Chinese Ivory & Jade Carvings to Highlight Elite Decorative Arts’ Auction

These Namibian elephant tusks, 69 inches long with wooden display stands, have a presale estimated value of $40,000-$60,000. They will be up for auction on Saturday, Nov. 19, in a sale hosted by Elite Decorative Arts.

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – Nearly 600 lots of top-quality Chinese carvings and works of art—including antique carved ivory and jade—will be sold at auction Saturday, Nov. 19, by Elite Decorative Arts, in the firm’s spacious Boynton Beach gallery.

“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. Bidders can register at the Elite Decorative Arts website and hyperlink from there 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.

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 stunning relief carved polychromed Chinese ivory elephant tusk.

This pair of Chinese hand-carved plaques depicting a war scene, 9 ½ inches tall will bring between $6,000 and $8,000.

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.

An antique Chinese hand-carved jadeite floral bouquet, 9 ¾ inches in height (est. $6,000-$8,000).

Chinese hand-carved white and lavender jadeite teapot, 6 ½ inches tall (est. $12,000-$16,000).

Chinese hand-carved white and lavender jadeite covered censor, 8 inches (est. $8,000-$12,000).

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.

For more information about this auction, call 561.200.0893 or toll-free at 800.991.3340, e-mail to info@eliteauction.com of visit the Elite Decorative Arts website.

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