Chinese porcelains, Japanese ceramics lead Kaminski’s Aug. 17-18 auction

Extremely fine and rare Chinese Famille Rose vase with deer motif. Qianlong reign mark, 19th century. Est. $6,000-$8,000

BEVERLY, Mass. – Kaminski Auctions will present an extensive collection of Asian porcelains from a Wellesley, Massachusetts, collector in its August 17-18 sale, with absentee and Internet live bidding available through LiveAuctioneers. A Chinese “sacrifice blue” porcelain Yuhuchun vase, also known as a sapphire blue glaze, with the Yongzheng and double ring mark on the base is the prized lot of the collection. The vase measures 9¼ inches high and is on a carved wood stand. It was purchased in Hong Kong in the 1990s. Historically, this color of Chinese porcelain was used by the Royal family to make sacrifices to the gods in Heaven.

Another piece from the Wellesley collection is a Chinese lemon yellow-glazed porcelain teacup with white glazed interior and a blue and white Yongzheng mark on the base. It is presented on its original carved hardwood stand and valued at $10,000-$30,000. Another exceptional lot from the Wellesley collection is a pair of 18th-century Chinese enamel-on-porcelain bowls with the interior and exterior decoration having five-clawed flying dragons in a copper-red color with under-glazed blue and white clouds around the dragons, and the mark of Jing Wei Tang Zhi on the base. The bowls were purchased in Hong Kong in the 1960s and are estimated to bring $8,000-$12,000.

Pair of 18th-century Chinese enamel on porcelain bowls. Est. $8,000-$12,000

Chinese porcelain from the collection continues with a pair of Chinese celadon glazed porcelain bowls with the blue and white Daqing Daguang Nianzhi mark on the base. The duo is valued at $4,000-$8,000.

There are several impressive Buddhas in the sale, starting with a 13th- to 14th-century Chinese Ming bronze, cross-legged seated Buddha figure on a lotus throne. The bronze figure has two hands holding a multiplier. On the base is a carved flower mark, and in the front of the Buddha is a carved Ming Yongle mark.

A significant 18th-century Sino-Tibetan gilt bronze Buddha figure is portrayed on a lotus stand, with four-arms. It is valued at $6,000-$9,000. A gilt-bronze Buddha figure offered as lot #2136, is seated cross-legged on a stand held by lions, with both hands in the Buddhist position. It stands 9½ inches in height and is from a Georgia collection. Its estimate is $5,000-$8,000.

The sale continues with Chinese jade. An 18th-century carved white jade boat, with carved figures rowing, sits on a zitan wave-shaped stand. It is estimated to bring $5,000-$8,000. Also, on offer is a Chinese spinach-green jade censer decorated with the Taotie pattern, estimated in the same range.

18th-century Chinese carved white jade boat on carved-wood, wave-shaped stand. Est. $5,000-$8,000

Among other items of interest is a Chinese Qing carved gilt bronze bell with Chinese characters, a carved double dragon handle on top and flying dragon design around the body, valued at $5,000-$8,000. There is also a large selection of Famille Rose porcelain.

Chinese furniture highlights include a carved zitan table, a large Chinese huanghuali wood cabinet, and a 17th-century Chinese Tang Dynasty Luo Han huanghuali wood bed.

In addition to the vast collection of high-end Chinese antiques from a Connecticut estate, Kaminksi will offer a group of Japanese ceramics and Chinese antiques from the Frank Caro Gallery, formerly the gallery of the Chinese art dealer C.T. Loo.

19th-century Japanese vanity box with mother-of-pearl inlay, floral elements and carved figures. Acquired by collector from Frank Caro Gallery, successor to C.T. Loo & Co. Est. $700-$1,000

Among the more unusual items is a 19th-century Japanese vanity box with mother-of-pearl inlay, a 19th-century Japanese carved bone table screen with wood box, a Chinese Republic Period vase, and an antique Chinese scroll, with scroll weights in a wood box. There is also a collection of mid-century studio Japanese ceramics and bronzes. All were purchased by the consignor from Frank Caro, the successor to C.T. Loo.

Fine art in the sale includes an abstract painting that bears the signature of Max Ernst, a Moses Soyer reclining nude, an E. L. Kinloch, neoclassical Roman view, an Aldro Hibbard winter scene, and from a Florida estate an Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec pencil drawing of two gentlemen.

Aldro Hibbard (1886-1972), winter landscape, oil on board. Est. $2,000-$3,000

Jewelry highlights feature a double-strand South Sea pearl necklace with 14K yellow gold clasp and matching double-strand bracelet, and another South Sea pearl necklace with 18K yellow gold clasp measuring 24½ inches long from a Kaunakakai, Hawaii collection.

Furniture in the auction features an 18th-century English Chippendale chest-on-chest highboy from a Beverly, Massachusetts, collection; and an 18th-century Irish Chippendale mahogany console table from a Palm Beach, Florida, estate.