Rare dragon ritual bowl from Jiaqing Period recovered

Michaan’s Auctions sale of Fine Asian Art will be offered on Monday, Dec. 8, 2008.

The sale features more than 300 lots across a myriad of categories, tastes and price points, offering something for collectors both seasoned and novice, from ceramics and porcelains to rare objects and important jades.

The star lot of this sale is an exceptionally rare Chinese imperial famille ritual bowl from the Jiaqing period (1796-1820). This elegant dragon ritual bowl with cover and Jiaqing six character seal mark is estimated to attract bids in the region of $100,000-$120,000.

The excitement around this rare object is because it’s the first in its kind up for sale in over 10 years. This piece was originally purchased from the C.T. Loo & Co. in New York in the early 1930s and for over 75 years has remained in pristine condition in the collection of a prominent East Coast private collector. This piece is decorated with two dragons amongst a ruyi of varying colors, square scroll border along bottom edge, top of vessel is reflection of cover, with red dragons and crashing waves being the variation, midsection is divided into two uneven parts by a raised horizontal band, each portion with dragons and ruyi, base is a flattened hemispherical shape possessing imagery which parallels the top section with the central image being pink dragons. “We are very delighted to be offering to the market this rediscovered important piece,” said Alan Michaan, president of Michaan’s Auctions.

The Fine Asian Works of Art catalog will be available for review online at www.michaans.com.

Michaan’s Auctions is a leading full service auction house on the West Coast specializing in the appraisals and sale of antiques and fine art. Some of Michaan’s specialty departments include Furniture and Decorative Arts, Modern, Contemporary, European and American Paintings and Prints, Books and Manuscripts, Jewelry, Asian Works of Art and Ethnographic Art.

Established in 2001, Michaan’s Auctions holds up to 30 sales each year that attract a broad base of buyers and consignors from all over the World. With one of the largest facilities in Northern California, Michaan’s offers buyers and sellers the ability to preview and bid on many unique and desirable pieces. Some of these pieces garnered world record prices. In 2005, a world record price was achieved for an A.D.M Cooper, The Three Graces 1915, sold at auction for $21,060 as well as a Eduard Gaertner, German City Street Scene 1831, sold at auction for $266,000.

Michaan’s has built its reputation on its ability to accept single items, groups or entire estates with the “no risk consignment policy,” that sets them apart from other auction houses. Michaan’s team of specialists are dedicated to staying current on the latest issues and developments in the market and are committed to providing personalized and professional attention throughout the entire auction process.

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