Pair of Yellow-Ground Medallion Bowls with Flowers, Daoguang
Pair of Yellow-Ground Medallion Bowls with Flowers, Daoguang
Classic Auction No. 714 from Berlin

Important Chinese and Asian Works of Art, Part I

2016-12-16T13:00:00.000Z2016-12-16T15:00:00.000ZBerlin & Onlinehttps://auctionata.com/en-us/s/1110/auction-important-chinese-and-asian-works-of-art-december-2016This auction marks the beginning of Auctionata’s December Asian Art Day with two premium auctions. It was curated in global cooperation by Auctionata’s Berlin and New York Departments for Asian Art. Among the exquisite selection of fine Chinese and Asian works of art of this first sale, we offer outstanding Chinese paintings and ceramic works of art, a very rare archaic ritual bronze vessel, Buddhist Chinese and Tibetan bronzes, fine jade carvings and jewelry, complemented by Indian miniatures and a few rare Japanese paintings. --- Highlights of the auction include a rare choice of paintings in the traditional Chinese painting manner by praised modern masters like Wang Xuetao, Cao Kejia, and others. These highly sought-after scrolls and framed works on paper have been collected by a Chinese connoisseur who lived and worked in Berlin since the 1970s, and who had acquired the paintings in the 1960s in China, mostly in Beijing. These works never showed up to the art market before and have been in German family property ever since. Please stay tuned for the upcoming second part of this thrilling Asian Art Day, taking place in New York soon after! Friday, December 16, 8:00 am EST
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This auction marks the beginning of Auctionata’s December Asian Art Day with two premium auctions. It was curated in global cooperation by Auctionata’s Berlin and New York Departments for Asian Art. Among the exquisite selection of fine Chinese and Asian works of art of this first sale, we offer outstanding Chinese paintings and ceramic works of art, a very rare archaic ritual bronze vessel, Buddhist Chinese and Tibetan bronzes, fine jade carvings and jewelry, complemented by Indian miniatures and a few rare Japanese paintings.
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Highlights of the auction include a rare choice of paintings in the traditional Chinese painting manner by praised modern masters like Wang Xuetao, Cao Kejia, and others. These highly sought-after scrolls and framed works on paper have been collected by a Chinese connoisseur who lived and worked in Berlin since the 1970s, and who had acquired the paintings in the 1960s in China, mostly in Beijing. These works never showed up to the art market before and have been in German family property ever since. Please stay tuned for the upcoming second part of this thrilling Asian Art Day, taking place in New York soon after!

