22/04/2021 News Stories & Press Release, Chinese, Japanese & South East Asian Art
Roseberys are proud to present the first Chinese, Japanese & South East Asian auction of the year, this time operating across two days. Day one of the sale, on Tuesday 18th May, will be Fine Chinese Art and Japanese Art & South East Asian Art, spanning from lots 1-290. Within this first sale on the 18th, there will be fifty objects from a private collection, consisting of some very fine Qing dynasty jade carvings, and a rare collection of Himalayan gilt bronze deities, lots 36 – 85. Day two of the auction on Wednesday 19th May, will include Chinese Art, spanning from lots 291 to 741.
Bill Forrest, Head of the Asian Art department comments ‘We are delighted to bring to a buoyant market a wonderful plethora of over 700 lots of East Asian works of art. We will be offering various private collections, including a wonderful accumulation of fifty lots predominantly consisting of fine Qing dynasty jade carvings and rare Himalayan gilt bronze deities. It is also a privilege to offer an exceptionally rare and large Chinese bronze tapir-form vessel, the first time a vessel of this date has been offered at auction in the UK for many years.’
Leading the highlights within the sale is lot 33, a rare Chinese gold and silver inlaid bronze tapir-form ritual vessel, zun, Yuan/Ming dynasty, that has been entered onto the market with an estimate of £50,000 - £80,000. The shape and inlaid gold and silver decoration of this vessel are based on archaic prototypes from the middle of the Warring States period (475-221 BC). Archaistic vessels of the present type are the result of tremendous interest in ancient bronzes during the Northern Song period, and their popularity has continued into the Yuan, Ming and Qing periods. An excavated example from Jiangsu is now in the collection of the Nanjing Museum. Other examples of the tapir-form vessel can be found in the collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei, Royal Ontario Museum, and in the exhibition, Bronzes de la Chine impériale des Song aux Qing, Musée Cernuschi in Paris.
Elsewhere in the auction, coming with an estimate of £4,000 - £6,000, is lot 22, a Chinese pale celadon jade ruyi-sceptre, made in the 17th-18th century. Carved with a phoenix in a rocky landscape, the long-curved shaft, decorated with flower tendrils and a phoenix in high-relief, measures 34cm long. The sceptre sits on a fitted wood stand carved with a pair of bats amongst ruyi-sprays. It is very rare to see such an early and well carved ruyi sceptre in jade on the market.
Coming with an estimate of £6,000 - £8,000 is lot 530, which is on offer within the second sale, on the 19th May. The rare Chinese yellow jade pendant, from the Western Zhou dynasty, measures 6.6cm long. The carved pendant as a stylised mythical beast with a goatee beard, is decorated with Greek key motifs to the body. Similar examples can be seen illustrated in Zhongguo Yuqi Quanji [Complete collection of Chinese jades], vol. 2: Shang/Western Zhou, Shijiazhuang, 2005, together with another example in the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing. The rare jade pendant was previously bought at Sotheby's Hong Kong auction on 27 November 2020, Lot 613.
Another exquisite example of jade on offer within the auction is lot 21, a pair of Chinese pale celadon jade bowls, from the 19th century. Each bowl is carved with deep sides and a slightly everted mouth rim, on the base of the bowls is an incised apocryphal Qianlong mark. The bowls equally measuring 17.5 cm diameter wide, and sit on finely carved openwork hardwood stands. The pair of bowls come with an estimate of £20,000 - £30,000.
Lot 283 on offer, is an oil on canvas, depicting a market scene, by Dutch artist Han Snel (1925-1998). The framed work of art measuring 60x50cm, was acquired between 1957 and 1962 in Bali. Han Snel was a fascinating artist, who was born in Holland and moved to Indonesia in the 1940s where he began to paint Bali life, subsequently converting to Hinduism. He soon became a citizen of Indonesia and was an integral part of the important art scene centred around Ubud. This painting comes with an estimate of £8,000 – £12,000.
Lot 24 is a rare Chinese rhinoceros horn 'Buddha's Hand' libation cup, made between the 17th and the 18th century, coming with an estimate of £10,000- £20,000. Measuring 15cm long and 8cm high, the libation cup is finely carved as a gnarled tree trunk, the handle carved as a leafy branch of a finger citron tree issuing fruiting branches, sat on a finely carved fitted zitan stand. The finger citron (citrus medica) is a motif rarely found on rhinoceros horn carvings and more commonly appears in combination with other symbolic plants.
A highlight porcelain object on offer within the sale is lot 16, a Chinese porcelain yellow-ground green-enameled 'dragon medallion' bowl. Measuring 14.5cm in diameter the bowl is Kangxi mark and of the period and comes with an estimate of £10,000 - £15,000. The bowl is incised and enameled in green to the exterior with four roundels of coiled dragons pursuing a flaming pearl, interspersed with cloud swirls above a lappet band above the foot. The interior of the bowl is decorated with a further dragon medallion, underglaze blue six-character mark within a double circle to base. One of several imperial porcelain yellow-glazed porcelains offered in this sale, it symbolises the epitome of Chinese imperial porcelain wares produced for the Emperor. Each piece exuding exceptional quality, and powerfully decorated with a dragon to represent the respective emperor.
Chinese, Japanese & South East Asian Works of Art
Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 May, starting on both days at 10am
Day 1: Tuesday 18 May – Asian Art I
To include Fine Chinese Art to include a private collection of fifty objects, Japanese Art & South East Asian Art: Lots 1-290
Day 2: Wednesday 19 May - Asian Art II
To include Chinese Art : Lots 291 – 741
Thursday 13 May: 1.00 pm – 5.00 pm (last appointment 4pm)
Friday 14 May: 9.30 am – 5.00 pm (last appointment 4pm)
Sunday 16 May: 10.00 am – 2.00pm (last appointment 1pm)
Monday 17 May: 9.30 am – 5.00 pm (last appointment 4pm)
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