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This blog was created to shed awareness of issues that East Asians face politically, economically and culturally. While we are passionate about our views we still maintain our sense of humor and may occasionally post some funny Asian things found on the internet.
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THURSDAY 06 OCTOBER 2016 JADE, JEWELLERY & ASIAN WORKS OF ART

THURSDAY 06 OCTOBER 2016 JADE, JEWELLERY & ASIAN WORKS OF ART
JADE, JEWELLERY AND ASIAN WORKS OF ART CATALOG AVAILABLE NOW                 PREVIEW PERIOD Saturday, Oct 1 :   11AM - 6PM  Monday, Oct 3 :   11AM - 6PM  Tuesday, Oct 4 : 11AM - 6PM Wednesday, Oct 5 :   11AM - 6PM Thursday, Oct  6 :  11AM - 1PM Jade, Jewellery, and Asian Works of Art Lead the Way at 888 Auctions Richmond Hill, ON –The fall season is fully underway and definitively marks the return of high quality and prestigious, fresh-to-market items from 888 Auctions. Although the temperatures continue to drop, prices are expected to soar October 10 with 455 lots offered to the highest bidder. Leading the auction are a pair of jade carved items. Lot 117 features an extremely rare Western Han Dynasty White Jade Carved Seal . It is of large square form with a slanted trapezoidal top and surmounted by a coiling chilling in high relief. The surface of the stone is of mottled russet tone but the quality of the relief carving is in immaculate condition. The seal was brought to Toronto from Hong Kong and expected to exceed its high estimate of $160,000 . Another standout jade carved seal can be found soon afterward at Lot 118: A Qing Dynasty Chinese Imperial Green Jade Carved Seal . Surmounted by a pair of intertwining dragons and of square section, the seal is incised with Manchu and seal script calligraphy on the sides. The seal face is carved with...
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NEXT AUCTION 15 SEPTEMBER 2016 FINE CHINESE CERAMICS, JADES AND WORKS OF ART

NEXT AUCTION 15 SEPTEMBER 2016 FINE CHINESE CERAMICS, JADES AND WORKS OF ART
FINE CHINESE CARVINGS, CERAMICS & BRONZES AVAILABLE NOW                 PREVIEW PERIOD Saturday, Sept 11 :   11AM - 6PM  Monday, Sept 12 :   11AM - 6PM  Tuesday, Sept 13: 11AM - 6PM Wednesday, Sept 14 :   11AM - 6PM Thursday, Sept 15 :  11AM - 1PM Ceramics and Jades Headline 888 Auctions’ September 15 Autumn Sale Richmond Hill, ON – Thursday, September 15 th marks the beginning of the lucrative autumn season and 888 Auctions is proud to feature its customary collection of high quality, fresh-to-market items. Discerning collectors will encounter within the 450-lot auction a strong collection of jade carvings, Chinese porcelain ceramics, traditional watercolour brushwash paintings, and rare wood carved furniture. Headlining the 450-lot auction is Lot 346, an 18 th Century Chinese Qianlong Period Falangcai Porcelain Vase . This extremely rare porcelain vase features a pear-shaped body surmounted by a slender neck. The exterior is exquisitely painted with a floral motif featuring myosotis flower, peony and rose sprays. Bearing a four-character Qianlong Mark on base, the Falangcai vase boasts exceptional provenance and is expected to exceed its high estimate of $80,000 . The strong collection of porcelains is also supplemented by a collection of other vases, bowls, and chargers. They can be found at the following lots: Lot 266: Large Chinese Copper Red Fish Porcelain Bowl (High Estimate: $30,000) Lot 308: Fine Blue & White Porcelain Charger Chenghua Mark (High Estimate: $16,000) Lot 352: 18th Pair Fine Blue Peking Glass Porcelain...
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NEXT AUCTION 18 AUGUST 2016 FINE CHINESE CARVINGS, CERAMICS & BRONZES