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4 | A Fine Doucai Bowl with Floral Tendrils, Yongzheng Era
  • Porcelain with polychrome overglaze painting and underglaze blue
  • China, Yongzheng era (1723-1735)
  • Bowl of conical shape with slightly flaring sides on a straight stand ring
  • The well with a flower medallion, the exterior decorated with fine floral and leaf tendril motifs, framed by double lines in underglaze blue
  • The underside with a six-characters Yongzheng mark within a double circle in underglaze blue
  • Height: 6.8 cm; diameter: 12.2 cm
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10 | Pair of Yellow-Ground Medallion Bowls with Flowers, Daoguang
  • Porcelain with polychrome overglaze enamels and underglaze blue
  • China, Daoguang era (1821-1850)
  • Two bowls with softly flaring walls on a straight foot ring
  • On the exterior a fine yellow sgraffito ground with four medallions, each filled with painted design of garden flowers and lingzhi, in-between peach branches in Famille Rose and swastika emblems over a wavy border
  • The mirror with a lush underglaze blue décor of lingzhi amidst rocks and waves in medallion, framed by flowers
  • Underside with six-character Daoguang mark in underglaze blue
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18 |  Chen Shizeng, Autumn Flowers at Rock, Hanging Scroll, 20th C.
  • Ink and colors on paper
  • Mounted as hanging scroll
  • China, early 20th century
  • Chen Shizeng (Chen Hengke, 陈师曾/陳師曾, 1876-1923)
  • Autumn flowers at a rock
  • Titled, signed, and with two artist seals in red
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20 | Cao Kejia/Wang Xuetao, A Cat Beneath Flowers, Mid-20th C.
  • Ink and colors on paper
  • Mounted and framed behind glas
  • China, mid-20th century
  • Cao Kejia (曹克家, 1906-1979) and Wang Xuetao (王雪涛, 王雪濤, 1903-1982)
  • A young cat beneath flowers and bamboo
  • Inscribed, signed and with four seals of the artists
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31 | Archaic Bronze Vessel ZUN, Late Shang Dynasty, 12th-10th C. BC
  • Bronze
  • China, late Shang, early Western Zhou dynasty, ca. 12th-10th century BC
  • Ritual bronze wine vessel (ZUN) of cylindrical form with wide flaring mouth and high splayed foot
  • Elaborately decorated mid-section with two taotie masks formed by cast elements in low relief centered on oval eyes in high relief, separated by flanges
  • The polished surface with a smooth cuprite red and lightly encrusted malachite green patina 
  • With a one character inscription cast on the interior of the side of the high foot, probably a clan sign
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37 | Gilt Bronze Figure of Seated Guanyin, China, Ming Dynasty
  • Gilt bronze
  • China, Ming dynasty (1368-1644)
  • Bronze figure of a seated Guanyin in padmasana, the left hand holding the kundika, the raised right hand with a lotus stalk (now missing)
  • The head with a high ushnisha and multilobed crown, dressed in a long garment with ornate hems, precious jewelry
  • Height: 32 cm
  • Provenance: from a private German collection, acquired in Korea in the 1970s
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44 | Rare Gilt Bronze Figure of a Dakini, Tibet, 15th/16th C.
  • Gilt bronze, turquoise and coral inlays
  • Tibet, 15th/16th century, Densatil style
  • Rare gilt bronze figure of a dancing Dakini Vajravarahi with gri-gug and kapala in her hands
  • With wrathful expression, the head with five-skull crown (one skull missing), a garland of severed heads, jewellery including floral earrings and a matching necklace, armbands and belt richly inlaid with stones and coral
  • Total height: c. 28 cm
  • Provenance: From a South German private collection; acquired on the European art market around c. 1970 and thence by descent 
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52 | A Green Jadeite Lady’s Ring with Pavé Diamonds, China
  • Water green jadeite, 18 karat gold (tested)
  • Jadeite: China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
  • Pavé set diamonds: 86 diamonds with a total weight of c. 4.04 ct, in white gold mounting
  • Jadeite cabochon with deep water structure of c. 20 x 22x 11 mm, in an elliptical shape
  • Comes with an appraisal by GUMP's, San Francisco, dated 2 October 1978
  • Ring size: 57: US: 8
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55 | Green Jadeite Pendant in Shape of a Vase, Gold Mount, Qianlong
  • Green translucent jadeite with apple green inclusions, 18 karat gold
  • Jadeite: China, Qianlong period (1736-1795)
  • Gold mount: hallmarked with the fineness ‘18K’
  • Carved out of the jadeite, a pendant in shape of a ‘Gu’ vase, very precise contours and shape, a deep, clear green color with high translucency 
  • With a textile ribbon and stone stopper
  • Dimensions: c. 5 x 3 cm
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64 | Cloisonné Stupa with Floral Décor, China, Qing
  • Polychrome cloisonné enamels on copper body, gilt
  • China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
  • Stupa on circular base with border, the light blue body of the stupa with dense tendrils and lotus flowers between lotus and ruyi, detailed opening, the neck with decorated grooves and the top in the shape of a screen with garlands and the Cintamani jewel
  • Height: 62 cm
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71 | A Pair of Famille Rose Millefleur Bowls, China, Late Qing 
  • Porcelain with polychrome overglaze and gold paint
  • China, late Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
  • A pair of conical bowls with curved mouth on a straight stand ring
  • The exterior embellished with décor of playing boys in four circular vignettes, the interstices densely filled with millefleur
  • Each base with a six-character Qianlong mark in iron red
  • Height: 8.1 cm; Diameter: 19.3 cm
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91 | Ito Shinsui, Summer Beauty, Hanging Scroll, Japan, 1929
  • Ink and colors on silk
  • Mounted as hanging scroll, ivory handles
  • Japan, 1929
  • Ito Shinsui (伊藤深水, 1898 - 1972)
  • Summer Beauty
  • Dated Showa 4rth year (1929), signed and with artist seal
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98 | Sake Flask, Ko-Iki Type, Korea, 16th/17thC.
  • Stoneware with creamy translucent glaze with fine crackelure, Ko-iki type
  • Korea, 16th/17th century
  • A bulbous sake flask on a low foot with short neck and flared mouth
  • The mouth rim with a silver lacquer restoration
  • Unglazed stand ring
  • Height: 15 cm; Diameter: 10 cm
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104 | Abdur R. Chughtai, Painting ‘Daughter of the Doll Maker’, 1940s
  • Watercolor on paper
  • Pakistan, 1940’s
  • Abdur Rahman Chughtai (1897-1975)
  • ‘The Daughter of the Doll Maker’
  • Depiction of an aged doll maker, offering his young daughter some of his dolls, next to him obviously some of his sketches, in the background a painting of a female figure, possibly one of the artist's own works
  • Signed in red ink Urdu at lower left
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110 | Miniature of a Maharaja and a Youthful Courtier, India, 19th C.
  • Opaque waterbased pigments with gold on paper
  • India/Pahari/probably Kangra, 19th/20th century
  • Seated n a terrace overlooking a lake and hilly landscape beyond, a bearded Raja smokes from a long-stemmed hookah as he is attended closely by a young courtier holding a small fan, with musicians play and sing
  • Pink outer borders with black foliate inner borders with ruled lines
  • Total dimensions: c. 30 x 22.2 cm
  • Image size: 26.2 x 19 cm
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