Famille rose plaques achieve $463,000 at Michaan’s

Two famille rose porcelain plaques sold for $463,000. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Two famille rose porcelain plaques sold for $463,000. Michaan’s Auctions image.

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Michaan’s Fine Asian Works of Art auction on June 23 was a resounding success, raking in over $2.4 million. Over 400 lots of fine Asian antiquities were presented to the world market with a variety of Chinese ceramic plaques doing exceedingly well.

LiveAuctioneers.com facilitated Internet live bidding.

The star of the day was lot 7435 consisting of two famille rose porcelain plaques. The Republic period pieces by Wang Qi (1884-1937) were a rare find, resulting in a rapid succession of phone and live bids that pushed the final sale to an amazing result: $463,000. The pair was estimated at $20,000-$30,000.

The plaques reflected the overall success of the ceramics offered.

Some noteworthy ceramic lots included a folding screen inset with porcelain plaques that sold for $59,000 (lot 7431, est. $20,000-$30,000), four miniature Republic period plaques (lot 7430, $2,000-3,000) that sold for $35,400, and a highly anticipated Yixing molded dragon bowl that realized $38,350 (lot 7395, $30,000-$50,000).

Huanghuali furniture also dazzled bidders, with multiple sales pushing past the $50,000 mark. A pair of horseshoe back armchairs accompanied by a side table sold for $100,300 (lot 7291, $50,000-$70,000), along with a comparable furniture grouping that realized $64,900 (lot 7290, $50,000-$70,000). Yet another pair of huanghuali horseshoe back chairs sped past estimates, selling for $64,900 (lot 7289, $5,000-$7,000). Also of note was an armchair that attained $53,100 (lot 7292, $30,000-$40,000).

Works of art performed well. A prestigious landscape hanging scroll by Shanghai artist and scholar Wu Hufan (1894-1968) also carried a provenance from the Thunig Collection (lot 7342, $50,000-$70,000). The painting sold for $59,000, as did another landscape scroll attributed to artist Tang Yin (1470-1523) listed as lot 7317 at an estimate of $50,000-$70,000. Rounding out sales from the section was an album of 12 fan paintings by Dai Xi (1801-1860) that sold for $26,550 (lot 7328, $6,000-$8,000), an album of 40 albumen silver prints that sold for $26,550 (lot 7354, $8,000-$12,000) and an imperial edict of the Daoguang period (1821-1850) that for $17,700 (lot 7353, $3,000-$5,000).

Categorically, Asian works of art saw a wide variety of top sellers at auction. The top five of the section included a cinnabar lacquer scroll form box (lot 7277, $3,000-$5,000) that sold for $38,350, a pair of cloisonné enamel gourd motif vases (lot 7250, $10,000-$15,000) that sold for $38,350, a gilt splashed bronze vase (lot 7220, $15,000-$20,000) that sold for $35,400, a similar gilt splashed bronze censer (lot 7221, $20,000-$30,000) that sold for $32,450, and a collection of three amber carvings (lot 7253, $5,000-$7,000) that sold for $26,550.

Three lots of carved jades more than tripled estimates. In their order of performance a rare spinach jade double gourd-form wall vase sold for $23,600 (lot 7082, $4,000-$6,000), four Qing dynasty carved pendants made $21,240 (lot 7050, $5,000-$7,000), and a group of three carvings realized $16,520 (lot 7041, $3,000-$5,000).

For information call Michaan’s Auctions at 510-740-0220 ext. 0 or e-mail info@michaans.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Two famille rose porcelain plaques sold for $463,000. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Two famille rose porcelain plaques sold for $463,000. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Four small famille rose porcelain plaques sold for $35,400. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Four small famille rose porcelain plaques sold for $35,400. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Set of 16 famille rose porcelain plaques sold for $59,000. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Set of 16 famille rose porcelain plaques sold for $59,000. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Pair of huanghuali horseshoe-back armchairs and a side table sold for $100,300. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Pair of huanghuali horseshoe-back armchairs and a side table sold for $100,300. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Wu Hufan (1894-1968) landscape sold for $59,000. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Wu Hufan (1894-1968) landscape sold for $59,000. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Cinnabar lacquer scroll-form box, Qing Dynasty, sold for $38,350. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Cinnabar lacquer scroll-form box, Qing Dynasty, sold for $38,350. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Four jade pendants sold for $21,240. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Four jade pendants sold for $21,240. Michaan’s Auctions image.