Posts Tagged ‘Qi Baishi

10
Dec
13

Countdown to the New Year with Fine Asian Works of Art

Listed highlights are selections from Michaan’s final auction of the year

Five – A Pair of Famille Rose Lidded Food Containers – Lot 5294, $2,000-3,000
The porcelain containers are each finely painted with five boys at play.  They stem from the Reynold Tom Collection, whose exceptional property has consistently dazzled bidders at Michaan’s.  The Republic Period pieces bear Linzhi Chengxiang marks and remain in wonderful original condition.

A Pair of Famille Rose Lidded Food Containers

A Pair of Famille Rose Lidded Food Containers

Four – A Set of Four Hanging Panels Inset with Porcelain Plaques – Lot 5269, $4,000-6,000
Four 19th century wood panels feature twelve beautifully painted famille rose porcelain plaques of various form and imagery.  The plaques are delicately painted with nature scenes of differing species of birds in their natural environments.  The plaque depicting a Red-crowned crane is prominently featured on the cover of the December 15, 2013 auction catalog.

A Set of Four Hanging Panels Inset with Porcelain Plaques

A Set of Four Hanging Panels Inset with Porcelain Plaques

Three – A Carved Coral Trio Figural Group – Lot 5200, $7,000-9,000
The fine coral is carved with three standing figures, centering Guanyin flanked by her two attendants.  Carvings of various elements of nature support and surround the trio, held by an intricately carved, fitted, pierced stand.  The detailed workmanship coupled with unique form and composition make the piece quite an unusual and artistic find.

 Carved Coral Trio Figural Group

Carved Coral Trio Figural Group

Two – Qi Baishi’s “Rabbits Under Osmanthus Tree” – Lot 5243, $50,000-70,000
This playful watercolor is a quintessential piece from the artist, showing a delightful pair of rabbits behind a trellising Osmanthus branch.  The painting was acquired directly from the artist in Beijing in 1947 and it has remained in the same private family collection since.  A Baishi painting titled “Eagle Standing on Pine Tree” achieved a record-setting price of $65.5 million in 2011, becoming one of the highest selling paintings ever sold at auction.

Qi Baishi’s “Rabbits Under Osmanthus Tree”

Qi Baishi’s “Rabbits Under Osmanthus Tree”

One – Zhang Daqian’s “Bamboo” – Lot 5245, $40,000-60,000
The countdown ends with one exemplary brush painting, by none other than master Zhang Daqian. His new bamboo shoots are lively and dynamic, with precision brushwork of the perfect balance between control and spontaneity. The variation of the ink’s intensity provides a wonderful sense of depth and nuance as well, from one of the most internationally celebrated Chinese artists of the 20th century.

Zhang Daqian’s “Bamboo”

Zhang Daqian’s “Bamboo”

The illustrated auction catalog for the Fine Asian Works of Art auction is available for review at www.michaans.com. Previews open at Michaan’s on November the 29th to December 1st and December 13th to December 15th, the day of sale. For general information please call (510) 740-0220 ext. 0 or e-mail info@michaans.com. Michaan’s Auctions is located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501.