Auction 30.05.1991

Christie's
New York, Park Avenue

Date of the auction: 30.05.1991

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A BLACK BASALT SEATED FIGURE OF BUDDHA

A BLACK BASALT SEATED FIGURE OF BUDDHA PROBABLY LATE TANG DYNASTY Seated in dhyanasana , the right hand in vitarka mudra , the left in bhumisparsa mudra , his robes tied at his chest and falling over the square kang -form base, his face with a pleasant, peaceful expression - 11 1/4 in. (28.5 cm

Lot #: 1

Estimate: US$5,000 - US$6,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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A PARTIALLY GILDED GRANITE HEAD OF BUDDHA TANG DYNASTY

A PARTIALLY GILDED GRANITE HEAD OF BUDDHA TANG DYNASTY Modeled with benign expression, long ears and tightly knotted curls below a mound usnisa , traces of gilding and colored pigments on the gray-green stone - 12 in. (30 cm.) high, stand

Lot #: 2

Estimate: US$4,000 - US$6,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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A PAINTED WOOD FIGURE OF A BODHISATTVA

A PAINTED WOOD FIGURE OF A BODHISATTVA YUAN DYNASTY Shown seated in maharajalilasana upon an outcropping of rock, wearing a scarf draped around the back and right arm and looped through the necklace and across the torso, the loose skirt tied with a sash and falling in graceful folds around the body

Lot #: 3

Estimate: US$5,000 - US$7,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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A MASSIVE GILDED BRONZE FIGURE OF GUANDI

A MASSIVE GILDED BRONZE FIGURE OF GUANDI MING DYNASTY The standing figure wearing an elaborate helmet and armour bound with straps issuing from the mouths of monster masks, including a large, upside-down mask held at the waist by the belt, a pelt suspended from its double horn, with further monster

Lot #: 9

Estimate: US$25,000 - US$35,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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A GILT-LACQUERED BRONZE FIGURE OF A BODHISATTVA

A GILT-LACQUERED BRONZE FIGURE OF A BODHISATTVA MING DYNASTY Cast seated in dhyanasana with hands clasped together in abhiseka mudra , dressed in loose flowing robes open at the chest, displaying a wan emblem and falling in deep folds onto the flat circular base, the borders of the robes and

Lot #: 13

Estimate: US$6,000 - US$8,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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A LARGE WELL-CAST BRONZE FIGURE OF GUANDI

A LARGE WELL-CAST BRONZE FIGURE OF GUANDI MING DYNASTY The god of War shown seated on a throne, with right hand resting on his hip and socketed, possibly to hold a sword, the left hand raised in a fist before his chest, wearing elaborate armor, including chain mail, with cast foliate borders, the

Lot #: 14

Estimate: US$6,000 - US$8,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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A LARGE LOBED BRONZE VASE

A LARGE LOBED BRONZE VASE MING DYNASTY The broad pear-shaped body divided into six lobes rising from the flared, circular foot to the mouth rim, with a mottled reddish-brown and green patina - 13 1/8 in

Lot #: 15

Estimate: US$5,000 - US$7,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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A SILVER-INLAID BRONZE FIGURE OF GUANYIN

A SILVER-INLAID BRONZE FIGURE OF GUANYIN INLAID SIZHOU MARK, 18TH/19TH CENTURY Seated in quiet repose with right leg raised, a scroll in her left hand, her robe edges inlaid with silver scrolling foliage and cloud motifs - 10 in. (25.5 cm.) high

Lot #: 16

Estimate: US$2,500 - US$3,500

Date: 30 May 1991

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A BRONZE ELEPHANT CENSER AND PIERCED COVER

A BRONZE ELEPHANT CENSER AND PIERCED COVER 18TH CENTURY Modelled as a richly caparisoned elephant, the cloud collar saddle cloth cast with lotus above a blanket cast with a relief phoenix on each side amongst clouds, the pierced cover formed as a coiled three-clawed dragon amongst clouds, minor claw

Lot #: 17

Estimate: US$6,000 - US$8,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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A LARGE BRONZE GLOBULAR CENSER, COVER AND STAND

A LARGE BRONZE GLOBULAR CENSER, COVER AND STAND CAST SEAL MARK TO CENSER BASE, QING TONG XIAN ZHI , KANGXI The body cast with large chilong handles and another chilong clambering around the sides between lotus lappets, the stand with cloud motif apron, the cover with pierced low relief clouds and

