RICHMOND HILL, Ontario – More than 500 fine Chinese carvings, ceramics and works of art – including jade and Tianhuang stone carvings, ceramics, jewelry, watercolor paintings, silver – will be sold to the highest bidder on Thursday, Sept. 10, by 888 Auctions at 1 p.m. Eastern time. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.
Exceptional porcelain ceramics continue to be in high demand and the September sale will feature two magnificent lots. Collectors will find Lot 377: a Chinese porcelain Dayazhai vase with the mark of Yongqing. Bearing a three-character Dayazhai mark on body and decorated with auspicious designs featuring clusters of peonies and orchid on the turquoise ground, the vase carries a high estimate of $10,000.
Lot 382 features a fine pair of 18th century famille rose porcelain vases. Each vase is painted to the body with a circular panel depicting European horsemen and dogs. The base bears the mark of Qianlong. The pair of vases is expected to exceed $24,000.
Stone carvings are a mainstay in sales of 888 Auctions and this sale is no exception. Collectors of unique items of antiquity will find Lot 106: a Sabean antique ceremonial stone dagger. Hailing from the kingdom of Sheba, it is carved of natural pink marble stone in the form of Omani Khanjar. Decorated with the sun god on the sheath as well as the blade, the dagger commands a $50,000 high estimate.
Although not quite possessing the history of the Sabean ceremonial dagger, the unique rarity of Tianhuang stone makes Lot 115 a remarkable item. Slotted at Lot 115, the 19th century Chinese Tianhuang stone carved dragon seal is signed with artist’s signature and features a carved base. The seal carries a $30,000 high estimate.
Lot 238 features a Chinese imperial white jade carved seal. Intricately carved in open relief, the coiling dragon is surmounted atop a square seal base. The white and gray-toned white jade seal carries a $30,000 high estimate.
Lot 431, fine gilt bronze Chinese cloisonné vase will attract bidders’ interest. The vase is of Meiping design and bears the mark of Qianlong. Estimated to be from the 18th century and 19th century, the conservative $30,000 high estimate reflects both its quality and its age.
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