Bidding for lapis lazuli mountain climbs to $72,500 at Kaminski
BEVERLY, Mass. – From exquisite jade and lapis lazuli, to huanghuali furniture and exceptional watercolor works, Kaminski Auctions Fine Asian Art and Antiques sale on Sept. 21 saw many lots sell far above original expectations. Internet live bidding was provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.
Selling at a final price of $72,500, the top lot of the day was a lapis lazuli mountain, carved in the form of a mountain with a coastal village scene with a gilt poem on the reverse. The highly intricate carving includes forms of small figures among houses and gnarled trees. The quality of carving sets this piece apart from other examples of worked lapis lazuli, as does its provenance. The piece was originally made in the 18th or 19th century, and then came into the collection of Zhang Guohe, a noted collector and dignitary who often collected pieces directly from the artists and their descendants.
Also among the top lots were four watercolor paintings from the collection of Zhang. All four paintings carry a personal dedication to the collector from the artist. The highest grossing of these was a mountain landscape by artist Lu Yan Shao, which sold for $38,000. A second work by the artist, also depicting a landscape, sold for $21,000. Other paintings from the collection included works by Li Xioncai and Dong Shou Ping, both important players in the development of 20th century Chinese paintings. The waterfall painting signed Li Xioncai fetched $26,000, while Dong Shou Ping’s study of bamboo sold for $29,000.
Carved jade pieces also performed well with multiple pieces selling for over $10,000. One Imperial jade dog ornament with a carved gilt Qianlong character in gilt reached a final hammer price of $16,000. The top selling jade piece of the day was a set of 13 jade belt plaques, with scrolling and dragon designs that sold for $19,000.
A gilt bronze Buddha figure carved on a double lotus base and seated in the bhumisparsha mudra position from the 17th or 18th century sold for $31,000. Carved furniture also performed well in the sale, with an 18th century zitan table selling for $14,000, and a pair of huanghuali chairs from the same century fetching $21,000.
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