Lot #: 18

Estimate: US$4,000 - US$6,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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A BUFFALO HORN CARVING OF THE HEHE ERXIAN

A BUFFALO HORN CARVING OF THE HEHE ERXIAN 18TH CENTURY Carved as two young boys, one standing and holding a circular box, the other seated at his side, both with jovial expressions and wearing loose robes belted at the waist, of bright reddish-orange hue, foot chip, 5 in. (12.9cm.) high, wood stand

Lot #: 20

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$4,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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A WELL-CARVED HORN GROUP OF A FEMALE IMMORTAL AND ATTENDANT

A WELL-CARVED HORN GROUP OF A FEMALE IMMORTAL AND ATTENDANT 19TH CENTURY Both shown seated atop a recumbent mythical beast, the immortal wearing loose robes and with left arm draped langorously over her head while listening to the sound of the flute played by the attendant seated in front of her

Lot #: 22

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$4,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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A HORN CARVING OF A FEMALE IMMORTAL

A HORN CARVING OF A FEMALE IMMORTAL 19TH CENTURY The body swayed to follow the curve of the horn, standing atop a dragon and waves while holding a willow leaf switch over her left shoulder and pouring the elixir of life from a bottle in her left hand, wearing elaborate robes and a long beaded

Lot #: 24

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$5,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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A SMALL RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION VESSEL

A SMALL RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION VESSEL 18TH CENTURY Formed as a magnolia bud and carved on the exterior with small flower buds, the tendrils forming the foot and rising to the handle, handle possibly re-cut - 4 3/4 in. (12 cm.) wide

Lot #: 25

Estimate: US$3,500 - US$4,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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TWO RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION VESSELS

TWO RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION VESSELS THE FIRST 17TH/18TH CENTURY, THE SECOND POSSIBLY SONG DYNASTY One with an archaistic taotie and key-pattern band, further carved with crawling chilongs , some at the simple pierced handle, the foot buffalo horn, minor restorations - 6 5/8 in. (17 cm.) wide; the

Lot #: 26

Estimate: US$5,000 - US$7,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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A FINELY CARVED RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION CUP

A FINELY CARVED RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION CUP 18TH CENTURY Carved in the form of a large lotus leaf rising from a tangle of stems which form a handle at one end and bear a blossom, bud and further leaves which continue around the sides, some of the leaves carved as if partially eaten, perhaps by the

Lot #: 29

Estimate: US$6,000 - US$8,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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A WELL-CARVED ARCHAISTIC RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION CUP

A WELL-CARVED ARCHAISTIC RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION CUP 18TH CENTURY The lower body carved in low thread relief with a wide band of taotie masks, separated by a ribbed band from two panels of archaistic dragons on either side of the flared neck, the handle formed by three dragons, their bodies

Lot #: 30

Estimate: US$5,000 - US$6,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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A WELL-CARVED BAMBOO ELEPHANT GROUP

A WELL-CARVED BAMBOO ELEPHANT GROUP 18TH CENTURY The wrinkled hide of the large beast partially covered by a blanket decorated with diaper pattern, its head sharply turned towards a foreign entertainer or magician standing by its side, the latter holding a large cash and wearing a brimmed cap carved

Lot #: 31

Estimate: US$6,000 - US$8,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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A HORN CARVING OF TWO COURT LADIES

A HORN CARVING OF TWO COURT LADIES 18TH/19TH CENTURY Finely pierced and carved as two female figures conversing over a root-form table and examining a book, both similarly dressed in flowing robes, their hair piled high in elaborate coifs, of rich reddish-brown color - 4 in. (10.4 cm.) high

Lot #: 32

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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A RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION CUP

A RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION CUP 17TH/18TH CENTURY The vessel of knobby trunk form, a gnarled pine branch forming the handle and spreading to the sides and over the undulating rim into the interior, of reddish-brown color, restored rim chip - 5 7/8 in. (15 cm.) wide

Lot #: 33

Estimate: US$7,000 - US$9,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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TWO BAMBOO SCHOLAR'S ARTICLES

TWO BAMBOO SCHOLAR'S ARTICLES 18TH CENTURY One a libation cup well carved as a pine tree stump, the gnarled branches carved in high relief around the sides, lined in copper; the other a wrist rest carved in low relief with the moonlight boating excursion described in "Ode to the Red Cliff", and

