Auction Totals Over $3 Million Amid International Competition
Chinese 19th Century White Jade Plaque Sells for $218,500
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Doyle New York's Asian Works of Art auction on March 21, 2011 attracted strong competition from an international audience of buyers. The mostly 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 $3,118,025, surpassing the pre-sale estimate of $1,617,550-2,397,000, with 69% sold by lot and 93% by value.
Highlighting the sale was a pair of Chinese 18th century Huanghuali cabinets that sold for $512,500 to a Chinese buyer, several times their estimate of $120,000-180,000. They were similar to another pair formerly in the collection of the Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture.
Jade objects were much sought after by the bidders and sold very strongly during the sale. A Chinese white jade plaque measuring 4 5/8 inches in length and carved in archaic style was the surprise of the auction when it achieved $218,500 from a Hong Kong buyer, far surpassing the pre-sale estimate of $4,000-6,000.
An impressive Qing dynasty jade eight-panel floor screen also attracted competition, selling for $182,500 to a buyer from China. Measuring over 8 feet in height, the screen was inset with carved jade panels depicting figures in landscape settings and various birds on blossoming branches. A diminutive Chinese 19th century jade sutra case pendant measuring 4 inches soared past its pre-sale estimate of $2,500-3,500 to fetch $56,250 from a Chinese buyer. A small Chinese white jade disc-shaped toggle measuring less than 2 inches in diameter and carved in low relief with a stylized character sold for $46,875, ten times its estimate of $3,000-5,000, to a buyer from China.
The selection of porcelains was highlighted by a Chinese 19th century jardiniere decorated in blue, white and red glazed with blossoming scrolling lotus between scrolling borders, diameter 28 inches, that flew past its estimate of $5,000-7,000 to achieve $80,500 from a Hong Kong buyer. A Chinese 20th century Famille Rose glazed bowl, diameter 6 inches and with the Qianlong six-character mark on the base, fetched a stunning $43,750 against an estimate of $400-600 from a Hong Kong buyer. A Hong Kong buyer also bought a Chinese green enameled engraved dragon dish with the Hongzhi six-character mark and probably of the Period, diameter 7 1/8 inches, for $37,500, surpassing its estimate of $20,000-30,000.
Chinese ivory objects featured a late 19th/early 20th century intricately carved model of a fishing raft complete with men and boys raising a diminutive net of fish, length 16 inches, that sold to a buyer from China for $62,500, more than ten times its estimate of $4,000-6,000. A Chinese 19th/20th century Chinese ivory seal carved as a foo lion with pup, height6inches, estimated at $10,000-15,000 fetched $53,125 from a buyer from China.
The selection of Chinese paintings in the sale was highlighted by a Qing dynasty Kesi of Avalokiteshvara depicting a four-armed Guanyin seated before a mandorla, with a Tibetan inscription, sold for $56,250 against an estimate of 6,000-8,000 to a Hong Kong buyer. An 18th/19th century Mahayana Sutra, called the Excellent Aeon, Buddhist canonical scriptures, comprised of script and paintings between painted wood covers, from the Estate of Braham Norwick, sold for $31,250, far surpassing its estimate of $800-1,200, to a Hong Kong buyer.
Other auction highlights included a Chinese 19th century cinnabar lacquer vase, height 12 1/2 inches, that sold for $43,750, far surpassing its estimate of $800-1,200, to a buyer form Hong Kong. A Chinese 24 kt. gold filigree bracelet achieved $34,375, against an estimate of $8,000-10,000, from a Hong Kong buyer. A Chinese 18th century polychrome painted soapstone figure of Liu Hai, god of wealth and prosperity, height 14 1/2 inches, fetched $31,250, more than triple the estimate of $7,000-10,000, from a buyer from China. Chinese textiles featured a 19th century silk robe embroidered with dragons and auspicious symbols over crashing waves that achieved $30,000, well over its estimate of $1,000-1,500, from a Hong Kong buyer.
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