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NEXT AUCTION 22 OCT 2015 CHINESE CERAMICS, PAINTINGS & WORKS OF ART

NEXT AUCTION 22 OCT 2015 CHINESE CERAMICS, PAINTINGS & WORKS OF ART
CHINESE CERAMICS, PAINTINGS & WORKS OF ART ONLINE CATALOG AVAILABLE NOW              888 Auctions’ October 22 Sale to Showcase Fine Chinese Ceramics, Paintings and Works of Art Richmond Hill, ON – Thursday, October 22 nd will be a day to remember as 888 Auctions will be auctioning off Chinese Ceramics, Paintings, and Works of Art featuring 480 lots for collectors and connoisseurs looking to acquire fresh to market pieces. Leading the sale, will be a trio of standout ceramic pieces both bearing the Imperial Seal Mark of Emperor Qianlong. Lot 313 is an 18 th Century Chinese Polychrome Porcelain Vase . The unusually squat body features a colourful enamelled palette of colours on light turquoise ground. Hailing from the 18 th /19 th Century and bearing a six-character Qianlong Mark on base and possibly of the Period, the 40 cm-tall porcelain vase is expected to easily surpass its high estimate of $12,000 . Equally impressive is Lot 351, a Chinese Gold Gilt Famille Rose Hu-shaped Porcelain Vase . Also bearing the imperial seal of Qianlong on base, the pear-shaped body features dragons in low relief on a mille fleurs ground. The 36 cm-tall vase also commands a $12,000 high estimate . Last but not least, collectors will be delighted to find the rare inclusion of a porcelain censor. Lot 254 is a Chinese gilt Famille Rose enamelled porcelain censer and its globular body carries an openwork carved lid; the whole body is richly enameled in...
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NEXT AUCTION 1 OCT 2015 FINE CHINESE & ASIAN WORKS OF ART

NEXT AUCTION 1 OCT 2015 FINE CHINESE & ASIAN WORKS OF ART
FINE CHINESE & ASIAN WORKS OF ART ONLINE CATALOG AVAILABLE NOW                PREVIEW PERIOD Saturday, Sept 26: 11AM-5PM Monday, Sept  28: 11AM-6PM Tuesday, Sept 29: 11AM-6PM Wednesday, Sept 30 11AM-6PM Thursday, October 1 11AM-1PM   Dazzling Green Jadeite Diamond and Platinum Ring Headlines 888 Auctions’ Fine Chinese & Asian Works of Art Sale Richmond Hill, ON – 888 Auctions will be featuring Fine Chinese and Asian Works of Art on Thursday, October 1 st , 2015. The 512-lot sale will be held at 888 Auctions’ saleroom gallery and will begin at 2 p.m. Eastern. The auction will showcase an exciting and varied collection of Asian art and antiques including but not limited to porcelains, paintings jewellery, jade and Tianhuang stone carvings, Buddhist deities, as well as finely carved furniture pieces. Items have been selected for their fine aesthetic value and rarity. The past year has been quite fortuitous for collectors of porcelain and if 888 Auctions’ recent sales are any indication, porcelain ceramics have consistently hammered above their respective estimates and generated excitement and intrigue. However, the showcase piece of the October 1 st auction will feature Lot 210: a Green Jadeite & Diamond & Platinum Ring . The professionally refined cabochon-cut emerald green jade is surrounded by numerous marquise-cut diamonds and carries a high estimate of $20,000 . Among the list of notable stone carvings, Lot 266: a Chinese Green Fine Carved Jade Dragon Water Pot stands out as a unique piece. Considering...
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NEXT AUCTION 10 SEPT 2015 CHINESE CARVINGS, CERAMICS & ASIAN WORKS OF ART