Lot #: 35

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$5,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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A MASSIVE HONEY-TONED RHINOCEROS HORN VESSEL

A MASSIVE HONEY-TONED RHINOCEROS HORN VESSEL 19TH CENTURY, CIRCA 1840 Of natural form, carved as a lotus vessel at the thick end supported by rockwork and trees including magnolia, pine and sterculia, and carved with various figures, some equestrian, at leisure above waves and fish towards the

Lot #: 37

Estimate: US$20,000 - US$30,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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A LARGE DARK-TONED RHINOCEROS HORN VESSEL

A LARGE DARK-TONED RHINOCEROS HORN VESSEL 19TH CENTURY, CIRCA 1840 Of natural form, carved as a lotus vessel at the thick end with a cloud border above figures, birds and deer amongst pine, prunus and other flowers rising from rockwork at the pointed end - 23 in. (58.5 cm.) long, on an elaborate

Lot #: 38

Estimate: US$12,000 - US$15,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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TWO SMALL AMBER CARVINGS

TWO SMALL AMBER CARVINGS 18TH/19TH CENTURY One well carved on each side with a swan and its cygnets swimming in a pond framed by grasses below and an arched handle of tree boughs above, the other a carving of a seated woman wearing long, full robes and holding a basket--4 and 3 1/8 in. (10.2 and

Lot #: 39

Estimate: US$6,000 - US$7,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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TWO IVORY SCHOLAR'S ARTICLES

TWO IVORY SCHOLAR'S ARTICLES 18TH CENTURY Comprising a small flower-form brushwasher carved around the sides with blossoming branches, and a joss stick holder carved and reticulated with peony blossoms and a five character hall mark, yu tang chun fu gui --2 5/8 and 5in. (6.7 and 12.8cm.) long, wood

Lot #: 40

Estimate: US$1,500 - US$2,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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A SET OF SIX INK CAKES IN A LACQUER BOX

A SET OF SIX INK CAKES IN A LACQUER BOX EACH WITH THE MOLDED SIGNATURE OF HU KAIWEN ON THE SIDES, 19TH CENTURY Each cake of different shape and finely and variously molded on one side with a figural scene, the reverse incised with an inscription within a recessed panel surrounded by foliate borders

Lot #: 41 A

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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A RARE CARVED COCONUT SHELL HAT BOX

A RARE CARVED COCONUT SHELL HAT BOX 18TH CENTURY The stepped cover carved in low relief with decorative bands of dragons racing amidst foliate scroll, phoenix separated by peony sprays, phoenix in flight amidst trailing clouds, and a band of scattered prunus blossoms, all below further dragons and

Lot #: 42

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$5,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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TWO WELL-CARVED SOAPSTONE FIGURES OF IMMORTALS SEATED ON LIONS

TWO WELL-CARVED SOAPSTONE FIGURES OF IMMORTALS SEATED ON LIONS 18TH CENTURY, LIONS 19TH CENTURY One depicting the immortal Lu Dongbin, holding a fan-shaped fly-whisk in one hand and with his sword hung across his back, his robes finely incised with clusters of prunus blossoms, the other rider with

Lot #: 43

Estimate: US$6,000 - US$8,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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A SOAPSTONE FIGURE OF SHOULAO ON A ROCKWORK BASE

A SOAPSTONE FIGURE OF SHOULAO ON A ROCKWORK BASE 18TH CENTURY Well carved holding a ruyi sceptre in one hand, wearing long robes finely incised with shou characters and peach branches interspersed with clouds, with foliate borders and tied with a cord hung with 'jade' ornaments, his high domed

Lot #: 44

Estimate: US$9,000 - US$12,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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A PAIR OF BIFURUNG SEALS

A PAIR OF BIFURUNG SEALS 18TH CENTURY The stone of whitish muttonfat tone delicately carved on the tops with a large chilong with bifurcated tail entwined around an arch-shaped handle and confronting a smaller chilong , the seals carved later - 3 1/16 in. (7.8 cm.) high (2

Lot #: 45

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$4,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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A RARE HUALI ALTAR CHEST 17TH CENTURY

A RARE HUALI ALTAR CHEST 17TH CENTURY The chest with one long and two short drawers, each delicately carved with archaistic dragons above the shaped apron and short cabriole feet, the flat panelled top set with a pierced gallery with a high back carved with a figure seated on a qilin on a pierced

