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November 2011

NEARLY 600 LOTS OF TOP-QUALITY CHINESE CARVINGS AND WORKS OF ART WILL BE SOLD SATURDAY, NOV. 19, BY ELITE DECORATIVE ARTS IN FLORIDA

(BOYNTON BEACH, Fla.) – Nearly 600 lots of top-quality Chinese carvings and works of art will be sold at auction Saturday, Nov. 19, by Elite Decorative Arts, in the firm’s spacious gallery located at the Quantum Town Center in Boynton Beach, at 1034 Gateway Boulevard (Suite 106). The auction will have a special start time of 6 p.m. (EST), with a preview from 4-6.

“We’re starting the auction in the evening rather than the early afternoon to accommodate the Chinese audience, which we expect will be substantial,” said Scott Cieckiewicz of Elite Decorative Arts. “The market for Chinese antiques is red-hot right now, not just here but around the world and especially in China, the native home of these objects, where wealth is on the rise.”

Internet bidding, which should be brisk, will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com. Bidders can register at the Elite Decorative Arts website (www.eliteauction.com) and hyperlink from there to LiveAuctioneers.com, to view lot photos and descriptions. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. All of the lots will carry reserves (minimums). A buyer’s premium will be applied to all purchases. A preview will also be held on Friday, Nov. 18, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Two of the lots have pre-sale estimates of $40,000-$60,000. The first is a marvelous pair of Namibian elephant tusks, each one mounted with a wooden display stand. The tusks measure 69 inches in length, with a circumference at the base of 18 ¾ inches. One tusk has an ivory weight of 78 lbs., the other 73 lbs. The tusk control numbers are NA02688355 and NA02588345.

Polychromed Chinese Ivory Carved Elephant Tusk
Polychromed Chinese Ivory Carved Elephant Tusk

The other lot is a stunning relief-carved polychromed Chinese ivory carved and painted elephant tusk. The late 19th or early 20th century tusk is 28 ½ inches long and 7 inches wide, and has 17 individually carved figures performing various activities. Depicted are immortals with a phoenix, along with minstrels, servants, gift givers and a bust of Buddha cut out in the interior.

A pair of large, 19th century Chinese famille rose hand-painted enamel porcelain vases, boasting a tall and elegant octagonal shape, should realize $15,000-$20,000. Each vase has vivid, multi-color depictions of Taoist immortals with calligraphy, scrolls and Imperial seals praising their virtues. The intricate floral border shows birds, butterflies, fish, shells and covered jars.

A beautiful, diminutive (6 ½ inches tall) Chinese hand-carved white and lavender jadeite teapot, finely carved throughout and with raised Canton shrimp on the body with water, carries a pre-sale estimate of $12,000-$16,000. The pot has a fully reticulated scrolled dragon handle with ring, a figural chicken head spout, a chain-link hanging handle and a wooden silver inlay stand.

A Chinese hand-carved white and lavender jadeite covered dragon censor is expected to hit $8,000-$12,000. The 8-inch-tall censor is meticulously carved throughout, with a cover having a figural Foo dragon beast handle flanked by two small dragons with relief carved rings. The body has a raised ox skull design and the sides show small dragons resting on turtle shells.

An antique Chinese hand-carved jadeite floral bouquet, intricately carved throughout and depicting flowers and fruit in a basket, has a pre-sale estimate of $6,000-$8,000. The incredible glowing jade specimen, 9 ½ inches tall by 8 ½ inches wide, has green, white and lavender colors, with spots of emerald gem jadeite (the jadeite weighs 3,658 grams). It has a fitted wooden base.

19th Century Chinese Famille Rose Porcelain Vases
19th Century Chinese Famille Rose Porcelain Vases

A pair of intricate Chinese hand-carved ivory plaques depicting warriors engaged in battle should fetch $6,000-$8,000. The relief carved design shows cavalry and infantrymen with traditional Chinese weapons. Rocks, trees and clouds are also shown in the scene. Each plaque is 9 ½ inches tall by 3 ¼ inches wide and each one has a fully reticulated scrolled design to foot.

An exquisite ladies’ Imperial emerald green gem jadeite and diamond ring with a platinum mounting is expected to reach $5,000-$7,000.The ring holds seven oval cut jadeite stones and around 120 round-cut diamonds, each one approximately 0.3 carats. The ring has amazing translucence and glow, with an 8.7 total diamond weight (13.4 grams). It is a size 6.

A gorgeous Chinese hand-carved red coral Quan Yin figure of a woman depicted in slender form, with a layered robe, standing 6 ¼ inches tall and with a one-inch base, should garner $2,800-$3,600. The figure boasts beautiful detailing throughout, and includes a fitted wooden base. The total coral weight of this lovely Chinese figural piece is about 59.8 grams.

A wonderfully hand-carved Chinese ivory Shou figure depicting the Taoist deity of longevity (one of the legendary “Three Lucky Star Gods”) carries a pre-sale estimate of $2,000-$3,000. The large figure (21 inches tall) depicts the deity smiling with a peach held in the left hand and a wooden dragon staff with double gourd holding the fluid of life in the right hand.

Elite Decorative Arts’ next big auction after this one is a Decorative Arts Sale scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10, with a start time of 1 p.m. (EST). The firm is currently accepting quality consignments for its next Oriental sale, to be held in early 2012 (time and date to be determined).

Elite Decorative Arts is an established, third-generation, full-service antique and auction gallery, specializing in fine decorative arts, paintings, estate jewelry and more. The gallery is located in the Quantum Town Center, located at 1034 Gateway Boulevard (Suite 106) in Boynton Beach, Fla. A full-time, knowledgeable staff is on hand Monday-Friday, from 10-6.

Elite Decorative Arts is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single piece, an entire estate or a collection, you may call them at either (561) 200-0893, or toll-free, at (800) 991-3340; or, you can e-mail them at info@eliteauction.com. To learn more about Elite Decorative Arts and its upcoming auctions, go to www.eliteauction.com.