Friday, March 1, 2013

Chinese Antiques

Below are a few pieces of Chinese antiques that caught my eyes @ the sneak preview of Asian Weeks at NYC Auction House.

"When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, 
don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps." 
- CONFUCIUS

清乾隆 青花黄彩暗刻雲龍戲珠紋鳩耳尊 六字篆書款
A rare find underglaze-blue decorated, egg-yoke yellow incised pear-shaped vase.  Qianlong period 1736-1795.
The body is incised under an egg yolk-yellow glaze with a flaming pearl on each side being contested by a full-faced, five-clawed dragon rising above the pearl and a three-clawed dragon reaching for it from below as the two leap amidst clouds and flames bordered by slightly raised bands of leaf tips and lappets painted in underglaze blue, as are the bands of lotus sprays on the foot and at the rim, and the decoration on the highly stylized animal-head handles that may represent rhinoceros heads. 7¾ in. (19.7 cm.) high 

"FOR THE WISE MAN looks into space 
and he knows there is no limited dimensions."
- Lao TzuChin 
清乾隆 御製粉紅、涅白雙色攪料蓮瓣紋罐
A very rare carved pink and white glass lotus-form vase. Imperial glassworks, Beijing, Qianlong Period (1736-1795) 
The globular jar is sensitively carved through the mottled pink and white layers as a budding lotus flower with five rows of upturned petals rising from a lotus leaf borne on a curled stem which forms the foot. The petals and leaf are finely incised with veins. 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm.) high, wood stand, wood cover, cloth box 

 "Be not afraid of growing slowly, 
be afraid only of standing still." 
- Chinese Proverb 
明末/清十八世紀 黃花梨方角櫃
A magnificent and very rare Huanghuanli square-corner tapered cabinet, Fangjiaogui 17th/ 18th Century.
Beautifully proportioned, with beaded top frame extending beyond the thick, square corner posts, with attractively figured panels on the sides and doors, set within square frames and opening from the removeable center stile to reveal the shelved interior, all above plain aprons and spandrels on the front and sides66¾ in. (170 cm.) high, 32 5/8 in. (82.9 cm.) wide, 18 in. (45.7 cm.) deep 


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