The auction will feature over 790 lots including a wide selection of valuable ivory, jade and porcelain, prints, Chinese furniture, scroll paintings, and reference material.
Some of the highlights in the sale include a Chinese white lade vase, a Chinese Republic Period ivory wrist rest with polychrome insects, and a portrait of a Chinese military officer by illustrator Fred Craft.
Cowan's will offer a Chinese white jade vase estimated to sell for $20,000-$30,000. This vase is in the form of a Buddha's hand, with pierced and carved peach decoration.
A Chinese Republic Period ivory wrist rest with polychrome insects is estimated at $15,000-$20,000. This carved double wrist rest, when closed, takes the form of a bamboo shaft.
Cowan's specialist, Graydon Sikes, notes, "This fine Republic Period ivory wrist rest is one fine example of nearly 150 lots of Chinese and Japanese carved ivory."
A Chinese pair of cricket cages is estimated at $16,000-$18,000. Each cage features dragons and foliage designs.
A Chinese jade boulder is estimated to sell between $10,000 and $12,000. This boulder is carved on the front face with a series of pavilions, trees, foliage, and figures. The reverse is carved with trees and a pavilion on a fitted carved hardwood stand.
A Chinese coral figure of a man is estimated at $10,000-$12,000. The coral figure depicts a standing man holding a peach branch on a 20th-century wooden stand.
A glazed terra-cotta horse attributed to the T'ang Dynasty is expected to sell for $5,000-$7,000. This terra-cotta figure depicts a horse with a pale buff glaze along with nasturtium yellow glaze on the saddle and green glaze on the cloth.
A lot composed of five Chinese snuff bottles is estimated at $5,000-$6,000.
The lot includes a rock crystal snuff bottle carving of a Buddha's hands, a silver snuff bottle with numerous foo lions in relief, a carved ivory snuff bottle with a figural courtyard scene on each side, a jadite snuff bottle with bamboo handles, and a square-form inked ivory snuff bottle with a figural landscape and calligraphic text.
A portrait of a Chinese military officer by Illustrator Fred Craft is expected to sell for $3,000-$5,000. Watch this space for more news of Cowan's exciting sale.
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