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September 20 2014


The auction will be held in Elite’s gallery, at 1034 Gateway Boulevard in Boynton Beach, Fla.

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – A Chinese Hongshan Culture jade ware piece estimated to bring a staggering $300,000-$400,000, a large Chinese Kangxi period red and blue porcelain vase, and an antique Chinese hand-painted lacquered wooden wall panel depicting dragons are just a few of the expected top lots at Elite Decorative Arts’ Fine Asian Carvings & Works of Art Auction.

The sale, totaling over 300 lots, will be held Saturday, Sept. 20, at Elite Decorative Arts’ gallery, located in the Quantum Town Center at 1034 Gateway Blvd. in Boynton Beach, beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern time. Previews will be held Friday, Sept. 19, from 11-5, and on Saturday, the day of sale, from 11-1. Internet bidding will be facilitated by and

The Hongshan Culture jade ware, having a design of clouds and calcification and crystallization throughout, may have actually been estimated conservatively. It was featured in the 2012 Spring Arts Auction at Macau Chung Shun, one of China’s most prestigious auction houses, where it was valued at $500,000 ($100,000 more than Elite’s high figure). The item is 13 5/8 inches long.

The large and impressive Chinese Kangxi period (1662-1722) porcelain vase is hand-painted in iron red and cobalt blue tones. It has gilt accenting throughout and depicts birds of paradise with flowers on branches and rock formations. It was previously purchased by the consignor from Ban-Lao in Paris and has a pre-sale estimate of $6,000-$8,000. The vase stands 18 ¼ inches tall.

Cinnabar Lacquered Relief Charger
The antique Chinese hand-painted lacquer wooden wall panel depicts five dragons among clouds with rock formations and is 32 inches high by 43 ½ inches wide (est. $8,000-$12,000). Also sold will be a circa 17th century (late Ming to early Qing dynasty) Chinese red cinnabar lacquer relief charger depicting lotus blossoms in a relief design, 12 inches in diameter (est. $10,000-$15,000).

An antique Chinese bronze cloisonné three-footed vase, standing 14 inches tall and with lion’s head handles and a floral and Buddha lion decoration over a light blue ground, is marked to the base Chien Long and should realize $25,000-$35,000. Also, a large Chinese hand-painted blue and white porcelain vase depicting flying dragons and flaming pearls, should hit $2,000-$3,000.

A pair of Chinese hand-painted enameled yellow ground famille rose vases, each one measuring about 11 ½ inches tall and depicting lotus blossoms with scrolled vines, will be offered as one lot, with a pre-sale estimate of $6,000-$8,000. The sides hold inline red zhuanshu calligraphy Qianlong (1736-1795) reign mark, which are of the period. A fitted presentation box is included.

Chinese Green Jadeite Handled Vase
An antique Chinese mottled green jadeite handled urn, featuring foo lion handles carved in relief, four inches in height, should garner $1,000-$1,200. The vessel is etched with beautiful scroll design and loop handles extending from the foo lion’s mouth. The pale green matric display patches of brilliant green apple and spinach green striations. The lot comes with a fitted base.

A Chinese silver and enameled wisteria box measuring 4 inches wide by 2 ½ inches tall, with a beautiful enameled floral design to the top and enameled wisteria hanging to the sides (weighing 12 troy ounces) should command $5,000-$6,000. Also, a hand-made Chinese coral and 14kt yellow gold ladies’ ring (size 11), custom made in the 1970s for $15,000, having a red coral bird of paradise with turquoise, lapis, peridot and amber accent stones, should reach $5,000-$7,500.

A watercolor on paper set in scroll depicting a rooster by Xu Beihong (Ch., 1895-1953), with calligraphy poems to the left and right, each having two red seals, with an image area of 39 inches long by 15 inches wide, is expected to rise to $8,000-$12,000. Also, a huge green Chinese celadon glaze bowl having an incised lotus blossom design throughout, made circa the Qing dynasty (1644-1911), 6 ¾ inches tall by 14 ¾ inches in diameter, should fetch $4,000-$6,000.

Rounding out just some of the day’s expected top lots is an important set of four antique Chinese panels, each one containing four hand-painted plaques (16 plaques total) depicting various birds (est. $1,000-$2,000). The plaques appear to be turn of the century, in newer wood mounts. The wood finish is beautiful, both front and back. The total length, with wood mount: 61 inches tall.

