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Manatee Galleries to debut Chinese arts auction Apr. 28

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Written by Auction House PR   
Thursday, 12 April 2012 15:11

Antique Chinese rosewood table. Image courtesy Manatee Galleries Inc.

PALMETTO, Fla. – Manatee Galleries Inc. will conduct their premiere Fine Antiques and Chinese Works of Art on Saturday, April 28, at 6 p.m. Eastern Time. will provide Internet live bidding.

The auction will be held at their brand new gallery, which is located at 1007 10th Ave. West. Auction preview runs April 20-28, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., or by appointment.

This is an exciting event that culminates many years of a family antiques business that began in New York in the 1950s and resumes in Florida. Manatee Galleries’ premier auction will disperse a longtime collection from a West Coast Florida estate as well as a collection from a well-known American dealer from the 1960s and '70s.

The sale will feature an antique Chinese Chippendale-style rosewood table from this estate that displays beautiful form and patina. The table is from a collection that was originally acquired during the mid-century period. The collector had exquisite taste, with the table being just one of the many splendid antiques from this collection.

Over 250 lots will be available for bidding including an important collection of Chinese porcelain dating back from the Tang/Han Dynasty and Kangxi period. The condition of many of these items is impeccable and the workmanship, artistry and color are amazing.

There are many fine pieces of antique jewelry including Asian pieces of jade, coral and ivory. One of the key pieces is a stunning Art Deco early 20th century Chinese coral and 14K gold necklace with amazing carving and vibrant color. It is a double-stranded beaded necklace that measures 22 inches, with lovely beads. The piece has weight to it but appears delicate when worn. The pendant is floral and intricately carved as well. Each piece of jewelry has uniqueness to it, but outstanding is a platinum and diamond brooch from the Art Deco period. Another star of the jewelry collection is a jade beaded necklace with an amazing white phoenix in the center as the pendant.

One of the highlighted pieces in the auction is a fabulous Chinese late 17th century charger made in the reign of the Emperor Kangxi. The Famille Verte pattern is very sought after from this period. It features a songbird on a branch among blossoms, together with a poem. All are displayed within a patterned rim border. A Buddhist symbol is also present and the item is fully marked on the base. The charger, in very good condition, is authentic Kangxi of the period, 1662-1772. In addition, there is another magnificent Chinese 17th century Famille Verte charger of the Kangxi period decorated with a great center medallion along with numerous foliate panels. The rim displays alternating geometric and flowering peony branches. The base has an underglazed artemsia leaf within a double lined circle.

There are many blue and white Chinese taste pieces dating back to the 17th century, along with a lovely selection of 18th and 19th century Chinese Export.

The collection is vast but most importantly all of the pieces show exquisite workmanship and authenticity to period. One of the highlights of the sale is an important 17th century Kangxi period (1662-1722) blue and white Gu-shaped Chi-long dragon beaker vase. The vase has a tall, slightly knopped, cylindrical body rising from a spreading flat base to a flaring neck. The upper body is painted with a fabulous dragon with the center band that separates the top and bottom painted with leaves and fruit, then the lower body retains stiff leaves. In addition, there is a Chinese blue and white dragon lobed bowl, Kangxi period (1662-1722), painted with reserves of confronting dragons grasping a pearl and Shou characters. The vase measures 7 1/2 inches.

Finally, Manatee Galleries will present a large Chinese cinnabar lacquer box and cover, Qianlong (1736-1795). This was purchased at Sotheby's Park Bernet Auction House in 1971. It is carved in relief with figures in a garden of overhanging trees and before distant mountains. The sides have borders of hexagonal foliate key-fret motifs. This large box measures 9 inches.

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Antique Chinese rosewood table. Image courtesy Manatee Galleries Inc.

17th century Chinese dragon gu-shape beaker vase. Image courtesy Manatee Galleries Inc.

Antique 18th and 19th century ceramics. Image courtesy Manatee Galleries Inc.

Antique fine blue and white Chinese porcelain. Image courtesy Manatee Galleries Inc.

Armorial 18th century Chinese porcelain. Image courtesy Manatee Galleries Inc.

Chinese Kangxi Famille Verte, jade, ivory and cinnabar. Image courtesy Manatee Galleries Inc.

Important Chinese Kangxi Famille Verte charger. Image courtesy Manatee Galleries Inc.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 April 2012 15:14

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