Heritage decorative arts sale uncovers exquisite Chinese objects
Rare and exquisite Chinese objects will lead the latest Heritage Auctions decorative arts sale in Dallas.
The two-day sale will offer more than 1,100 lots, ranging from antique furniture, ceramics and glassware to artworks from America, Europe and Asia.
Amongst the most valuable pieces is a stunning carved coral sculpture, which depicts the Eight Immortals rising forth from a boat, as told in an ancient Chinese myth about their exploration of the underwater realms.
Standing an impressive 20 inches tall, the carving is set on a rosewood base and will be offered with an estimate of $30,000 - $50,000.
Further notable Chinese treasures will include a 19th century carved jadeite figural urn and lid, depicting a pagoda-form house and seated Buddha figure, estimated at $20,000 - $30,000; a delicately carved white jade group featuring a phoenix and a peony tree, estimated at $20,000 - $30,000; and an openwork carved jade aquatic group featuring fish swimming through openwork coral, valued at $10,000 - $15,000.
The sale will also include a strong selection of fine French furniture, topped by a 19th century Baroque revival oak centre table, with a mosaic top depicting scenes from a Grand Tour of Italy, estimated at $40,000 - $60,000.
Collectors will also have the chance to acquire pieces such as a Louis XV-style gilt bronze mounted kingwood centre table with a marble top, estimated at $12,000 - $18,000; a Jacob Frères empire mahogany and gilt bronze mounted secretary bookcase, circa 1800, valued at $10,000 - $15,000; and a Maison Forest Louis XVI-style mahogany, kingwood and gilt bronze-mounted case clock, made in Paris circa 1890, estimated at $7,000 - $10,000.
Elsewhere the auction will offer important examples of Japanese cloisonné, rare Wedgwood ceramics from a private Dallas collection, a late 17th/early 18th century Flemish silk and wool allegorical tapestry, and a complete set of Japanese Meiji Period bound woodblocks, entitled One Hundred Famous Views of Edo.
The Heritage Auctions Fine & Decorative Arts sale takes place on September 17-18.
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