Posted on 8th Apr 2012 @ 11:53 PM
ANTIQUE READER’S SPECIAL HIGH END SALE COMING APRIL 8TH
Building on their successful bi-monthly auctions inaugurated in September, Antique Reader is now holding regular monthly sales with their upcoming April 8th auction promising to be their best so far. Among the highlights of some 400 lots of important Chinese antiques are many fine jade objects including an 18th c. Chinese carved censer with stylized lion lid and handle, sitting on a Zitan stand with Qianlong mark, estimated at $100,00 to $150,000. A Song Dynasty carved Jade russet hued rabbit is estimated at $20,000 to $25,000.
There are many exquisite objets d’art in this sale, and one of the rarest is a Chinese celadon round box which has an unusual portrait “face” cover with rubies for the eyes and pearls, plus sapphires and diamonds on the sides, which is estimated at $40,000 to $50,000. Equally stunning are several pieces of jewelry including a 19th c. Dongzhu Chaozhu (Qing Dynasty) strand of court pearl beads, consisting of 108 pearls divided by jadeite beads from which hangs a jadeite pendant with filigree mounted tourmaline tear drops, estimated at $40,000 to $60,000. A stunning 18k gold jadeite ring surrounded by diamonds is estimated at $10,000 to $15,000.
Among several Buddhas is an unusually ornate bronze figure perched on a lion with elaborate headdress, estimated at $8,000 to $10,000. As always there is an assortment of cloisonne objects, the finest being a rare, large 18th century gilt two-handled turquoise censer as well as an array of smaller cloisonné vases and bowls. Always popular are “Famille Rose” porcelains, here a rare decorative 9 inch “Peach” vase as well as a “revolving” vase with moveable core and seal mark indicating Qianlong Period.
For the first time Antique Reader will be selling a 100 year old reference book “Chinese Porcelains & Hard Stones” edited by Gorer, Edgar and Blacker, published in London 1911. This voluminous book is a limited edition (1000) with 254 beautiful full page top quality chromolithograph plates reproducing 17th & 18th century porcelain & jade vases. The detailed descriptions in English and French appear opposite. The original was so unwieldy that handling often resulted in its becoming unbound, so many, like the one here, has been expensively rebound. This edition is in three sections, with forest green and moiré leather covers and gilt trim with gilt lettering on the spines. In recent years editions have sold at auction and privately for $11,000 - $14,000, here the estimate is $8,500 to $9,000.
Following this auction, Antique Reader will begin renovations to upgrade their 5000 square foot space. During this time they will be open to accept consignments for their May auction. Contact Will or Kalu at 888 788 6244 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Antique Reader is located at 3906 Crescent Street, Long Island City.
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