Lot #: 45 A

Estimate: US$5,500 - US$7,500

Date: 30 May 1991

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A CHINESE PAINTING ON SILK

A CHINESE PAINTING ON SILK 18TH CENTURY Depicting a European gentleman in a tricorn gently tickling another European gentleman sleeping in a doorway with a fine feather under his nose, a young boy stifling a giggle by his side, another bearded man with a Chinese lady and child painted three-quarter

Lot #: 47

Estimate: US$8,000 - US$12,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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A FINE AND RARE EUROPEAN SUBJECT REVERSE PAINTING ON GLASS

A FINE AND RARE EUROPEAN SUBJECT REVERSE PAINTING ON GLASS CIRCA 1810 Well painted with a scene from a play by Shakespeare, most likely the 'Merry Wives of Windsor', depicting two well-dressed women conversing in a lush garden while another eavesdrops from behind a tree, a flower-bedecked garden urn

Lot #: 48

Estimate: US$10,000 - US$15,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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FOUR ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOL PAINTINGS

FOUR ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOL PAINTINGS MID-19TH CENTURY Oil on paper, two laid on canvas, two laid on board, each approx. 32 1/2 x 53 1/4 in. (82.5 x 135 cm.), some restoration (4

Lot #: 49

Estimate: US$12,000 - US$18,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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A LARGE IMPERIAL YELLOW-GROUND SILK EMBROIDERED RECTANGULAR DRAGON PANEL

A LARGE IMPERIAL YELLOW-GROUND SILK EMBROIDERED RECTANGULAR DRAGON PANEL 19TH CENTURY Worked with a bold full-frontal gold-couched dragon hovering above an auspicious basket confronted by a pair of gold dragons in pursuit of flaming pearls, all amidst scattered cloud scrolls and bats and above the

Lot #: 50

Estimate: US$4,000 - US$6,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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A CHINESE SILK DRAGON CARPET

A CHINESE SILK DRAGON CARPET 19TH CENTURY The main field woven with central dragon roundel surrounded by four triangular dragon panels at the four corners, all against a ground of interlocking stylized floral tendrils, bordered by dotted-line and key-fret pattern bands at the edges, all picked out

Lot #: 51

Estimate: US$14,000 - US$18,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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AN UNUSUAL CANTON ENAMEL EUROPEAN SUBJECT RECTANGULAR PLAQUE

AN UNUSUAL CANTON ENAMEL EUROPEAN SUBJECT RECTANGULAR PLAQUE YONGZHENG/EARLY QIANLONG The plaque slightly convex and the corners rounded, well painted with a European woman reading to a group of young boys, all surrounded by trees with a town in the distance, restoration - 5 1/2 in. (14cm.) long

Lot #: 52

Estimate: US$6,000 - US$8,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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A SMALL CANTON ENAMEL EUROPEAN SUBJECT RECTANGULAR PLAQUE

A SMALL CANTON ENAMEL EUROPEAN SUBJECT RECTANGULAR PLAQUE 18TH CENTURY The plaque slightly rounded at the edges, decorated with two European figures reclining on the ground in conversation, one leaning against a pillow, the other against a tree, surrounded by a pink diaper ground, chips--5 1/4 in

Lot #: 53

Estimate: US$800 - US$1,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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A FINE PAIR OF EUROPEAN SUBJECT ORMOLU-MOUNTED ENAMEL PLAQUE BELTHOOKS

A FINE PAIR OF EUROPEAN SUBJECT ORMOLU-MOUNTED ENAMEL PLAQUE BELTHOOKS QIANLONG The rectangular plaques painted in mirror image with a lady holding a flower and wearing a low-cut dress, her hair tied with a pearl band set with a flowerhead, standing before bushes near an urn atop a column, all on a

Lot #: 54

Estimate: US$4,000 - US$6,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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TWO SMALL CANTON ENAMEL VESSELS

TWO SMALL CANTON ENAMEL VESSELS 18TH CENTURY One a quatrefoil wine cup painted on the interior with blossoms scattered on a white ground, the exterior of ruby-red color, and with a gilt-metal handle formed as a bamboo twig to one side; the other a flattened ovoid snuff bottle, decorated with a pink

Lot #: 55

Estimate: US$600 - US$800

Date: 30 May 1991

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A GUYUEXIAN STYLE BEIJING ENAMEL WINE CUP

