The timing of the sale is key. It is being held during Asia Week, a hugely popular annual event that is centered in New York City and should attract the attention of bidders worldwide. Interest in, and appreciation of, Asian culture and Asian objects is at a peak during Asia Week (to be held Mar. 15-23). Elite Decorative Arts expects bidder participation to be keen as a result.
“We expect that this will be our largest Asian sale ever,” said Scott Cieckiewicz of Elite Decorative Arts. “It features a magnificent array of Asian antiques, to include jade, ivory, coral, rhinoceros, porcelain, stone carvings, fine jewelry, cloisonné, silver and more. We’ve front-loaded the best items into the first two days, but all four days will feature quality merchandise.”
Previews will be held on Friday, Mar. 15, from 11-5, and Saturday through Tuesday, Mar. 16-19 (auction days), from 11 a.m. until the first gavel comes down at 1 p.m. (EST). Phone and absentee bids will be accepted and online bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com and Artfact.com. “We’ve been saving our best Asian lots for this auction,” Mr. Cieckiewicz said.
The expected top lot of the sale is an 18th or 19th century figural lotus form rhinoceros horn libation cup with vine and leaves handle (est. $150,000-$200,000)
Chinese hand-carved red coral groups are a big hit with collectors. This sale has several, including a large group showing two maidens holding sheng and pipa instruments, on a rock form base with high relief flowers and a fitted wooden base; and a large and impressive depiction of two Guanyin with flowers throughout, with a fitted wooden base (both est. $40,000-$60,000)
Bidder interest should be keen for a pair of fine Chinese relief-carved and pierced pale green translucent hetian jade incense holders, each having a continuous scholar’s mountain landscape scene depicting pagodas, rock formations, trees, waterfalls and bridges (est. $40,000-$60,000)
Two Chinese scroll paintings are expected to command attention. One is a Zhang Da Qian scroll depicting a Guanyin carrying a vessel on a platter (52 ¼ inches tall). The other is a Li Chan scroll painting of a landscape scene with deer (56 ¼ inches tall). Both have calligraphy poems on the upper left, with signed red seals. Both are expected to realize $40,000-$50,000.
Fans of jade will be wowed by the fine antique Chinese spinach jade plaque depicting masterfully hand-etched calligraphy (est. $30,000-$45,000)
Also offered will be a stunning Chinese jadeite hand-carved vessel with a figural pitcher and urn design (est. $20,000-$30,000)
A gorgeous pair of antique (early 18th century) Chinese Qing Dynasty period hand-painted enameled famille verte porcelain hua form vases is expected to garner $16,000-$24,000. Each vase depicts courtyard scenes with women and children, and the band and foot depict flowers and fruit. Both of these vases measure 18 inches in height by 8 ¼ inches in diameter.
Speaking of pairs, the pair of Chinese Qing carved and polychromed ivory figures of a standing Han Emperor Liu Bang and Empress Lu Zhi should hammer for $10,000-$12,000. The emperor is shown holding a sword and tassel, while the empress is holding a figural lingzhi ruyi scepter. Both are wearing layered robes, with high relief dragons and phoenix amongst clouds.
From the fine jewelry category comes a stunning ladies’ 21kt yellow gold ring holding three cabochon bezel set stones (one round and two teardrop-shaped)
Rounding out just a handful of anticipated top lots is a fine and delicate Chinese vertical carved ivory Guanyin mountain scene tusk (est. $3,500-$4,500)
All purchases will be subject to a 15 percent buyer’s premium (for in-house and phone bids) or 18 percent if bidding online. Elite Decorative Arts is now accepting consignments for its Fine Decorative Arts Sale (Apr. 13). The next Asian auction will be held in June. To consign an item or collection, please call toll-free, at (800) 991-3340, or e-mail to email@example.com.
To learn more about Elite Decorative Arts and the March 16-19 auction, please log on to www.eliteauction.com. Photos of the lots being sold are already posted.