PRINCETON, N.J. – Lawrence Antique Gallery will sell approximately 480 lots of high-quality Asian antiques at auction on Thursday, Sept. 25, the second since its debut sale in late June. Liveauctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.
A rare imperial carved polychrome ivory panel within zitan frame, sourced from a Washington, D.C., estate, is expected to be the top attraction. The table screen is dated as Qianlong Dynasty (circa 1735-1796). Dyed carved ivory was inset on the pink and blue background. Many emblems were used in Chinese culture, such as the bat, gourd and peach, which represented happiness, prosperity and longevity, respectively. A Eurasian magpie standing on the branch, signifies a happy event coming soon. The zitan frame was carved with a cloud shape and inlaid with ivory of five bats around a sign of longevity.
Also noteworthy is a pair of sacrificial red glaze and famille rose imperial plates with a Yongzheng circa (1722-1735) mark and of the period. Colorful fruit was painted with details on the white background. The famille rose porcelain of this period was commonly believed to be the best colored porcelain made.
A huge antique painting of a gathering to celebrate a royal highness’ birthday, signed as Chou Ying by unknown artist, is one of the valuable paintings in the auction lineup. Numerous figures of generals, warriors, officials and court ladies were drawn on silk. This example is king-size among paintings having a similar topic.
Other properties offered in the sale are jades, bronze Buddha figures and elegant scholars’ objects.
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