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The Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Auction this March in New York includes property from over forty private collections. Many of these wonderful objects have not been seen in public for over fifty years.
A highlight of the auction is the fine collection of Rhinoceros horn cups that achieved nationwide recognition when it became the highest valued group of items ever appraised in the 16 year history of a well-known television antiques appraisal show. The collection, began in 1969 and lovingly cared for since then, presents various styles from the rhinoceros horn cup genre.
Among the other highlights of the sale are two Extremely Rare Famille Rose ‘Heaven and Earth’ Revolving Brushpots, with Qianlong seal marks and dated to the period. Rich with Daoist and cosmological symbolism, only one other pair and two single examples of revolving brushpots from the Qianlong period are known to exist. Another brushpot that is causing a stir is An Imperially Inscribed Finely Carved Spinach Jade Brushpot. Carved from a solid piece of jade, this superbly carved brushpot is inscribed with a poem composed by the Qianlong emperor and exemplifies the zenith of pictorial carving achieved by craftsmen during his reign.
An Imperial Gilt-Bronze Archaistic Temple Bell, dated to 1715, which formed the centerpiece of a bell collector’s collection in the1950s is another focal point of our March auction. Among the many other further highlights, we have a fine collection of Huanghuali furniture, some published and with good provenance, archaic bronzes, cloisonné, ivory carvings, jade and ceramics. The collectors who formed these collections were attracted by different objects for different reasons, but they shared a passion for good workmanship, quality and beauty. These objects represent many life-times of collecting, and the Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Department in New York is proud to offer these to you in our March 20th auction.