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Auction Description for Auction Atrium: Fine Chinese Works of Art
Auction Description:
Fine Chinese Works of Art
Viewing Notes:
Online at www.auctionatrium.com
Sale Notes:
Please note this is an online auction starting on 4th November and finishing on 10th November 2011.
www.auctionatrium.com

Fine Chinese Works of Art

by Auction Atrium


105 lots with images

November 10, 2011

101B Kensington Church Street

London, W8 7LN United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)207 792 9020

Email: info@auctionatrium.com

A Canton ivory card case, second half 19th

Lot 18491: A Canton ivory card case, second half 19th

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Description: A Canton ivory card case, second half 19th centuryof typical rectangular form, all over finely and deeply carved with domestic scenes, with foliate carved border to the edges, one side with an initialled cartouche 10.8cm x 6.4cm

Condition Report: In good condition, the cartouche with small area of restoration and evidence of previously removed initial

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A fine Chinese carved and gilded wood official

Lot 18728: A fine Chinese carved and gilded wood official

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Description: A fine Chinese carved and gilded wood official food container, probably made in Chau-zhou and inscribed with a poem by Cheng Hao, early 19th centurythe box with a removable top and of rectangular shape with a finely and deeply carved gilded panel to the front depicting court officials standing before a pavilion with two dignitaries looking out from a veranda, the edge black and gilt lacquered with the sides and back carved and gilded in low relief, the top with a poem 'Chance Creation of an Autumn Day' by Cheng Hao (1032-1085), the base with key fret and gilded carving, supported on four recumbent gilt carved wood lion feetChance Creation of an Autumn Daythe four lines from the poem read:All things in a contemplative manner attain what they need;In all seasons their beauty flourishes, just as with people.The Dao fills the universe without having shape;My thoughts enter wind and clouds and assume their forms.(translation by John Thompson)These lines are from the poem 'Chance Creation of an Autumn Day' by Cheng Hao (1032-1085), a litterateur and philosopher in the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). He shared a reputation with his brother Cheng Yi (1033-1107) as the 'Two Cheng' for their contributions to the development in Chinese philosophy during the Song dynasty. Below this is a signature which cannot be read. Presumably it is that of the person who inscribed the box. This is followed by characters reading 'Inscribed during the period of mid June'. There is also a small wax seal on the corner which reads 'Identification' 'Guang-dong province'. Chau-zhou, Guangdong province, was famous for the development of lacquered and gilt wood carving during the Ming and Qing dynasties. 30cm high; 37cm wide; 14.5cm deep

Condition Report: The container with the main carved panel loose and splitting to the lacquer at the top, the base with damage and losses to the galleried rim.

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A Chinese blue and white porcelain figure of

Lot 18736: A Chinese blue and white porcelain figure of

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Description: A Chinese blue and white porcelain figure of Guanyin with a stand, late 18th centurythe hollow figure of the Goddess modelled seated with flowing robes drawn together at the breasts with a modelled tassel, her hands clenched on her knees with a small object in her right hand, a small circular aperture to the reverse, the non-matching stand formed as bands of modelled lotus leaves on spreading foot, the decoration in underglaze blue with lotus and bamboo to the robes and a band of clashing waves to the baseAccompanied with a certificate stating the circa date to be 18th century 26cm high (overall); 20.2cm (figure); 6cm (stand)

Condition Report: Good condition with no restoration. A small chip to a lotus leaf at the base. The right hand of the figure with a chip to object held by it.

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A Chinese blue and white deep dish decorated in

Lot 18737: A Chinese blue and white deep dish decorated in

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Description: A Chinese blue and white deep dish decorated in the 'Kraak' style, Wanli (1573-1619)the dish deeply potted with a pronounced well and a flaring rim, decorated in good underglaze cobalt blue with a central octagonal bordered panel depicting birds in a stylized landscape scene with peony, chrysanthemum and rocks, the remainder of the centre filled with fishscale and key pattern segments, the border with eight panels depicting chrysanthemum and precious objects between smaller panels depicting castanets on alternating fishscale and key pattern ground, the reverse with eight sketchily drawn oval roundels with flowers alternating with a dagger shape motif, the inner edge of the foot rim with diagonal 'chatter marks' typical of wares from the periodKraak porcelain is believed to be named after the Portuguese ships (Carracks) in which it was transported to the West. 37cm diameter

Condition Report: Excellent condition for this type of ware with no restoration. Very slight glaze fritting to the rim; the footrim with typical grit adhesion and a small inner chip; the piece slightly unevenly potted with a faintly warped profile as is common with these pieces.

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A Chinese teapot decorated with lotus in blue

Lot 18738: A Chinese teapot decorated with lotus in blue

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Description: A Chinese teapot decorated with lotus in blue enamel, Xianfeng seal mark and of the period (1851-1861)the base of deep rounded form with a shallow flush fitting domed top and a lotus pod form finial, the spout modelled joined to the body and with a simple loop handle, decorated in blue enamel with scrolling lotus and bats, some of the details with light blue highlighting, with four iron red bordered gilt 'shou' medallions, the base with a six-character iron red Xianfeng seal mark, the paste of the foot, style of decoration and form of the piece all indicating a circa date in the periodFor a Guangxu Mark and Period Box in the same design see 'S.Marchant & Son, Exhibition of Nineteenth Century Mark and Period Porcelain, 1991'' No 77 9.8cm high, 16cm at widest point

Condition Report: Minute areas of flaking to the blue enamels; very tiny chips to the finial and the handle

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