Chinese Imperial Zitan Side Table Sells for $182,500
Chinese Lacquer Table Screen Achieves $170,500
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Doyle New York's Asian Works of Art auction on September 13, 2010 attracted strong competition from an international audience of buyers. The vastly Asian audience in the standing-room-only salesroom offered formidable competition against absentee bidders, Internet bidders and telephone bidders from a number of countries. In all, the sale totaled $2,027,166 -- within the pre-sale estimate of $1,699,300-2,450,600 -- with 69% sold by lot and 80% by value.
The highest price was achieved by a Chinese Imperial zitan side table that sold to a buyer from China for $182,500. The table was decorated with five-clawed dragons -- symbols of the Emperor. Often considered the most precious of all woods, zitan was a commodity so expensive and highly prized that existing stores of it were safeguarded in the Imperial warehouse and were restricted for use by the Imperial Palace Workshop.
Also of note was a 19th century Chinese cinnabar lacquer table screen framed in zitan wood that sold for $170,500 to a Chinese buyer. The lacquer panel was inlaid with jade, quartz, ivory and wood depicting flowers in vases set on tables, and the black lacquer reverse featured incised gilt inscription.
A colorful Chinese cloisonne covered offering dish with the Qianlong Four-Character Mark and of the Period sold to a buyer from China for $116,500, and a Chinese marble carving of an Immortal seated on a rockwork base gazing upward at an image of Buddha sold to a buyer from New York for $86,500.
Bronzes were highlighted by a 17th/18th century Tibetan gilt-bronze figure of Vajrapani seated on a prostrate figure on a double lotus base and measuring 7 1/2 inches in height that achieved $80,500 from a buyer in Hong Kong. A pair of 19th century Chinese bronze guardians dressed in full armor and measuring 32 inches in height were purchased for $80,500 by a New York buyer. A buyer from the Southwest bought a 16th century Ming Dynasty Chinese gilt-bronze Avalokitesvara, 22 inches in height and seated in dhyanasana on a lotus throne, for $62,500.
The selection of Chinese ivories featured a 17th century ivory teapot carved with cartouches depicting narrative scenes and measuring 5 inches in height that sold for $46,875 to a buyer from Florida.
Chinese jades performed exceptionally well at the sale, highlighted by a Chinese jade boulder measuring 7 inches in height and carved in relief with a boy on a buffalo within a mountain landscape that sold for $37,500 to a buyer from the United Kingdom. An 18th/19th century Chinese celadon jade teapot of squared form and decorated with panels of blossoming branches sold to a Chinese buyer for $31,250. A Chinese buyer purchased a Chinese white jade pendant carved with a dancing boy holding a lingzhi fungus man and measuring 2 1/2 inches for $31,250.
Chinese porcelains included a Chinese Republic Period famille rose glazed porcelain vase set with dragon head and scroll handles and painted with the '100 boys' theme, height 15 1/2 inches, that sold to a buyer from New Jersey for $25,000. A late 18th/19th century Chinese enamel circular band measuring 2 inches in height and decorated with rabbits and birds in landscape settings sold to a buyer from Florida for $20,000. A buyer from New York purchased a 19th century Chinese famille verte glazed porcelain fish bowl measuring 21 3/4 in height for $20,000.
Paintings were highlighted by an 18th century depiction in ink and color on silk of an Immortal riding in an elephant drawn cart attributed to Wang Shouqi that sold for $18,750 to a Chinese buyer.
Next Asian Works of Art Sale
Doyle New York’s next Asian Works of Art sale will take place in March 2011. For information, please contact Marley Rabstenek at 212-427-4141, ext 299 or email [email protected]