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.) high...

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

Date: 30 May 1991

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...

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

Date: 30 May 1991

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, the face well carved and the hair drawn up into a chignon behind the foliate diadem, traces of...

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

Date: 30 May 1991

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 masks at the shoulders and a celestial scarf billowing behind the head and trailing down the sides...

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

Date: 30 May 1991

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 headdress ribbons incised with floral motifs, his rounded square face with downcast eyes, wearing a...

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

Date: 30 May 1991

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 face cast in ferocious expression with teeth bared and brows drawn together in a scowl below an...

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

Date: 30 May 1991

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...

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

Date: 30 May 1991

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...

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

Date: 30 May 1991

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 loss to cover, hole to underside repaired - 15 3/4 in. (40 cm.) long...

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

Date: 30 May 1991

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 further chilongs - 19 in. (48.5 cm.) wide...

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

Date: 30 May 1991

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...

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

Date: 30 May 1991

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, stained a deep reddish-honey color with black stain on the hair--8 3/4 in. (22.2cm.) high, wood stand...

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

Date: 30 May 1991

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 necklace, stained a reddish-honey color--8 5/8 in. (20.8cm.) high, wood stand...

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

Date: 30 May 1991

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...

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

Date: 30 May 1991

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 other plain but with the addition of a spout and handle, mark cut on the base, restored - 4 3/8 in...

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

Date: 30 May 1991

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 grasshopper which rests on a leaf at the rim beside a small butterfly, of deep honey color, minor...

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

Date: 30 May 1991

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 intertwined as two clamber onto the keyfret-carved rim, of deep honey-brown color, minor restoration--5 3/8...

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

Date: 30 May 1991

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 in the form of a fantastic animal, the elephant surmounted by two crouching assistants holding a...

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

Date: 30 May 1991

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...

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

Date: 30 May 1991

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...

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

Date: 30 May 1991

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 incised with a lengthy dated inscription and seal--4 and 7 3/4 in. (10.2 and 19.7cm.) long (2...

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

Date: 30 May 1991

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 pointed end - 26 in. (66.4 cm.) long, on an elaborate carved wood stand...

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

Date: 30 May 1991

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 carved wood stand...

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

Date: 30 May 1991

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 8cm.) long (2...

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

Date: 30 May 1991

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 stand (2...

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

Date: 30 May 1991

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 in relief and highlighted in green pigment and gilding, all within a fitted, gilt-decorated, dark...

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

Date: 30 May 1991

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 scrolling lingzhi on the top, the lower section decorated with four shou medallions flanked by...

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

Date: 30 May 1991

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 left hand raised as if to hold a spear, his full face well-carved below a bald head incised with fine...

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

Date: 30 May 1991

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 forehead and long beard finely incised with hair markings, all incising stained black, the well-polished...

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

Date: 30 May 1991

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...

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

Date: 30 May 1991