NEXT AUCTION 10 SEPT 2015 CHINESE CARVINGS, CERAMICS & ASIAN WORKS OF ART
CHINESE CARVINGS, CERAMICS & ASIAN WORKS OF ART ONLINE CATALOG AVAILABLE NOW              888 Auctions’ Begins Fall Season Featuring Chinese Carvings, Ceramics & Works of Art Richmond Hill, Ontario – 501 fine Chinese carvings, ceramics and works of art—to include jade and Tianhuang stone carvings, ceramics, jewellery, watercolour paintings, silver—will be sold to the highest bidder on Thursday, September 10 th , by 888 Auctions at 1 p.m. EDT. Coming off an auction that saw remarkable prices achieved for Chinese ceramics and finely carved carvings, 888 Auctions will kickstart the fall season highlighting an excellent collection of Chinese cravings, ceramics, and various works of art . Exceptional porcelain ceramics continue to be in high demand and the September sale will feature two magnificent lots. Collectors will be pleased to find Lot 377: a Chinese Porcelain Dayazhai Vase bearing the Mark of Yongqing . Bearing a three-character Dayazhai mark on body and decorated with auspicious designs featuring clusters of peonies and orchid on the turquoise ground, the vase carries a high estimate of $10,000. Not to be outdone, Lot 382 features a Magnificent Pair of 18 th Century Famille Rose Porcelain Vases . Each vase is painted to the body with a circular panel depicting European Horsemen and Dogs. The base bears the mark of Qianlong. The pair of vases is expected to exceed its high estimate of $24,000. Stone carvings are a mainstay in sales of 888 Auctions and this sale is no exception. Collectors...
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Closed on 8/1-8/3 for Civic Holiday Weekend

Closed on 8/1-8/3 for Civic Holiday Weekend
888 Auctions will be closed on Aug 1 - Aug 3 for the Civic Holiday Weekend and reopen on Tuesday Aug 4.  A reminder that next auction is on Thursday Aug 13, 2015 at 2:00 pm
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NEXT AUCTION 13 AUG 2015 CHINESE PAINTINGS, CERAMICS & ASIAN WORKS OF ART

NEXT AUCTION 13 AUG 2015 CHINESE PAINTINGS, CERAMICS & ASIAN WORKS OF ART
CHINESE & ASIAN ART ONLINE CATALOG AVAILABLE NOW         ONLINE CATALOG & LIVE INTERNET BIDDING   PREVIEW PERIOD Saturday, Aug 7: 11AM-5PM Monday, Aug  9: 11AM-6PM Tuesday, Aug 10: 11AM-6PM Wednesday, Aug 12: 11AM-6PM Thursday, Aug 13 11AM-1PM   Yayoi Kusama to Lead 888 Auctions’ Final Summer August 13 CHINESE PAINTINGS, CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART Richmond Hill, Ontario – Over 500 fine Chinese paintings, ceramics, carvings and works of art will be sold to the highest bidder on Thursday, August 13 th , by 888 Auctions at 1 p.m. EDT at its CHINESE PAINTINGS, CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART . Featuring Asian paintings and ceramics, 888 Auctions final summer sale will continue to highlight an exceptional collection of watercolour paintings, fine porcelain, and stone carvings. The trend of outstanding prices achieved for 888’s collection of paintings has allowed for the inclusion of a Framed Acrylic on Canvas painting signed by the avant-garde artist, Yayoi Kusama and dated 1989 on the back. Lot 18 features sea horses and boasts provenance which is certified by Ace Fine Art Hiroyuki Haoka (2010) . Expected to garner considerable interest, this exceptional piece carries a conservative high estimate of $30,000 . Some notable Chinese ink brushwash paintings can also be found at the following lots: Lot 36: Chinese Watercolour Painting Scroll, signed Ding Guanpeng 1736-1795 (High Estimate: $12,000) Lot 37: Chinese Watercolour Painting Scroll, signed Zhang Daqian 1899-1983 (High Estimate: $6,000) The resurgence of porcelain in 2015 has been a pleasant...
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NEXT AUCTION 16 JULY 2015 CHINESE & ASIAN ART

NEXT AUCTION 16 JULY 2015 CHINESE & ASIAN ART
CHINESE & ASIAN ART ONLINE CATALOG AVAILABLE NOW         ONLINE CATALOG & LIVE INTERNET BIDDING   PREVIEW PERIOD Saturday, July 11: 11AM-5PM Monday, July  13: 11AM-6PM Tuesday, July 14: 11AM-6PM Wednesday, July 15: 11AM-6PM Thursday, July 16 11AM-1PM Chinese Reticulated Porcelain Qianlong Vase Headlines 888 Auctions’ Chinese and Asian Art Richmond Hill, ON – 888 Auctions will conduct a Chinese and Asian Art sale on Thursday, July 16 th , 2015. The 500-lot sale will be held at 888 Auctions’ saleroom gallery and will begin at 2 p.m. Eastern. The auction will showcase an enticing collection of Asian art and antiques including but not limited to paintings, porcelains, jewellery, jade and Tianhuang stone carvings, Buddhist deities, as well as finely carved furniture pieces. Items have been selected for their fine aesthetic value and exceptional provenance. After years of a steady decline in the demand for porcelain ceramics, the summer months have seen resurgence in prices achieved for Chinese porcelains. If 888 Auctions’ recent sales are any indication, porcelain ceramics have consistently hammered down beyond their respective estimates and generated excitement and intrigue. Thus, the showcase piece of the July 16 th auction will feature Lot 372: Chinese Porcelain Reticulated Vase bearing the Imperial Mark of Qianlong . The ovoid reticulated-designed body features auspicious waves in front of crashing waves and bears a six-character Qianlong Mark on base. The late 19 th Century/early 20 th Century vase is expected to surpass its conservative high estimate of $20,000. Not...
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Sotheby's Wins Case Over $15.8 Million Caravaggio

