Collections can be viewed now at www.gianguanacutions.com. In-gallery preview opens Friday, March 3rd at Gianguan Auctions’ mid-town gallery, 39 W. 56th Street. The sale is Saturday, March 11th, starting at 10 a.m., the first weekend of Asia Week.
Lot 128–a black glazed bottle-neck vase of the Qing Dynasty elaborately enameled with gilt wire outlines on a field of Famille rose. Six Buddhist lions, florals and acanthus leaves are set off by a gilt key-fret rim. The blue reign mark and the Qianlong six-character mark are on its base. The estimate is “by request”.
The tomb of a general and his princess wife buried on March 18, in the year 564, has been discovered in China.
Found tomb containing skeletons of General Zhao Xin and Princess Neé Liu.
The princess was the daughter of the Cong Ming King from the Northern Qi Dynasty, which existed for just 27 years and was one of the shortest and mysterious dynasties in Chinese history.
The ancient tomb, which contained the couple’s skeletons, was also filled with figurines.
Apart from the remains of the couple, 80 exquisite coloured figurines have also been found inside their tomb chamber.
A sandstone inscription found in the tomb describes the life of the couple Zhao Xin and his wife, Princess Neé Liu. The inscription says (in translation), “On the 20th day of the second moon of the third year of the Heqing period [a date researchers said corresponds to March 18, 564], they were buried together.”
Zhao was the son of the leader of a local tribe and was born with a general title, according to the inscription, which was written in ancient Chinese.
The man was born with a general title and was promoted three times in his life. When he died at the age of 67, he was the general of a garrison of solders at Huangniu Town, leading some 5,000 soldiers.
The man’s presence could ‘command a hundred cities and scare off 10,000 men’, said the inscription.
As a reward to his loyal service, Zhao was given three more titles after he had passed away, including the Jiabiaoqi Great General and the local executive of Chanshan County.
Of Princess Neé Liu, the inscription says that “by nature, she was modest and humble, and sincerity and filial piety were her roots. Her accommodating nature was clear, her behavior respectful and chaste.”
A rare Chinese porcelain cup sold for $180,000 at Brunk Auctions this Saturday.
The Imperial cup features the sealmark of Qianlong in underglaze blue and fine polychrome enameling. It also features an inscribed poem attributed to the Qianlong Emperor which bears the date of the bingshen year (1776).
According to Andrew Brunk, President of Brunk Auctions, “The exceptional sale of this piece of porcelain suggests that Brunk Auctions has extensive reach in the Chinese market. We are delighted that this fine cup sold for a price comparable to similar works at New York Auction houses.”
Benbaping Jaiqing style mark Republic Period enamelled with scrolling flowers and the Eight Buddhist Treasures on a white ground beneath a banded neck and drum shaped top now glued to the base iron red six character seal style mark 26.5cm.
Provenance: acquired by an ancestor of the vendor while working as a solicitor in Shanghai in the early 20th century and thence by descent.