NEW YORK – Gianguan Auctions will hold a special weekend auction on Saturday, May 30, at 10 a.m. Eastern time/10 p.m. Beijing time, which will present a fine collection of Chinese paintings and works of art having accessible estimates. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
The sale kicks off with Tianhuang and Shoushan stone seals and jade jewelry pieces followed by its classical and contemporary Chinese paintings and ceramics, bronzes and others works of art.
Leading the highlights of ink works is Lot 96, Zhao Shaoang, Birds on Lotus (above). Zhao has been recognized as one of the best flower and bird painters of his time. His careful observation of avian life and his use of Western painting techniques give his nature paintings vivid and lifelike presentation of the lotus with his brilliant brushstrokes (est. $6,000-$8,000).
A rare gilt-silver kundika in the auction represents a rare religious item from the Tang Dynasty. The vessel has an ovoid body with a short spout, a cup-shaped rim and a slender neck with a stepped collar. It is finely cast and embellished with turquoise and coral in geometric shaped triangles and lozenges. Around the globular body are racing mythical beasts that are cast in relief. A kundika of this type was used in Buddhist rituals for sprinkling holy water (est. $6,000-$8,000.
A Warring States gold and silver inlaid flask with cover could be the top lot of the sale. The exterior is finely inlaid in gold and silver with archaistic geometric design with two central confronting dragons. The inlaid decorations are in gold and silver wire and sheet (est. $10,000- $20,000).
From the Ming Dynasty is a fine and rare gilt silver filigree hair ornament of delicate design. It is composed of two openwork garden pavilions made of silver sheet, finely parcel gilt on a lattice-work terrace on a phoenix hairpin (est. $8,000-$15,000). A similar ornament is in the Jiangxi Provincial Museum. Estimated:
Another masterpiece in Tang Dynasty precious metalwork is the octagonal melon-lobed silver-gilt repoussé box and cover Lot 38. Each of the eight lobes is finely chased with scrolling grapevine incorporating gilt-phoenix in alternate lobes, all on ring punched ground est. $2,000- $3,000).
Scholars items include Lot 149, a Qing finely carved songhua stone eggplant-form inkstone. With curly vine, tendrils and leaves, the inkwell is carved to a conforming shape with a circular eye at the grinding surface and the small well, forming the sun and moon. It is signed Miao Quan Sun with the proverb inscription: “As Immutable as Stone” (est. $4,000-$8,000).
A masterpiece in Tang Dynasty precious metalwork is an octagonal melon-lobed silver-gilt repoussé box and cover, Lot 38. Each of the eight lobes is finely chased with scrolling grapevine incorporating gilt-phoenix in alternate lobes, all on ring punched ground est. $2,000- $3,000).
Together with a large collection of jadeite jewelry, scholars items and ceramics, with its symbolism and beauty, this weekend sale will attract young collectors and connoisseurs alike with items starting at accessible estimates of $100.
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