Sotheby's Wins Case Over $15.8 Million Caravaggio
Sotheby's Wins Case Over $15.8 Million Caravaggio 一位收藏家指责苏富比拍卖行严重低估了一幅后来被发现是卡拉瓦乔( Caravaggio )真迹的油画,他最近输掉了起诉拍卖行的官司。 Lancelot William Thwaytes 从他的表亲那里 继承了 《老千 》 (The Cardsharps) 这幅一直被认为是由意大利画家卡拉瓦乔的门徒创作的摹品。 Thwaytes 家庭于 1962 年以一小笔钱购买了这件作品。在 2006 年, Thwaytes 把这件作品交给伦敦苏富比拍卖行,由匿名买家以 £42,000 英镑(约 $63,700 美金)购得。   然而,在 2006 年拍卖过后,这幅画的新主人清理并修复了此油画。一年过后,世界著名油画专家 Denis Mahon ,在他 97 岁生日时骄傲的宣布此画为卡拉瓦乔早在 1595 年绘制的真迹,价值 1000 万英镑(约 1580 万美金)。 Thwaytes 对此十分不满,将苏富比告上法院追讨损失,并控告苏富比提供错误的鉴定建议。   苏富比列举了当时专家的建议来辩护自己对此画的鉴定无误。最终,伦敦高级法院的法官认为拍卖行在鉴定此画并没有任何不公正行为,并且此画当年的状况并“不足以判定为卡拉瓦乔真迹”。苏富比拍卖行有权依靠对此画进行完整检查的专家的鉴定和经验作出判断。   由于 Denis Mahon 已经于 2011 年去世, 《老千 》 (The Cardsharps) 被伦敦博物馆借来展览,并被博物馆投保 100 万英镑。苏富比的发言人对法院裁决表示喜悦,称其为对苏富比鉴定专业领域的认可。   新闻来源 artnet news  
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25 JUNE 2015 CHINESE PAINTINGS, STONES & CERAMICS

25 JUNE 2015 CHINESE PAINTINGS, STONES & CERAMICS
CHINESE PAINTINGS, STONES & CERAMICS ONLINE CATALOG AVAILABLE NOW       ONLINE CATALOG & LIVE INTERNET BIDDING   PREVIEW PERIOD Saturday, June 20: 11AM-5PM Monday, June 22: 11AM-6PM Tuesday, June 23: 11AM-6PM Wednesday, June 24: 11AM-6PM Thursday, June 25 11AM-1PM
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888 Auctions’ Mid-Summer June 25 Sale Featuring Fine Chinese Carvings and Watercolour Paintings Richmond Hill, Ontario – Over 500 fine Chinese carvings and works of art—to include jade and Tianhuang stone carvings, jewellery, watercolour paintings, porcelains and silver—will be sold to the highest bidder on Thursday, June 25 th , by 888 Auctions at 1 p.m. EDT. Hot off the heels of an auction that saw some remarkable prices, 888 Auctions’ mid-summer sale of the year will be highlighting an exceptional collection of watercolour paintings, stone carvings, and fine porcelain. Quality stone carvings continue to experience renewed interest from collectors. A fine example can be found at Lot 159 : a rare Chinese Tianhuang Stone Seal , accompanied with a custom rosewood carved stand. Commanding a high estimate of $50,000 , this genuine Tianhuang stone seal is sure to capture great interest leading up to the auction day. Following closely behind the Tianhuang stone seal will be one of the featured lots of the day at Lot 167A: a Fine Chinese Chicken Bloodstone . Featuring delicate carvings of dragons and strings of money amidst ruyi-head cloud scrolls, this breathtaking relief carving is signed by the artist and rests atop a shoushan stone carved stand. The boulder of translucent...
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