental Chinese porcelain palace vase made around 1870 with lovely pate-sur-pate pagoda decoration will headline Tremont Auctions' important Asian works of art auction on Sunday, April 23rd.
of carved jade in the auction will include a white stone finial with russet shading from the Yuan period (1279-1368) of a hawk attacking a swan; an 18th century surface carved grey stone disk with black markings of two Kuei dragons flanking a mythical animal; and an 18th century white with a greenish hue stone ring, oval form and carved as a feathered dragon.
Other carved jade pieces will feature a late 19th century covered jar, stone of a grey-white color with russet veins and having a surface carved in high relief with dragons and clouds; and a pale celadon jade pendant in the form of a scabbard ornament, made in the 18th century with a large area of russet and having a surface carved with a Tao Tieh mask and archaic Chinese scrolling.
Bronze offerings will include a 19th century Chinese archaic style bronze bell, Chung, with archaic scrolling and Kuei dragons, on a rosewood stand carved with dragons; an 18th century gilt bronze Buddha image, made in Tibet and showing Kubera, the God of Wealth, seated on an engraved throne; and an 18th century Sino-Tibetan gilt bronze figure of Yama, 7 inches tall.
Two lots of Japanese vases, both from the Meiji period (1868-1912) will cross the auction block. One is a pair of cloisonné vases with silver wire work, decorations showing landscapes and geese with flowers and borders of floral scrolling. The other is a Japanese Satsuma ware pottery vase with a melon-shaped body, decorations of flowering plants in red and blue and green enamels.
Not to be outdone, China will also weigh in with beautiful vases of its own, including a pair of 19th century Roleau-shaped vases with Kuei dragon handles and a thunder meander border at the mouth with a band of celadon, both 24 ½ inches tall; and a 19th century drum-shaped celadon vase with a foo dog jump ring and two-character Hsuan Ho mark on the base, 8 ¾ inches tall.
Gorgeous Chinese porcelain plaques will also some up for bid, to include an 18th century plaque shaped in the form of a double gourd vase having gilt wan brocade ground with blue bats and reverses with the characters Tai Chi (“Great Good Luck”); and an early 20th century white glaze plaque housed in a nice rosewood frame and having a surface decorated with birds and flowers.
Artworks will feature an 18th century Chinese bamboo root carving of the figure Liu Hai, with his magic frog, 9 inches tall; and an album of paintings signed by the Chinese artist Wu Hu Fan (1894-1968), depicting 13 landscapes (one on each page), and with a lavender brocade cover.
Rounding out just some of the day’s expected top lots are a Chinese snuff bottle carrying the Ch’ien Lung mark and period (1735-1796), with a decoration of stylized mallow flowers on a pale yellow ground, just 2 ¾ inches in height; and a signed Chinese bamboo brush pot from the 18th century, having a surface carved in