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18th century "Lime Green" vase finishes at $87,500

With its brilliant "lime green" color and globular shape, an 18th century Chinese vase led a collection of scarce ceramics sold through Kaminski Auctions on Jan. 15.

BEVERLY, Mass. — A collection of rare Asian ceramics, including a "Lime Green" 18th century vase, stole the show at the Kaminski Auctions January 15th sale.

Monochrome Ceramics from Travis Brock Collection Lead the Way

Lime Green vase

"Lime Green" 18th century Chinese vase ($87,500). (All photos courtesy of Kaminski Auctions.

The Travis Brock Collection of Monochrome Ceramics brought in bidders from all over the world and the prices achieved reflected it. It was originally acquired in Derbyshire, England in 1972. It was a collection of fine Asian porcelains that rarely comes to market in its’ entirety. Fifteen of the twenty top prices achieved in the auction were porcelains. Each from the Travis Brock Collection and all sold well above estimate.

The auction specialists were busy with condition requests that poured in from around the globe. Kaminski Auction’s Asian specialist Bob Yang stated “I was not surprised by the prices realized given the exceptional quality of the porcelains and the excellent provenance of the collection. “

"Lime Green" Vase Takes Top Lot

A very rare Chinese "Lime Green" vase measuring only eight and a quarter inches high was the top lot of the sale. It appeared on it’s original 18th century wood stand. The vase was a globular form that rose to a slightly flared columnar neck.

“The lustrous enamel of a bright lime-green color was what made the piece so rare and desirable” said Mr. Yang.

The Yongzheng period (1723-1735) six-character mark within double circles appeared on the bottom of the vase. The "Lime Green" vase was finally hammered down for $87,500 with buyer’s premium.

More Outstanding SOLD Ceramics

A very fine ten and a half inch tall Chinese Sang-De-Boeuf "Yuhuchun" vase sold for $ 18,750. It

Yuhuchun vase

Chinese Sang de Boeuf "Yuhuchun" vase realized $18,750.

featured a pear-shaped form and a deep red glaze with the Qianlong mark on the base. Another fine Chinese "Langyao" vase with a tapering body and a lustrous red glaze sold for $11,875. It also bears the Kangxi seal on the bottom.

In addition a rare pair of early 16th century Ming Dynasty yellow saucer dishes brought $8,750. Each have a yellow glaze of a rich egg-yolk hue with the Zhengde reign mark. A Chinese yellow-ground famille-rose bowl with the Qianlong mark brought $7,800. The bowl was decorated with a continuous pattern of flowering peonies, chrysanthemums, lotus and hibiscus flowers. Plus, a Chinese yellow and green "Eight Princes" bowl with the Yongzheng mark sold for the same.

Sino-Tibetan Bohisattva Makes Appearance

The Asian session also saw a Sino-Tibetan bronze gilt statue of Bodhisattva, the Green Tara with crossed legs and arms in Dharmachakra mudra with small gems mounted on the body net $8,750.

The second session of the auction featured important estate items from the Cheryl Burke Collection of Sarasota, Florida among other Massachusetts and California estates. Over nine phones lines were reserved for bidding on a mobile titled "Continental Lumiere No. 23 1968 " by the Argentinian artist Julio Le Parc. It quickly rose to $11,000 and sold to an Internet buyer for $13,750 with buyer’s premium.

A 19th century carved marble head of a mythological figure that came in on a Tuesday free appraisal day was thought to represent Alexander with the horns of Ammon, after his conquest of Egypt in 332 B.C. The sculpture was originally from a Rome, Italy estate and achieved $7,200 well above the $2,500-$3,500 estimate.

18th Century Manuscript Resonates With Bidders

An illuminated manuscript circa 1750 from the Deccan Ragamala series bearing a "Tooth Gallery, London" label sold for $9,375. Bidders were also excited for a Harriet Whitney Frishmuth bronze sculpture on a white marble base titled "Crest of the Wave". Signed and dated "1925," edition 7/8 and marked "Gorham Co. Founders, the twenty one inch high sculpture was finally hammered down at $7,500.

Kaminski Auctions will also host its first auction in West Palm Beach Florida to coincide with the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show. Kaminski Auctions will hold an auction Sunday, February 19th at 11:00 am Eastern at the West Palm Beach Marriott, 1001 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach, Florida across from the Palm Beach Convention Center. The auction features the collection of the Montelatici family of New York, Florence, Italy and Miami Beach, Florida among other estates.

Preview days are Friday, February 17 from 2-6 p.m., and Saturday, February 18 from 10-6 p.m and day of sale beginning at 8:30 a.m.

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