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Auction Description for John Moran: Important Chinese Objects
Auction Description:
John Moran Auctioneers is pleased to present their Important Chinese Object auction catalogue, featuring nine exceptional lots spanning from the Ming to the Qing dynasties. The objects in this special curated session have been culled from the Los Angeles, CA estate of Andrew F. Chandler as well as from an impressive private Ventura, CA collection.
Viewing Notes:
Friday, December 2nd, preview 10am – 4pm Saturday, December 3rd, 10am – 2pm Monday, December 5th, 10am – 4pm Tuesday, December 6th, doors open at 10am
Sale Notes:
Please Note: All bidders wishing to participate in this auction session must submit a $9,000.00 USD deposit via wire transfer, cash, or cashier's check prior to the auction. This applies to all floor bidders, absentee bidders, phone bidders and internet bidders, without exception. If you do not have a deposit with Moran's, your bids will not be accepted by the auctioneer. Registration deposits made on the day of sale must be made via cash or cashier's check, in person.

Important Chinese Objects (9 Lots)

by John Moran Auctioneers


9 lots with images

December 6, 2016

Live Auction

Monrovia, CA, USA

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A 19th century Chinese figure of Manjushri

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Description: Qing dynasty, 19th century, Sino-Tibetan, inscribed verso, a gilt-bronze figure depicting the bodhisattva Manjushri seated on a lotus-form throne, centered by a flowering foliate mandorla set with five blue enameled, one green and one red glass ''stones'', raised on a stepped pierced plinth adorned with dual Pixiu, 26.25'' H x 14.25'' W x 9.5'' D, est: $20,000/30,000. Note: All bidders wishing to participate in this auction session must submit a $9,000.00 USD deposit via wire transfer, cash, or cashier's check prior to the auction. This applies to all floor bidders, absentee bidders, phone bidders and internet bidders, without exception. If you do not have a deposit with Moran's, your bids will not be accepted by the auctioneer. Registration deposits made on the day of sale must be made via cash or cashier's check, in person.

Condition Report: Overall good condition, with general scattered scratches, scuffs, nicks and wear to gilt finish commensurate with age. Possibly lacking foliate elements to lower and uppermost portion of mandorla. Three repairs to uppermost portion of mandorla.

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A 19th century Chinese Thangka painting, Guanyin

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Description: Depicting the bodhisattva Guanyin with 1000 arms, gouache and gold paint on paper laid to canvas, painted image size: 84'' H x 39.75'' W; silk fabric frame size: 89.5'' H x 46.5'' W, est: $10,000/15,000. Note: All bidders wishing to participate in this auction session must submit a $9,000.00 USD deposit via wire transfer, cash, or cashier's check prior to the auction. This applies to all floor bidders, absentee bidders, phone bidders and internet bidders, without exception. If you do not have a deposit with Moran's, your bids will not be accepted by the auctioneer. Registration deposits made on the day of sale must be made via cash or cashier's check, in person.

Condition Report: Overall: 94.5'' H x 50.25'' W. Scattered creases, wear, thinning paint and some losses throughout. A 16" vertical repaired tear in the lower center. Minor discoloration in the upper quarter. Silk borders have likely been replaced.

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An 18th century Chinese cloisonne-enamel censer

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Description: Qianlong period, 18th century, a gilt-bronze fang ding in an archaic style, surmounted by a foo dog finial, the stepped pierced rectangular cover flanked by U-form taotie-enameled handles, atop a conforming body polychrome enameled with stylized dragons and taotie masks on a blue ground separated by raised rectangular flanges, raised overall on four curving enameled legs with lion's-head knees, 17'' H x 9.625'' W x 6.875'' D, est: $20,000/30,000. Note: All bidders wishing to participate in this auction session must submit a $9,000.00 USD deposit via wire transfer, cash, or cashier's check prior to the auction. This applies to all floor bidders, absentee bidders, phone bidders and internet bidders, without exception. If you do not have a deposit with Moran's, your bids will not be accepted by the auctioneer. Registration deposits made on the day of sale must be made via cash or cashier's check, in person.

