ASHBURN, Va. – Oakridge Auction Gallery will hold an Asian art & antiques sale on June 12-13, 2021. It will feature more than 500 lots separated into two sessions: Chinese ceramics and works of art on June 12, and Buddhist art and porcelains from private collections on June 13. Both sales commence at 10 am Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Boasting more than 300 lots, the Chinese ceramics and works of art session is packed with Chinese art dating from the Spring and Autumn period through to the modern day. There are beautiful carvings in all shapes, sizes, and types of jade, and delicate porcelains that are highly sought after.
The highlight of the session is an exquisite blue and white porcelain vase depicting the Battle of Red Cliffs. This Chinese vase dates from the Kangxi period, but it tells the much older story of the legendary fight, which took place at the end of the Han Dynasty. Considered by some historians to be the largest naval battle in history, the battle restructured political boundaries within China and sowed seeds of hostility between these regions that would last for centuries. This battle is depicted on two sides of the square vase, and the other two sides feature inscriptions narrating the scenes. The vase’s shape and subject matter are emblematic of the famous Kangxi period, and similar works can be found in major museums around the world. It has an estimate of $27,000-$35,000.
Other lots in this session include a blue and white landscape planter, estimated at $20,000-$30,000, a pair of Mughal style jade marriage bowls dating to the Qianlong period, estimated at $15,000-$25,000, and a group of jade carvings on a turquoise boulder dating to the 18th century, estimated at $12,000-$18,000.
The June 13 Buddhist art and porcelains from private collections session features a number of pieces spanning the last two millennia of Asian history. The highlight is a magnificent Tibetan Buddhist butter lamp with a dedicatory inscription dating the piece to 1640. Standing under four inches tall, there is nothing modest about this solid 21.6K gold lamp. It is masterfully molded and clearly incised with a Tibetan inscription proclaiming this piece to be only one of four ever made. It is estimated at $165,000-$200,000.
Other important lots include a bronze Shakyamuni Buddha dating to the early Ming dynasty, estimated at $30,000-$40,000, a bronze Buddhist Tara from the Swat Valley in Pakistan dating to the 8th or 9th century, and estimated at $20,000-$30,000; and a bronze Vishnu from the Pala Empire of Northern India dating to the 12th or 13th century, estimated at $22,000-$30,000.
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