NEXT AUCTION 18 AUGUST 2016 FINE CHINESE CARVINGS, CERAMICS & BRONZES
FINE CHINESE CARVINGS, CERAMICS & BRONZES AVAILABLE NOW                 PREVIEW PERIOD Saturday, Aug 13 :   11AM - 6PM  Monday, Aug 15 :   11AM - 6PM  Tuesday, Aug 16 : 11AM - 6PM Wednesday, Aug 17 :   11AM - 6PM Thursday, Aug 18 :  11AM - 1PM 888 Auctions’ August 18 Final Summer Sale Featuring Fine Chinese Carvings, Ceramics & Bronzes Richmond Hill, ON – August 18 marks 888 Auctions’ final summer sale of 2016 and will be featuring an assortment of 488 lots comprised of porcelain ceramics, bronze deities and vases, rare jade carved stones, and rare and valuable paintings. Headlining the auction will be Lot 461, a Yuan Dynasty Chinese Gilt Bronze Buddha Figure . The Buddha figure depicts a Shakyamuni Buddha seated in dhayanasana, with the right hand in vitarka mudra and the left in avakasha mudra. Measuring 35 cm high and weighing 10 kilograms, this lot was previously sold at Hauchen Auctions in Beijing. Today, this commands a high estimate of $300,000 . Among other bronzeware in the auction is Lot 463, a Pair of Chinese Fine Bronze Cloisonne Vases Xuande Mark . These majestic hexagonal vases feature Bogu objects. Bearing a four-character Xuande Mark on base, the pair should exceed its $12,000 high estimate . Ceramics continue to be held in high regard by collectors looking to find a bargain and this auction is no exception. Leading the way is Lot 299, a Song Dynasty Chinese Guan Type Porcelain...
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NEXT AUCTION 21 JULY 2016 CHINESE PAINTINGS, CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART

NEXT AUCTION 21 JULY 2016 CHINESE PAINTINGS, CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART
CHINESE PAINTINGS, CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART CATALOG AVAILABLE NOW                 PREVIEW PERIOD Saturday, July  17 :   11AM - 6PM  Monday, July  18 :   11AM - 6PM  Tuesday, July  19 : 11AM - 6PM Wednesday, July  20 :   11AM - 6PM Thursday, July 21 :  11AM - 1PM 888 Auctions’ Last Summer July 21 st Sale Featuring Chinese Paintings, Ceramics & Works of Art Richmond Hill, ON – 888 Auctions’ last summer auction of the year will take place on July 21 st , 2016 featuring an eclectic selection of over 470 rare, fresh-to-market Chinese Paintings, Ceramics, & Works of Art . The beginning of the auction will feature 888 Auctions’ staple of quality watercolour paintings. Highlight the paintings category will be two lots from the early twentieth century. Lot 45, an Ink on Paper Scroll Zhang Ce (b.1957) and Lot 48, a Watercolour on Paper Scroll Yuan Xiaocen (1915-2008 ) carry an $8,000 and $3,200 high estimate , respectively. Both have been garnering considerable interest in the lead up to the auction. From the collection of ceramics up for bidding are two lots of considerable quality; Lot 282, a Fine Famille Rose Porcelain Water Pot features an iron-red six-character Jiaqing Ma rk on base and carries a respectable $20,000 high estimate . This is followed closely by Lot 284, a Fine Blue & White Porcelain Waterpot featuring Kangxi Mark . The waterpot features a dragon and phoenix in antithetical positions flanking a...
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NEXT AUCTION 23 JUNE 2016 ASIAN PAINTINGS, JEWELLERY & WORKS OF ART

NEXT AUCTION 23 JUNE 2016 ASIAN PAINTINGS, JEWELLERY & WORKS OF ART
ASIAN PAINTINGS, JEWELLERY & WORKS OF ART CATALOG AVAILABLE NOW                 PREVIEW PERIOD Saturday, June  18 :   11AM - 6PM  Monday, June  20 :   11AM - 6PM  Tuesday, June  21 : 11AM - 6PM Wednesday, June  22 :   11AM - 6PM Thursday, June  23 :  11AM - 1PM 888 Auctions Mid-Summer June 23 Sale Featuring Asian Paintings, Jewelry, and Works of Art Richmond Hill, ON – 449 lots will be on display and up for auction at its June 23 auction entitled, Asian Paintings, Jewelry, and Works of Art . Featuring Chinese ceramics, stone carvings, jewelry, metalware, and watercolour paintings, this summer auction will be attracting great attention and sizzling prices. Paintings continue to remain a staple at 888 Auctions and this month’s is no exception. Headlining the strong collection of lots is Lot 23, a Watercolour Handscroll, signed Xu Beihong (1895-1953) . Featuring magpies perched on plum blossom branches, it is inscribed with one artist seal and expected to surpass its high estimate of $12,000 . Lot 70 is also attracting significant attention; a Watercolour on Paper Scroll signed Tang Xinyu , it carries a $5,000 high estimate. Ceramics continue to make surge in the market reaching respectable prices despite the economic downturn. Collectors looking to add to their collection will be pleased to find two highlighted items. Lot 352 is a Yuan/Ming Period Blue & White Porcelain Vase and is expected to surpass its high estimate of $12,000 . Lot 370...
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Closed for Victoria Day Weekend