Condition Report: Overall good condition, with general scratches, scuffs, dust accumulation, wear and minor nicks to enamel commensurate with age. Scattered minor spots of touch-up to enamel.

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18th century Chinese Imperial figure, Green Tara

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Description: Qianlong period, 18th century, Imperial workshop, of gilt metal and bronze, depicting the bodhisattva Green Tara, seated in lalitasana on a double-lotus base, the right hand held in varadumudra and the left held aloft in vitarkamudra, each hand supporting an uptala lotus flanking the arms, wearing a five-point crown and adorned with turquoise and coral stones and enameled ''jewels'', backed by a repousse-decorated mandorla and raised overall on a stepped rectangular base relief-decorated with polychromed temple lions, 8.75'' H x 4.625'' W x 3.375'' D, est: $10,000/15,000. Note: All bidders wishing to participate in this auction session must submit a $9,000.00 USD deposit via wire transfer, cash, or cashier's check prior to the auction. This applies to all floor bidders, absentee bidders, phone bidders and internet bidders, without exception. If you do not have a deposit with Moran's, your bids will not be accepted by the auctioneer. Registration deposits made on the day of sale must be made via cash or cashier's check, in person.

Condition Report: Overall good condition, with losses to polychromed decoration of base. General scattered scratches, scuffs, nicks and rubbed wear to gilt decoration commensurate with age. Overpaint to verso of base and mandorla.

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An 18th century Chinese Canton Imperial censer

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Description: Qianlong period, 18th century, Canton workshop, enameled Qianlong four-character mark to underside of body, cloisonne-enameled gilt bronze, surmounted by a carved coral finial, the domed pierced scrolling foliate and dragon-adorned cover atop a clear gem-set collar above a squat bombe body flanked by lion-headed handles and cloisonne enameled with polychrome geometric motifs and flowers on a yellow ground, raised on three tapering cylindrical legs, raised on a later relief-decorated dragon-motif stand, 16.5'' H x 9.25'' W x 8'' D, est: $20,000/30,000. Note: All bidders wishing to participate in this auction session must submit a $9,000.00 USD deposit via wire transfer, cash, or cashier's check prior to the auction. This applies to all floor bidders, absentee bidders, phone bidders and internet bidders, without exception. If you do not have a deposit with Moran's, your bids will not be accepted by the auctioneer. Registration deposits made on the day of sale must be made via cash or cashier's check, in person.

Condition Report: Overall good condition, with general scratches, scuffs, dust accumulation, wear, nicks and minor losses to enamel commensurate with age. The largest loss an approximately .5'' x .25'' loss to body. Scattered spots of touch-up to enamel, the largest approximately .25'' x 1'' to body. Two gemstones deficient. Base and censer attached; base a later addition, as stated.

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An 18th century Chinese cloisonne candlestick

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Description: Qianlong period, 18th century, cloisonne-enameled gilt bronze, the domed quatrefoil foot decorated with polychrome scrolling foliage and flowers on a blue ground, issuing a pierced geometric bat-adorned standard supporting a quatrefoil bowl beneath a conforming bobeche, 14.125'' H x 5.375'' W x 5'' D, est: $8000/12,000. Note: All bidders wishing to participate in this auction session must submit a $9,000.00 USD deposit via wire transfer, cash, or cashier's check prior to the auction. This applies to all floor bidders, absentee bidders, phone bidders and internet bidders, without exception. If you do not have a deposit with Moran's, your bids will not be accepted by the auctioneer. Registration deposits made on the day of sale must be made via cash or cashier's check, in person.

Condition Report: Overall good condition, with general scratches, scuffs, dust accumulation and wear commensurate with age. Lacking pricket. An approximately .375'' diameter drilled hole to foot and a .25'' diameter drilled hole to mount below bowl. Nicks and losses to enamel of bowl. Standard and bowl lean forward on foot. An approximately .25’’-diameter indentation to foot beneath one of lower bat’s wings with a corresponding minute crack.

