Coral sculptures sell for $66,550 at Elite Decorative Arts

Chinese hand-carved red coral figural group depicting two Guan Yin with flowers throughout. Price realized: $66,550. Elite Decorative Arts image.

Chinese hand-carved red coral figural group depicting two Guan Yin with flowers throughout. Price realized: $66,550. Elite Decorative Arts image.

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – A Chinese hand-carved red coral sculpture of four Guan Yin – Buddhist deities of mercy and compassion – from the Qing Dynasty, and a Chinese hand-carved red coral group figure depicting two Guan Yin with flowers throughout, each knocked down for $66,550 to share top lot honors at Elite Decorative Arts’ Nov. 2 auction.

LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

The sale featured Chinese works, fine decorative arts and fine artworks. Three hundred of the 370 lots met or exceeded their reserves.

By the time the final hammer came down, the sale had grossed $735,000. “It was one of our better auctions,” said Scott Cieckiewicz of Elite Decorative Arts.

The red coral sculpture grouping of the four Guan Yin stood just shy of 11 inches tall and was estimated to be from the Tongzhi reign (circa 1862-1874) of the Qing Dynasty. The lot included a certificate of antiquity from the Hong Kong Art Craft Merchants Association from 1985. It was appraised then for $50,000. Each figure was beautifully and meticulously hand-carved.

The same bidder who purchased that lot also bought the one immediately following it: a 14 1/2-inch-tall Chinese hand-carved red coral group depicting two maidens holding sheng and pipe instruments. A phoenix and crane can also be seen. A rock formed the base with high relief flowers. The piece sold for $41,140, so the two purchases combined topped $100,000.

The other Chinese carved red coral group that realized $66,550 was larger than either of the two just described (19 inches tall). A fitted wooden base was included in the total height. One other Chinese carved red coral group that did well was a finely carved sculpture depicting a standing Guan Yin holding a platter with flowers, 7 1/2 inches tall, circa 19th century. It sold for $15,125.

Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include the buyer’s premiums.

Fine artworks were abundant and did exceptionally well. An oil on canvas still life of a cup with fruit by the Mexican artist Pedro Coronel (1923-1985), titled Naturaleza Muerta, 31 1/2 inches by 44 1/2 inches, fetched $33,880. Coronel was a painter, sculptor, engraver and draftsman. In 1946 he went to Paris, were he studied under artists Victor Brauner and Constantin Brancusi.

Five paintings by German-born American artist Wolf Kahn (b. 1927) did well. These included the works Tree Dance ($16,520), Forest Murmurs ($29,500), Red Shed, Blue Sky ($13,570), Ruisdale, New Hampshire ($25,960) and an untitled impressionist work ($13,570). All were recently valued by Christie’s for between $12,000-$30,000 each.

A collage on metal by Victor Vasarely (French, 1906-1997), depicting a monochrome violet design, 39 3/4 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 (American, 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-size hand-carved figural jadeite scholar’s brush washer of slightly tapered oval form, 8 1/2 inches tall by 27 inches in length, with the exterior carved to depict nine raised Chih lung dragons amid 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 nonfortified city to confuse and frighten approaching armies) hammered for $21,830. The 9 3/4-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 of 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.

For further information contact Elite Decorative Auctions by phone: 561-200-0893 or email an inquiry to info@eliteauction.com.

Click here to view the fully illustrated catalog for this sale, complete with prices realized.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Chinese hand-carved red coral figural group depicting two Guan Yin with flowers throughout. Price realized: $66,550. Elite Decorative Arts image.

 

Chinese hand-carved red coral figural group depicting two Guan Yin with flowers throughout. Price realized: $66,550. Elite Decorative Arts image.

Antique Qing Dynasty period Chinese hand-carved red coral sculpture depicting four Guan Yin. Price realized: $66,550. Elite Decorative Arts image.

 

Antique Qing Dynasty period Chinese hand-carved red coral sculpture depicting four Guan Yin. Price realized: $66,550. Elite Decorative Arts image.

Oil on canvas by Wolf Kahn (American/German, b. 1927), titled ‘Forest Murmurs,’ done circa 1991. Price realized: $29,500. Elite Decorative Arts image.

 

Oil on canvas by Wolf Kahn (American/German, b. 1927), titled ‘Forest Murmurs,’ done circa 1991. Price realized: $29,500. Elite Decorative Arts image.

Oil on canvas by Pedro Coronel (Mexican, 1923-1985), titled ‘Naturaleza Muerta,’ 31 3/4 inches by 44 1/2 inches. Price realized: $33,880. Elite Decorative Arts image.

Oil on canvas by Pedro Coronel (Mexican, 1923-1985), titled ‘Naturaleza Muerta,’ 31 3/4 inches by 44 1/2 inches. Price realized: $33,880. Elite Decorative Arts image.

Bonded acrylic on canvas by Judith Dazzio (b. 1942), titled ‘Wild Passion,’ 30 inches by 40 inches. Price realized: $13,915. Elite Decorative Arts image.

 

Bonded acrylic on canvas by Judith Dazzio (b. 1942), titled ‘Wild Passion,’ 30 inches by 40 inches. Price realized: $13,915. Elite Decorative Arts image.

Chinese hand-carved white jade boulder depicting a mountain city scene, 9 3/4 inches tall. Price realized: $21,830. Elite Decorative Arts image.

 

Chinese hand-carved white jade boulder depicting a mountain city scene, 9 3/4 inches tall. Price realized: $21,830. Elite Decorative Arts image.

Rare antique Chinese hand-painted enameled Grisailles-decorated yellow ground planter, 14 inches tall. Price realized: $12,980. Elite Decorative Arts image.

 

Rare antique Chinese hand-painted enameled Grisailles-decorated yellow ground planter, 14 inches tall. Price realized: $12,980. Elite Decorative Arts image.