A GUYUEXIAN STYLE BEIJING ENAMEL WINE CUP QIANLONG FOUR CHARACTER MARK IN BLUE WITHIN A DOUBLE SQUARE AND OF THE PERIOD Well painted in delicte famille rose enamels with realistic renderings of pink and yellow roses, blue asters and narcissus growing from a painterly formation of rocks against a sky

Lot #: 56

Estimate: US$5,000 - US$7,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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A FAMILLE ROSE CANTON ENAMEL SQUARE COOKER

A FAMILLE ROSE CANTON ENAMEL SQUARE COOKER QIANLONG The sides decorated with four vignettes of figures at various pursuits within blue dragon scroll borders reserved on a ground of gilt-decorated black foliate scroll, with a pair of metal C-scroll handles on two sides, the cover with two pastoral

Lot #: 57

Estimate: US$6,000 - US$8,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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A FAMILLE ROSE CANTON ENAMEL SAUCER DISH

A FAMILLE ROSE CANTON ENAMEL SAUCER DISH QIANLONG Well painted with a dragon leaping amidst clouds within a flower-form reserve on a ground of mauve diaper pattern below a band of bats and lotus scroll in the well and a band of gilt-decorated foliate scroll at the rim, the exterior decorated with a

Lot #: 58

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$4,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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A FAMILLE ROSE MYTHOLOGICAL SUBJECT CANTON ENAMEL CUP

A FAMILLE ROSE MYTHOLOGICAL SUBJECT CANTON ENAMEL CUP 18TH CENTURY Well painted with three European subject reserves, possibly depicting mythological scenes, surrounded by a rich, dense pattern of composite foliate scroll reserved on a bright blue ground, the interior enameled in pale blue, some

Lot #: 61

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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A CANTON ENAMEL EUROPEAN SUBJECT BLACK-GROUND CUP

A CANTON ENAMEL EUROPEAN SUBJECT BLACK-GROUND CUP FIRST HALF 18TH CENTURY The sides decorated with three vignettes of European subjects, a courting couple, she holding a flower, another couple with the man blowing a horn and the woman playing cymbals, the third with a man and a woman viewing a

Lot #: 62

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 30 May 1991

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A PAIR OF EUROPEAN SUBJECT CANTON ENAMEL SMALL SQUARE DISHES

A PAIR OF EUROPEAN SUBJECT CANTON ENAMEL SMALL SQUARE DISHES 18TH CENTURY Each decorated with European subjects, one a courting couple, the other with two merchants and a boy holding a coral branch, within gilt-decorated, black foliate scroll borders in the well, repeated on the exterior, base with

Lot #: 63

Estimate: US$1,500 - US$2,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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A PAIR OF JESUIT CANTON ENAMEL SMALL SAUCER DISHES

A PAIR OF JESUIT CANTON ENAMEL SMALL SAUCER DISHES 18TH CENTURY Each painted with European figures in a pastoral setting, the scenes most likely depicting scenes from the life of Christ, one depicting the Holy Family with the infant Saint John the Baptist and another figure in a landscape, the

Lot #: 64

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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A SMALL CANTON ENAMEL EUROPEAN SUBJECT BLACK-GROUND SAUCER DISH

A SMALL CANTON ENAMEL EUROPEAN SUBJECT BLACK-GROUND SAUCER DISH FIRST HALF 18TH CENTURY Painted with a European figure seated beneath a tree drinking wine from one of the jars surrounding him, with European landscapes alternating with flower sprays in panels reserved on the rim, the exterior painted

Lot #: 65

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 30 May 1991

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A RARE PAIR OF MASSIVE CANTON ENAMEL CHARGERS

A RARE PAIR OF MASSIVE CANTON ENAMEL CHARGERS QIANLONG Each painted in a famille rose palette with women and a group of boys at play in a terraced garden, two boys fighting, one climbing a tree, one riding a hobby horse, one reading, another being offered a peach by one of the women and two watching

Lot #: 66

Estimate: US$18,000 - US$25,000

Date: 30 May 1991

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A CANTON ENAMEL EUROPEAN SUBJECT BOWL

A CANTON ENAMEL EUROPEAN SUBJECT BOWL 18TH CENTURY The sides well painted with groups of European figures most likely representing scenes from the life of the Christ Child, with a band of blue foliate scroll on the foot rim and a keyfret border on the mouth rim, chips to enamel on foot rim--4 1/2

Lot #: 68

Estimate: US$1,500 - US$2,000

Date: 30 May 1991