Elite Decorative Arts is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To inquire about consigning a single item, an estate or collection, you may call them at (561) 200-0893; or, you can send an e-mail to To learn more about Elite Decorative Arts and the Sept. 20th Fine Asian Carvings & Works of Art Auction, please visit
Chinese Famille Rose Porcelain Screen
The screen was by far the top lot of the sale and the final hammer price caught the Elite team, which had assigned it a modest pre-sale estimate of just $1,400-$1,800, a little by surprise. “But it only proves what we’ve been seeing recently,” said Scott Cieckiewicz of Elite Decorative Arts. “Chinese porcelain plaques and screens have become extremely popular and bring high dollars.”

Case in point: a set of four Chinese famille rose porcelain plaques depicting the four seasons and housed in hardwood frames, with inscriptions, was offered recently by the British auction firm Charterhouse, with a pre-sale estimate of $300-$500. By the time the final gavel fell, the set had reached a stratospheric $630,000. Undeniably, the market for certain Chinese antiques is red hot.

“Obviously we are seeking these items for consignment,” Cieckiewicz said, “not just porcelain plaques and screens, but other antiquities, too, like red coral carvings, jade carvings, porcelain, bronze and more.” At the firm’s March 15 auction, he noted, a palatial-sized Chinese porcelain antique famille rose fish bowl (or planter), expected to realize $3,000-$5,000, reached $27,830.

The antique Chinese porcelain screen that topped the March 29 sale was a gorgeous example, and substantial, too, with an overall size of 38 ½ inches by 46 ¾ inches. All four of the panels were famille rose. The sale, which grossed just over $250,000, attracted 80 in-house bidders, 21 phone bidders and 1,727 online bidders, who bid via and

Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include either an 18 percent buyer’s premium for in-house and phone bidders or a 21 percent premium for internet bidders.

Ching-Lung Dynasty Chinese Wash Cup
A blue and white Chinese footed wash cup from the Ching-Lung dynasty (circa 1736-1796), measuring five inches in height and signed to the base, changed hands for $10,030. This lot was intriguing because it became lost some years ago and again resurfaced just after World War II.

A large oil on canvas painting by the Lithuanian-born American artist Max Band (1900-1974), titled Butcher Boy and imposing in size at 24 ½ inches by 39 inches, garnered $8,260. The work is artist signed lower left and framed. Band studied at the Berlin Academy, authored the book History of Contemporary Art (1935) and lived a good portion of his life in Hollywood, Calif.

A bronze sculpture depicting a beautiful, partially nude woman by the French artist Jean-Baptiste Clesigner (1814-1883), 29 inches tall, fetched $5,082. The 1857 work was highly detailed, with the woman’s hair bound to the back with grape leaves. Clesinger was also known as Auguste. He learned from his father, a sculptor and stone mason, and maintained studios in Paris and Rome.

Another bronze – a limited-edition and large (92 inches tall) sculpture by the Israeli-Egyptian artist Itzik Asher (b. 1946), titled Virgin Bathing, signed and dated (1995), breezed to $7,965. Also, a 19th century 18kt yellow gold micro-mosaic bangle bracelet with one side featuring a mural based on a fresco painted by Guido Reni (circa 1612) in Rome, Italy, reached $5,900.

Chinese carved red coral sculptures are hugely popular with collectors, and this auction had several to bid on. Examples included a grouping depicting a Quan Yin standing atop a floral decorated dragon boat ($5,082); a Shou Lou surrounded by seashells ($4,477); a peddler boy holding a bird, staff and jug ($3,025); and a Quan Yin holding a basket of flowers ($4,602).

Elite Decorative Arts’ next big auction is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, also in the Boynton Beach gallery, starting promptly at 1 p.m. (EST). Offered will be hundreds of examples of fine decorative arts. Previews will be held Friday, April 11, from 11-5 and on Saturday from 11-1. As in past auctions, internet bidding will be facilitated by and

Elite Decorative Arts is always looking for quality consignments for future auctions. To inquire about consigning an item, an estate or a collection, you may call them at (561) 200-0893; or, you can send them an e-mail inquiry to To learn more about Elite Decorative Arts and the upcoming April 12th fine decorative arts auction, log on to