Chinese Works of Art

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Date of the auction: 18.03.2019

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A VERY RARE GOLD AND SILVER-INLAID 'DOUBLE PHOENIX' VASE, ZUN

Ming dynasty Cast in the form of two birds, joined side-by-side, their necks twisted with the undersides touching and their open beaks forming the mouth of the vase, one wing of each bird and one tail acting as supports, the four legs of the birds neatly tucked under the body, the crests, brows

Lot #: 501

Estimate: US$40,000 - US$60,000

Date: 18 Mar 2019

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A SMALL BRONZE FIGURE OF GUANYIN

Qing dynasty Solidly cast, the figure holding a scroll in her right hand as she sits demurely in lalitasana, her body enveloped in cascading garments and an elegantly hooded cowl framing her head turned to one side and her eyes downcast in meditation. 4 1/2in (11.5cm high

Lot #: 502

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

Date: 18 Mar 2019

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A PAIR OF BRONZE LOBED VASES

Ming dynasty Each cast with a baluster-shaped body surmounted by a trumpet neck divided into eight lobes, the base of the neck encircled with a raised collar with petal lappets over the shoulder, all supported on integral stands raised on four ruyi-form feet. 13 1/4in (34.3cm) high

Lot #: 503

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

Date: 18 Mar 2019

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A bronze tiger-form weight

Han dynasty The crouching figure finely cast with three legs extended to the front, the other splayed to the right with long tail curled around the lithe body touching the low tucked head, traces of gilt showing under the heavy patina. 2 3/4in (6.9cm) long

Lot #: 504

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

Date: 18 Mar 2019

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AN ARCHAIC BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSEL, JUE

Late Shang dynasty,12th/11th century BCE Raised on three blade-form supports, the U-shaped body elegantly cast with a wide band of taotie masks separated by vertical flanges and reserved on an elegant leiwen ground extending to cicada blades under the flared spout and rim and set off by two

Lot #: 505

Estimate: US$6,000 - US$9,000

Date: 18 Mar 2019

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A silver-inlaid bronze ferrule

Late Eastern Zhou dynasty, 3rd century BCE Cast with a flat end and an almond shaped opening, with a raised band at its mid-section, the body inlaid with silver in abstract bird forms. 4 7/8in (12.5cm) high

Lot #: 506

Estimate: US$7,000 - US$10,000

Date: 18 Mar 2019

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A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF GUANYIN IN A GROTTO

Song dynasty Cast clad in a dhoti and scarf, adorned with a necklace and a tiara fronting the high chignon, seated in lalitasana on a separately cast platform with removable stylized grotto of pierced and pointed rocks framing the figure like a mandorla, all secured with linchpin tabs to a platform

Lot #: 507

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

Date: 18 Mar 2019

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AN ARCHAIC BRONZE RITUAL TRIPOD VESSEL AND COVER, DING

Warring States period, 5th/4th century B.C. Of compressed spherical form, the rounded sides set with opposing high relief taotie handles suspending loose rings, the three waisted short tubular legs smoothly emerging from the base, interrupting a short foot ring encircling the flat foot, the sides of

Lot #: 508

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

Date: 18 Mar 2019

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A GILT-LACQUERED BRONZE FIGURE OF ZHENWU

Ming dynasty Cast seated, dressed in a dragon robe, open at the chest to reveal the plate armor beneath, the hands resting on the knees with the left held in the two-fingered Daoist sword mudra, the bare feet visible beneath the hem, the long hair swept back falling behind the shoulders and reaching

Lot #: 509

Estimate: US$7,000 - US$10,000

Date: 18 Mar 2019

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A RARE AND LARGE GILT-LACQUERED BRONZE FIGURE OF MAHASTHAMAPRAPTA

Ming dynasty Heavily cast in great detail, portrayed seated in dhyanasana, the left hand in vitakamudra and the right in dhyanamudra, the palms of both hands and the soles of the feet incised with the 'wheel of the Buddhist law', dressed in loose robes with elaborate lotus scroll borders, open at