Closed for Victoria Day Weekend
Enjoy your Victoria Day long weekend for those in Canada. 888 Auctions will be closed on Saturday 5/21 to Monday 5/23 and will reopen on Tuesday 5/24.   A reminder that the preview for the May 26th auction is on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Enjoy your weekend and Drive Safe.
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NEXT AUCTION 26 MAY 2016 CHINESE CARVINGS & ASIAN WORKS OF ART

NEXT AUCTION 26 MAY 2016 CHINESE CARVINGS & ASIAN WORKS OF ART
CHINESE CARVINGS & ASIAN WORKS OF ART CATALOG AVAILABLE NOW               PREVIEW PERIOD Tuesday, May 24 : 11AM - 6PM Wednesday, May 25 :   11AM - 6PM Thursday, May 26 :  11AM - 1PM Qianlong Carved Ivory Carved Figures Headline 888 Auctions May 26 Sale Richmond Hill, ON – 888 Auctions ushers in the summer season on Thursday, May 26 th with an excellent variety of quality fresh-to-market items featuring 462 lots of Chinese Carvings and Asian Works of Art , which will include watercolour paintings, dynastic ceramics and carvings, precious metals and jade pieces. The summer sale will feature some truly exceptional items ranging from ivory carved figures and intricate jade carvings to contemporary luxury watches and gilt bronze figures featuring Buddhist deities. From the collection of Buddhist deities, collectors will be ecstatic over the inclusion of not one but two excellent pieces. Lot 430 features a Fine Gilt Bronze Buddha Figure with Ming Yongle Mark on base. The finely cast gilt bronze figure of the bodhisattva Maitreya is seated in vajraparyankasana with hands in mudra holding the stems of lotus flowers. Standing 23 cm tall and weight 2236 grams, this rare piece commands a high estimate of $70,000 . Not to be outdone is another bronze figure of Guanyin at Lot 435 . Bearing the Mark of Kangxi, it is expected to surpass its high estimate of $20,000 . From what has become a staple at 888 Auctions, two jade carved pieces...
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NEXT AUCTION 5 MAY 2016 ASIAN ANTIQUES & PAINTINGS

NEXT AUCTION 5 MAY 2016 ASIAN ANTIQUES & PAINTINGS
ASIAN ANTIQUES & PAINTINGS CATALOG AVAILABLE NOW               PREVIEW PERIOD Saturday, April  30 : 11AM - 5PM Monday, May 2 : 11AM - 6PM Tuesday, May 3 : 11AM - 6PM Wednesday, May 4 :   11AM - 6PM Thursday, May 5 :  11AM - 1PM Canadian Paintings Headline 888 Auctions’ Asian Antiques & Paintings May 5 th Sale Richmond Hill, ON – Thursday, May 5 th , 2016 will make 888 Auctions’ first summer sale of the year featuring over 400 quality lots of Asian Antiques and Paintings . Featuring a variety of fresh-to-market items with estimates ranging from $200 to over $20,000, collectors will be sure to find what they are looking for. Highlighting this May sale will be Lot 287: A Yuan/Ming Period Large Dragon Porcelain Jar . This large porcelain jar is of a compressed globular body tapering to the bottom and decorated with striding dragons amidst clouds in relief. The jar commands a high estimate of $24,000 . Not to be outdone, other high quality ceramic pieces can be found at the following lots: Lot 83: Qianlong Famille Rose Porcelain Jar with Cover (High Estimate: $6,000) Lot 286: 16/17 th Century Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Jar (High Estimate: $8,000) Lot 306: Blue & White Porcelain Vase Ming Xuande Mark (High Estimate: $12,000) An auction would not be complete without 888 Auctions’ customary quality paintings and this sale is no exception. The featured lot from the paintings category are three...
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