BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – Approximately 1,200 lots of Asian antiques, most of them Chinese and all of them highly collectible, will be sold at a monumental four-day auction planned for Mar. 16-19 by Elite Decorative Arts. The auction will be held at the firm’s gallery in the Quantum Town Center, located at 1034 Gateway Boulevard in Boynton Beach.
The timing of the sale is key: It is being held during Asia Week (March 15-23), a hugely popular annual event that is centered in New York City, during which interest in, and appreciation of, Asian culture and Asian objects is at its peak. “We expect that this will be our largest Asian sale ever,” said Scott Cieckiewicz of Elite Decorative Arts. “It features a magnificent array of Asian antiques, to include jade, ivory, coral, rhinoceros, porcelain, stone carvings, fine jewelry, cloisonné, silver and more. We’ve front-loaded the best items into the first two days, but all four days will feature quality merchandise.”
The expected top lot of the sale is a 5 3/4-inch, 18th or 19th century figural lotus form rhinoceros horn libation cup with vine and leaves handle (estimate $150,000-$200,000). The cup includes a fitted water form Zitan wood base and is from the mid-to-late Qing Dynasty period. It shows a high relief snail carved on the cup’s interior and has a total horn weight of 345 grams.
Several Chinese hand-carved red coral groups are offered, including a large group showing two maidens holding sheng and pipa instruments, on a rock form base with high relief flowers and a fitted wooden base; and a large depiction of two Guanyin with flowers throughout, with a fitted wooden base (each estimated at $40,000-$60,000).
Bidder interest should be keen for a pair of fine Chinese relief-carved and pierced pale green translucent hetian jade incense holders, each having a continuous scholar’s mountain landscape scene depicting pagodas, rock formations, trees, waterfalls and bridges ($40,000-$60,000). The holders both sport spinach jade bases and covers and each stands 9 1/2 inches tall.
To learn more about Elite Decorative Arts, visit www.eliteauction.com or contact 800-991-3340 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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