Lot #: 511

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

Date: 18 Mar 2019

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A magnificent and massive pair of huanghuali inlaid hat-chests

17th/18th century Of rectangular form, each frame of mortise and tenon construction with massive well-figured doors of a warm, honey tone and set off by a removable central stile, the front panels finely inlaid with shell, hardwood, glass, soapstone and select hardstones creating a composition of

Lot #: 512W Y

Estimate: US$200,000 - US$300,000

Date: 18 Mar 2019

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A Huanghuali and mixed wood altar coffer

18th century Made with a two-panel top set within a rectangular frame with everted flanges, supported on wide slightly splayed legs of square section flanked by shaped spandrels, set with three drawers above a pair of doors above a finely beaded apron with curved spandrels, the hinges and lock

Lot #: 513W Y

Estimate: US$30,000 - US$50,000

Date: 18 Mar 2019

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A Huanghuali low table

17th century The top set into a rectangular frame with a molded edge, supported by beaded legs at the corners terminating in hoof feet and joined by beaded humpbacked stretchers joined by four vertical struts on the long side and two on the short sides, the wood of an attractive amber hue. 18 1/2 x

Lot #: 514W Y

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

Date: 18 Mar 2019

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A huanghuali low rectangular table, Kang

17th century The finely-patinated top formed from well-figured sections, above a recessed frieze ornately carved with floral scrolls, all standing on four shaped cabriole legs descending from a symmetrically-scalloped frieze carved with a raised edge. 33 6/8 x 11 1/2 x 19in (86 x 29 x 49cm

Lot #: 515Y

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

Date: 18 Mar 2019

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A RARE CHENXIANGMU RUYI SCEPTER

19th century Well carved to form a gnarled branch intertwined with creeping vines that snake along its length, issuing tendrils along the way and culminating at the top in a tangle of branches and vines that form the head of the scepter. 16in (40.5cm) long

Lot #: 516Y

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

Date: 18 Mar 2019

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A chenxiangmu brushpot, BITONG

19th century Of irregular section, the straight upright sides carved in relief with a profusion of trees and shurbs, including pine, bamboo, lingzhi, pomegranate, peony and prunus, all growing from behind a row of garden rocks encircling the flat foot. 6in (15.2cm) high

Lot #: 517Y

Estimate: US$8,000 - US$10,000

Date: 18 Mar 2019

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A HARDWOOD CORNER LEG SIDE TABLE, BANZHUO

Mid Qing dynasty With a single panel top set within a rectangular frame, with upward turned lotus lappets above the waist, the shoulders and legs carved in relief with a meandering floral pattern, above openwork aprons with sinuous kuilong interlaced with archaic scrolls, the dragons chasing flaming

Lot #: 518W Y

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

Date: 18 Mar 2019

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A reticulated hardwood ovoid box and cover

Qing dynasty The two fitted halves closing to form a compressed melon or gourd-shaped container enmeshed within a swirling lattice of raised relief and undercut chilong and lingzhi patterns, the wood of uniform dark purplish hue. 3 1/2in (9cm) long (2

Lot #: 519Y

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

Date: 18 Mar 2019

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A pair of zitan-framed jade and hardstone inset lacquer panels

Qing dynasty The sturdy zitan framing members intricately carved with intermittent fronds of archaistic scrolls against a ground of dense repeating geometric patterns, enclosing the tall rectangular russet lacquer displaying an attractive craquelure and inset with numerous multi-hued jade and

Lot #: 520Y

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

Date: 18 Mar 2019

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A huanghuali brushpot, bitong

Qing dynasty Of cylindrical form, the slightly waisted body rising to lipped rim, the tightly grained wood in variegated brown tones, the foot fitted with a separately carved wooden plug. 9in (22.9cm) high

Lot #: 521Y

Estimate: US$18,000 - US$24,000

Date: 18 Mar 2019

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An exceptionally rare pair of Imperial famille rose 'quails and...

