It's all looking rosy... A Famille Rose jar could swallow a $50,000 bid this week
Kaminski Auctions of Beverly, Massachusetts, will host its Summer Asian Art auction on August 18, 19 and 20. LiveAuctioneers will provide the internet live bidding on all three days of the sale.

Ben Wang, head of Kaminski's Arts of Asia Department, has put together an exciting collection of Chinese porcelain, paintings, jade, cloisonné and furniture for this sale. Also included are numerous Japanese, Indian and Tibetan works of art.

A Chinese 18th century famille rose jar from the Qianlong period (1735- 1796) decorated with lotus scrolls on a turquoise ground, with a six character Qianlong mark on the base is the top valued lot in the sale with an estimate of $25,000-$50,000.

One of the most exciting lots in the sale is sure to be a 20th-century painting by Qi Baishi (1863-1957) of a crane, in ink and colour on paper and mounted on silk.

Its provenance includes the collection of Alice Boney, the prominent American Asian art dealer and noted advisor to museums and collectors of Chinese and Japanese art.

An artwork by Qi Baishi made $65.5m at a China Guardian auction in Beijing in May, a record for a contemporary Chinese artwork.

A portfolio of sketches by the Chinese artist Wu Guanzhong, dedicated to Alice Boney, sold for over $240,000 in Kaminski's April 2011 Asian auction.

Another Wu Guanzhong (1919-2010) painting of fish, which is ink on paper and signed by the artist in the lower right, will feature prominently in this sale as well, with an estimate of $20,000-$30,000.

There is an important collection of handmade carved wooden stands, consigned by a private collector and originally purchased by the well-known Asian dealer C.T. Loo, after World War II.

Famille Rose jar Qianlong
Famille Rose jar from the reign of Emperor Qianlong

C.T. Loo ran a shop in New York City for many years. These rare and exquisitely carved stands were handmade to display prized pieces of porcelain, jade, and bronze works of art.

Many wonderful pieces in the sale come from the estate of Charles Rose Thompson of Westfield, New Jersey. Thompson, a graduate of Phillips Academy and Princeton University, was a decorator who ran an import business of Oriental rugs from China in the 1940s and 50s.

During his extensive travels throughout Asia for Bollentin & Thompson Oriental Rugs of New York City, Thompson amassed an extraordinary collection of rare porcelain, bronze and jade, which he loaned for many years to the Princeton Museum.

There is also an exquisite pair of cloisonné candlesticks from the 19th century, decorated with prancing deer-form bodies and lotus scrolls on a turquoise ground, estimated at $9,000-$10,000.

Also included is an important Song Dynasty Ding Yao-ware bowl decorated with two phoenixes flanked by floral scrolls surrounding a central floral medallion, all carved in shallow relief and estimated at $5,000-$6,000.

Watch this space for more news of Kaminski's sale, or check out Cowan's first Asian art auction, which also takes place this month.



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