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I.M. CHAIT GALLERY/AUCTIONEERS HOSTS HIGHLY-SUCCESSFUL ASIAN AND INTERNATIONAL FINE ART SALE!

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Lot 200
IMPORTANT YONGLE BLUE AND WHITE DISH
Ming Dynasty
SOLD FOR $66,000.00

February 21, 2006, BEVERLY HILLS: Over three hundred bidders from all over the world, including nearly two hundred Ebay™ bidders took part in the first special sale hosted by the respected Chait Gallery on Sunday, February 19th. An eclectic array of snuff bottles, stunning bronzes and porcelains from the Ming and Qing Dynasties, exotic jades, exquisite and intricate ivories and a vast offering of European artifacts and furniture created a big buzz to collectors with origins as vast as the artifacts offered during the sale. Indeed, thirty-seven countries and counting, the I.M. Chait Gallery is fast becoming a name to reckon with in the international art market.

Sunday's sale offered several treasures from some of the most beloved Chinese Dynasties. From the Ming Dynasty, Lot #200 (pictured above), a beautiful, finely detailed 15th Century Blue and White dish from the Yongle Period. The Yongle Period, which lasted from 1403-1425 CE under the reign of Emperor Chengzu produced some of the most precious and sought-after porcelain works. The unmistakable elegant blue patterns were made with the highest quality cobalt-blue pigment. The massive piece in Sundays’ sale was indeed no exception to this era’s renowned porcelain creations. With willowy blossoms and scrolling foliage and flowers and measuring 17 1/4” in diameter, an avid collector beat out several other bidders with the final price of $66,000.00. From the 16th Century Ming Dynasty, Lot #196 showcased an extremely rare wucai enameled porcelain ewer with cover. The fine, bulbous body with blossoms and foliate bands, the cover highlighted with precious emblems and incised wanli mark and of the Period sold for an impressive $48,000.00.

Lot 67
ENAMEL ON COPPER SNUFF BOTTLE
QIANLONG MARK
SOLD FOR $3,300.00

The sale offered one of the most precious gatherings of snuff bottles in the West. Nearly every lot from the over-fifty lots of snuff bottles were sold during the auction. Lot #39, a beautifully carved black and white Suzhou school-type jade snuff bottle with delicate figural scenes sold for $2,700.00. Lot #67 (pictured above), a meticulously detailed enamel on copper snuff bottle with a continuous blue and white landscape sold for an impressive $3,300.00. Another crowd favourite was lot #76, a finely detailed enamel on copper snuff bottle of low flattened form which sold for $2,700.00- over twice the projected estimate.

Lot 195
TANG DYNASTY MARBLE GUANYIN
H: 12 ½ “
SOLD FOR $18,000.00

From the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE) came a magnificent array of figures of different elements and themes. Lot #198, a pair of large and finely modeled Chinese Tang Dynasty pottery horses with well articulated features and much of the remaining red pigments sold for an impressive $33,600.00. Lot #195 (pictured above) a serene and lovely depiction of the beloved Buddhist deity Guanyin on a lotus base in draped robes sold for $18,000.00. Lot #175, a fine pair of well detailed painted pottery Lokapala with some remaining pigment sold for $5,400.00.

Lot 331
ANTIQUE FRENCH ORMOLU GARNITURE SET
19th Century
SOLD FOR $6,000.00

Other items of interest include:

Lot #126: WHITE JADE BUDDHA'S HAND
Very finely carved, Chinese jade, of very pure white coloration, model of "Buddha's Hand" finger citron with openwork foliage; H: 7"; wood stand SOLD FOR $2,700.00

Lot #164: LARGE CARVED FOSSIL IVORY TUSK
Superbly carved and long, fossil mammoth ivory tusk; with elaborate fully openwork group of deer amid rockery with some cranes and foliage; L: 30" (along outer curve), openwork carved wood stand SOLD FOR $4,800.00

Lot #183: SONG MARBLE-GLAZED BOWL
Extremely rare, Chinese Song Dynasty, glazed "footless" bowl; with amber colored marbleized "tiger-stripe" patterning on yellow ground; D: 6 1/8" SOLD FOR $12,000.00

Lot #193: NORTHERN QI STONE STELE
Beautifully carved, large Chinese Northern Qi Dynasty stone stele of lotus bud form; with Buddha standing at center flanked by a Bodhisattva on either side, crest of floating deities with ornately carved keystone, the verso with incised designs, some remaining pigments; H: 33 3/4"; with authenticity report dated September 9, 2003 SOLD FOR $7,200.00

Lot #196A: YONGZHENG DOUCAI JAR
Superbly enameled, Chinese early 18th Century, Yongzheng Mark and of the Period, doucai porcelain jar and cover; with ornate design of phoenix in flight amid scrolling foliage, the domed cover with peach form knop; H: 6" SOLD FOR $48,000.00

