BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – Nearly 600 lots of top-quality Chinese carvings and works of art will be sold at auction Nov. 19, 2011. “We’re starting the auction in the evening rather than the early afternoon to accommodate the Chinese audience, which we expect will be substantial,” said Scott Cieckiewicz of Elite Decorative Arts.
Two of the lots have presale estimates of $40,000 to $60,000. The first is a pair of Namibian elephant tusks, each one mounted with a wooden display stand. The tusks measure 69 inches in length, with a circumference at the base of 18 3/4 inches. One tusk has an ivory weight of 78 pounds, the other 73 pounds. The tusk control numbers are NA02688355 and NA02588345.
The other lot is a relief-carved polychromed Chinese ivory carved and painted elephant tusk. The late 19th or early 20th century tusk is 28 1/2 inches long and 7 inches wide, and has 17 individually carved figures performing various activities. Depicted are immortals with a phoenix, along with minstrels, servants, gift givers and a bust of Buddha cut out in the interior.
A pair of large, 19th century Chinese famille rose hand-painted enamel porcelain vases, boasting a tall and elegant octagonal shape, should realize $15,000 to $20,000. Each vase has vivid, multi-color depictions of Taoist immortals with calligraphy, scrolls and Imperial seals praising their virtues. The intricate floral border shows birds, butterflies, fish, shells and covered jars.
A diminutive (6 1/2 inches tall) Chinese hand-carved white and lavender jadeite teapot, finely carved throughout and with raised Canton shrimp on the body with water, carries a presale estimate of $12,000 to $16,000. The pot has a fully reticulated scrolled dragon handle with ring, a figural chicken head spout, a chain-link hanging handle and a wooden silver inlay stand.
A Chinese hand-carved white and lavender jadeite covered dragon censor is expected to hit $8,000 to $12,000. The 8-inch-tall censor is meticulously carved throughout, with a cover having a figural Foo dragon beast handle flanked by two small dragons with relief carved rings. The body has a raised ox skull design and the sides show small dragons resting on turtle shells.
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