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An 18th century Chinese Imperial altar set

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Description: Qing Dynasty, Qianlong period, 18th century, Canton, the censer with incised six-character Qianlong mark to plaque on body, large scale, each elaborately cloisonne enameled with geometric and foliate motifs on a turquoise ground, the censer surmounted by a gilt-bronze foo dog, the pierced stepped rectangular lid over a waisted curving rectangular body flanked by S-form handles, raised on scrolled feet atop a stepped rectangular silver wire-inlaid carved zitan wood stand, the garniture comprising two squared gu vases further adorned with squared flanges and two conforming squared candlesticks, with three additional matching carved zitan wood stands, 9 pieces, each without plinth: the censer: 25.5'' H x 16.125'' W x 9.625'' D; each candlestick: 22.375'' H x 8.75'' W x 8.75'' D; each vase: 22'' H x 9'' W x 9'' D, est: $100,000/150,000. Note: All bidders wishing to participate in this auction session must submit a $9,000.00 USD deposit via wire transfer, cash, or cashier's check prior to the auction. This applies to all floor bidders, absentee bidders, phone bidders and internet bidders, without exception. If you do not have a deposit with Moran's, your bids will not be accepted by the auctioneer. Registration deposits made on the day of sale must be made via cash or cashier's check, in person.

Condition Report: Each stand: 3.375'' H. Overall good condition, with scattered scratches, scuffs, wear and restorations to enamel commensurate with age, the largest area an approximately 2'' x 10'' section to body of censer. Censer with an approximately 1'' x .5'' area of chipped loss to one side. Censer, one vase and two zitan stands each with a .25''-diameter hole drilled through bottom for wiring; one vase with two .25''-diameter drilled holes. One stand deficient.

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Pair late 17th/early 18th c. Chinese candlesticks

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Description: Kangxi period, late 17th/early 18th century, cloisonne-enameled gilt bronze, each Tibetan dorje shaped, with a domed foot issuing a relief-decorated figural standard supporting a lotus-form bowl cloisonne-enameled to exterior with polychrome scrolling foliage on a blue ground, one further issuing a cloisonne-enameled stem, 2 pieces, the first: 10.25'' H x 4.75'' Dia.; the second: 7.625'' H x 4.75'' Dia., est: $15,000/25,000. Note: All bidders wishing to participate in this auction session must submit a $9,000.00 USD deposit via wire transfer, cash, or cashier's check prior to the auction. This applies to all floor bidders, absentee bidders, phone bidders and internet bidders, without exception. If you do not have a deposit with Moran's, your bids will not be accepted by the auctioneer. Registration deposits made on the day of sale must be made via cash or cashier's check, in person.

Condition Report: Each in overall good condition, with general scratches, scuffs, dust accumulation and general wear to enamel commensurate with age. Scattered nicks and minor losses to enamel. One with joint fused between bowl and standard and stem fused into bowl. Each lacking pricket and bobeche, one lacking cloisonne-enameled stem.

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A 16th/17th century Chinese figure of Guanyin

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Description: Ming dynasty, 16th/17th century, gilt bronze, depicted seated in lalitasana, wearing a crown centering a depiction of Amitabha Buddha and flowing robes which drape over the display surface, overall: 13.75'' H x 9.25'' W x 6.75'' D, est: $20,000/30,000. Note: All bidders wishing to participate in this auction session must submit a $9,000.00 USD deposit via wire transfer, cash, or cashier's check prior to the auction. This applies to all floor bidders, absentee bidders, phone bidders and internet bidders, without exception. If you do not have a deposit with Moran's, your bids will not be accepted by the auctioneer. Registration deposits made on the day of sale must be made via cash or cashier's check, in person.

Condition Report: Not including hanging robes: 12.25'' H. Overall good condition, with general scattered scratches, scuffs, nicks and wear to gilding commensurate with age. Scattered spots of fill to bronze verso likely dating to time of manufacture. One .5'' crack to base of seat verso, one minute crack to crown and a break to interior crown element. Repaired break to foliate element on left side of crown.

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