Lot #201
MASSIVE WHITE JADE MOUNTAIN
H: 13”
SOLD FOR $27,000.00

Lot #202: SET OF FOUR CHINESE PAINTINGS
Rare and well rendered, set of four Chinese ink and color on silk paintings of the Guardians of the Four Directions, each finely detailed with beards and dressed as Ming-style generals: Dhritarasta of the East holds a lute; Vidradhaka of the South with a long-bladed sword; Virapaksa of the West grips a snake; and Vaisravana of the North holds a jewel-spitting mongoose; each 58 1/2" x 32 1/2"; each well framed SOLD FOR $30,000.00

Lot 204: OIL ON PANEL BY OSWALD MOSER
Extremely rare oil on panel by Robert Oswald Moser (English, 1874-1953), entitled "The Lord of Creation"; of a fanciful scene representative of Genesis with figures and animals cavorting in a landscape, 48" x 53 3/4", signed, Circa 1925; numerous inscriptions on verso and other old paper stamps: "The Lord of Creation" Genesis I:28 by Oswald Moser....Sussex, England; Royal Academy Exhibition, James Bourlet & Sons, Ltd., A62514; Theo J. Gidden, London; Provenance: M & J Pruskin Gallery, London SOLD FOR $6,600.00

Lot #205: ANTIQUE MARBLE BUST BY RUXTHIEL
Antique and well carved, marble bust by Henri-Joseph Ruxthiel (French, 1775-1837, student of Houdon and David); depicting Jean-Francois Dieudone known as Yvan Simonis, of the Belgian Simonis Family; with curling locks and side burns in the Empire taste, and with high collar and tied cravat, wearing vest and jacket and set on a plinth, Circa 1830; H: approx. 28"; Provenance: Simonis Family by direct commission of the artist SOLD FOR $9,900.00

Lot# 227
CHINESE CLOISONNÉ CENSER
H: 11 ¼”
SOLD FOR $3,000.00

Lot #233: GILT BRONZE BUDDHIST EMBLEMS
Set of ornately cast, Chinese gilt bronze Eight Buddhist Emblems: each emblem atop a lotus pedestal with scrolling openwork shaft below and on lotus base; each approx. H: 12 1/2" SOLD FOR $9,600.00

Lot #296: JADE AND DIAMOND LEAF BROOCH
Very fine, antique jade and diamond leaf brooch of foliate and ribbon-scroll design; centering on a large leaf of carved and polished jadeite of deep emerald green color and good translucency amongst jadeite "ribbons"; the silver mount highlighted with fifty-three single-cut diamonds, total approx. diamond weight 1.50 Cts. SOLD FOR $4,800.00

Lot #307: DIAMOND AND WHITE GOLD NECKLACE
Diamond and 14K white gold necklace; the brilliant cut and prong-set white diamonds arranged in a very flexible graduated 16" strand; total diamond weight approx. 12.0 Cts. SOLD FOR $8,700.00

Lot #312: ART DECO STYLE BRONZE AND IVORY
Art Deco style dancer (after D.H. Chiparus' Thais); of a female ivory and patinated bronze dancer in a lunging stance with arms outstretched and head tilted, inscribed D.H. Chiparus in onyx base; L: 24" SOLD FOR $3,000.00

Lot #325: ANTIQUE FRENCH MARQUETRY COMMODE
Antique French marquetry commode with matched veneers; the cornice with an inlaid floral frieze and patera above a pair of doors, each inlaid with a floral marquetry; floral marquetry inlay on apron, sides and corners; chamfered corners with ormolu herms, classical ormolu motifs and floral mounts allover, 19th Century; L: 44 1/4" SOLD FOR $8,400.00

Lot #327: ANTIQUE FRENCH AUBUSSON SALON SET
Antique French Aubusson salon set, including: four armchairs and settee; all with foliate gilt frames, round backs and fluted columnar tapering legs, the seats and backs with classical foliage framing bouquets of flowers, 19th Century; L: 53 1/2" (settee) SOLD FOR $6,600.00

Lot #331: ANTIQUE FRENCH ORMOLU GARNITURE SET
(pictured above) Antique French three-piece ormolu garniture: clock with urn finial surmounting an elaborate body with classical motifs allover, the face with blue and white porcelain Roman numerals, all flanked by two openwork scrolling volutes with foliage and winged herms, on a shaped foliate base; together with two conforming candelabrum, each with four scrolling branches on an urn stem above a square base on plinth, 19th Century; H: 22 3/4" (clock) SOLD FOR $6,000.99

I.M. Chait Gallery/Auctioneers is scheduled to have the next Asian and International Fine Art sale on April 30th, 2006. In May, 2006, the Gallery presents a magnificent array of museum quality fossils, meteorites, and dinosauria during the Natural History Sale. The I.M. Chait Gallery/Auctioneers is located at 9330 Civic Center Drive, Beverly Hills, California, 90210. For more information on this auction or future sales, or to order a catalogue, kindly call (310) 285-0182, or visit our website at www.chait.com.

 

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