Yongzheng six-character marks and of the period Each finely potted with a hemispherical body supported on a short tapered foot ring, the exterior superbly enameled with a pair of quail with finely articulated feathers, one standing on a stippled, verdant ground, the other on a mossy blue garden

Lot #: 522Y

Estimate: US$300,000 - US$500,000

Date: 18 Mar 2019

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A RARE YELLOW-GROUND GREEN-ENAMELLED 'PEACH AND BIRD' BOWL

Yongzheng six-character mark and of the period Well potted with deep rounded sides supported on a tapered foot ring, the exterior finely incised and reserved in green enamel against the yellow-glazed ground with a repeated pattern of a fruiting peach tree and blossoming sprays growing adjacent to a

Lot #: 523

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

Date: 18 Mar 2019

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A FINELY CARVED 'CHICKEN BONE' JADE 'MARRIAGE' BOWL

Qianlong Well carved with straight sides rising from a flat well, carved in low relief with a roundel featuring two ripe melons growing from leafy vines, flanked by a pair of loop handles suspending loose rings, surmounted by pierced butterflies at the rim, the exterior carved with archaistic

Lot #: 524Y

Estimate: US$30,000 - US$50,000

Date: 18 Mar 2019

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A RARE 'CHICKEN BONE' JADE 'TAOTIE' CENSER AND COVER

Qianlong Well carved with a bowl-shaped body surmounted by a waisted neck and square-lipped rim, the sides finely carved in low relief with a band of taotie masks, flanked by stylized mythical beast head handles, the base carved with three mythical beast masks above three-toed claws that appear to

Lot #: 525

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

Date: 18 Mar 2019

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A RARE JUNYAO MOON-WHITE GLAZED NUMBERED NARCISSUS BOWL

Early Ming dynasty Potted with shallow rounded sides rising from a flat recessed well, supported on three ruyi-shaped feet emerging from the short circular foot ring, the rim bordered with twenty evenly-spaced bosses between two narrow raised ridges, with seventeen further bosses encircling the base

Lot #: 526Y

Estimate: US$80,000 - US$120,000

Date: 18 Mar 2019

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A FINE AND RARE WHITE JADE BOWL

Qianlong incised four character mark and of the period Superbly carved with deep rounded sides rising from the flat well to a gently everted rim, the neatly-cut short, straight foot ring enclosing the four-character kaishu script reign mark on the flat foot, the lustrous, translucent stone of white

Lot #: 527Y

Estimate: US$30,000 - US$50,000

Date: 18 Mar 2019

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AN VERY RARE GILT AND ENAMELED PORCELAIN FIGURE OF AMITAYUS

Qianlong Portrayed seated in dhyanasana, the hands held in dhyanamudra and supporting a amrita kalasha adorned with jewels picked out in iron-red enamel, wearing sanghati with borders of undulating lines between raised pearls, the serene expression with downcast eyes, flanked by elongated earlobes

Lot #: 528Y

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

Date: 18 Mar 2019

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A RARE INCISED 'IMMORTAL EMBLEM' JADEITE BOWL

19th century Carved with wide flaring sides rising from the well to a lipped rim, supported on a short slightly flared foot ring, the sides thinly carved to display the translucency and bright green stone with cloudy white inclusion and apple-green streaks, the exterior incised with a ribbon-tied

Lot #: 529Y

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

Date: 18 Mar 2019

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A FINELY CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER 'IMMORTALS' BOX AND COVER

Qianlong Made in the outline of a lingzhi head, the top of the cover finely carved with two immortals crossing a sea of turbulent waves atop large peaches borne on leafy branches, one immortal playing a flute and the other holding a peony sprig, the sides of the cover and box carved with a honeycomb

Lot #: 530

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

Date: 18 Mar 2019

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POWDER-BLUE GLAZED AND GILT 'LANDSCAPE' BRUSHPOT, BITONG

Kangxi Of slightly waisted cylindrical form, the exterior covered with a powder-blue glaze and finely painted in gilt with a scene of fishermen on a boat punting along a river with rocky banks, past a thatched pavilion, the foot centered with a countersunk circle surrounded by an unglazed ring, the

Lot #: 531Y

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

Date: 18 Mar 2019