The Guardian Art Center is a new cultural landmark in Beijing, a city endowed with rich cultural resources. From Dec 18 to 23, the center will usher in China Guardian 2017 Autumn Auctions, opening a new chapter in the company's 25-year auction business. The preview exhibition will be staged at the Convention Center of Beijing International Hotel from Dec 15 to 17.
The auctions will cover the categories of Chinese painting and calligraphy; 20th century and contemporary Chinese art; jewelry, watches and luxury goods; porcelain, furniture and works of art; rare books, rubbings and manuscripts; and stamps, coins, silver sycees and banknotes. Many famous collectors provide lots for the auctions and we sincerely welcome collectors to appreciate these masterpieces.
2017 Autumn Auctions is a grand event this year
In 2017, China Guardian has broken the Asian auction records again and established world's first "one-stop" artwork trading center featuring auctions. 2017 Autumn Auctions will be another climax of this year. Director and President Ms. Hu Yanyan said: "Our company has entered a new development stage. Through integrating collectors, academic institutions, artists and art lovers, we can create more opportunities and promote prosperity in the auction market."
In 2018, China Guardian will celebrate its 25th anniversary. Over the past 24 years, the company has adhered to the principles of integrity, professionalism, scientific guidance and excellence in service. China Guardian also aims to inherit traditional Chinese culture and open a channel for ordinary people to admire cultural relics. Both conscientiousness and passion have endowed the company with the trust of collectors and their counterparts.
Classical Chinese Painting and Calligraphy
The sessions on "Grand View: The Night of Celebration- Classical", "Classical Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Daytime Sale" and "In Pursuit of Epigraphy: Classical Chinese Calligraphy" will present more than 300 lots.
The "Grand View: The Night of Celebration" session gathers more than 30 masterpieces, including Landscape and Calligraphy by Shen Zhou. The work is 10 meters in length and was enshrined by several intellectuals during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. Shen took three years to finish this "greatest masterpiece" according to postscripts, and Jin Cheng during the Republic of China created a copy work. Fortunately, both works will be shown at "Grand View: The Night of Celebration- Classical".
Landscape and Calligraphy
Handscroll, ink on paper
Landscape after Shen Zhou
Handscroll, ink on paper
Nature by Xu Wei has different themes, including carp, lotus and pomegranate. Each part is accompanied by a poem with seven characters to a line done by Xu together with a poem with five characters to a line written by Emperor Qianlong from the Qing Dynasty.
Handscroll, ink on paper
1. 29×38.8 cm, 2. 29×39.4 cm, 3. 29×31.0 cm, 4. 29×40.3 cm, 5. 29×119.2 cm
The fourth session "In Pursuit of Epigraphy: Classical Chinese Calligraphy" will witness and drive the shifting of interest to epigraphy. More than 60 of the featured works have a charm that is distinctive from traditional calligraphy style.
Over 260 lots constitute a permanent session titled "Classical Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Daytime Sale". Calligraphy in running script by Dong Qichang and Landscape in classical style by Huang Yi are the session's highlights.
Modern and Contemporary Chinese Painting and Calligraphy
More than 1,100 lots in this category will be presented in six sessions, including works from the collections of famous collectors.
The session "Grand View: The Night of Celebration- Modern" will embrace more high-quality lots compared to the previous session. Eagle on rock by Qi Baishi, Landscape after Dong Yuan by Zhang Daqian and Jiuhua mountain of Li Keran are all rare masterpieces. Besides, 12 works of Jiang Zhaohe, an eminent humanitarian art giant, are to be included in the master series.
Qi Baishi (1864-1957)
Eagle on rock
Hanging scroll, ink and colour on paper
Zhang Daqian (1899-1983)
Landscape after Dong Yuan
Ink and colour on paper
Li Keran (1907-1989)
Mounted for framing, ink on paper
Jiang Zhaohe (1904-1986)
Mounted for framing, ink and colour on paper
Credit should be given to North American veteran collector Cao Zhongying. Among all his collections, 38 works are selected as lots in "Grand View: The Night of Celebration- Exclusive Selection from Mozhai Collection". In particular, Zhang Daqian's Kuan Yin of the water moon is the only Kuan Yin painting in the market with such exact delineation and enriched colors.
Zhang Daqian (1899-1983)
Kuan Yin of the water moon
Mounted for framing, ink and colour on special canvas
The special session "Elegance in Qinghuatang Studio: Modern Chinese Paintings From a Private Collection" will mainly display lots since the Republic of China from antique companies. And the session "Genuineness in the Verdant Pavilion: Modern Chinese Paintings From a Private Collection" featuring travel creations will have no reserve prices.
In the "Modern Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy" session, "Ruyunlou Collection" will embrace works from Nanyang, an ancient name for Southeast Asia, including the Malay Archipelago, the Malay Peninsula and Indonesia. Calligraphy works by Li Keran are provided by his families. What's more, Professor Hu Bo from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts and senior professors from China Academy of Art also provided their collections.
In terms of contemporary Chinese paintings, China Guardian has selected representative works featuring "new literati phenomenon" artists such as Tian Liming, Zhou Jingxin and Zhu Xinjian. Jia Youfu, Li Xiaoke and Cui Ruzhuo are adept at typical contemporary landscape paintings. Cranes dancing, created by Zheng Li in late 1990s, is a noteworthy 8-meter masterpiece of gongbi, or meticulous brushwork.
Zheng Li (b.1964)
Handscroll, ink and colour on paper
20th Century and Contemporary Chinese Art
Four grand sessions will be arranged: "Latitude/ Attitude- The Schoeni Family Collection", "20th Century Art Evening Sale", "Permanent Daytime Sale" and "Contemporary Art Evening Sale".
The Schoeni family has provided works treasured for more than two decades, including Exercise by Liu Xiaodong, The mask series No.16 of Zeng Fanzhi, Yuan Yuan by Liu Ye, and classic pieces by Liu Dahong and Yang Shaobin in 1990s together with young artists such as Chen Fei and Song Kun.
The mask series No.16
Painted in 1994
Oil on canvas
During the first evening sale of 20th century arts in China's mainland, works of "Hangzhou National Art College (the former name of China Academy of Art)" are the most eye-catching ones, such as Living Leisurely in Forest by Lin Fengmian, Pines and Rocks on the Lao Mountains by Wu Guanzhong, three works by Zhu Dequn as well as the classic still-life work by Hu Shanyu. Many works by early oil painters who went to Japan for further study are also to be displayed, such as Blue Landscape created by Ting Yin-Yung along with Pheasant and Shipyard by Guan Liang.
Ting Yin-Yung (1902-1978)
Oil on canvas
In addition, "Contemporary Art Evening Sale" will present the marvelous China Scenery by Zhou Chunya, which hasn't be auctioned since its creation in 1993. The cherished Voice of the Mountain-1 by Shang Yang is another highlight. Apart from masters like Chen Yifei and Chen Danqing, pioneers of "new art trends since 1985" such as Ding Fang and Li Shan together with outstanding artists in the 1990s including Liu Xiaodong, Yu Hong and Zhan Wang, are all shining stars in this session.
Chen Yifei (1946-2005)
Warm Spring in the Jade Pavillion
Oil on canvas
Zhou Chunya (b.1955)
Painted in 1993
Oil on canvas
Jewelry, Watches and Luxury Goods
2017 Autumn Auctions will also present exquisite jewelry and watches to collectors. Some rare ones are from centenary brands or embraced by eminent collectors. One example is a very rare 45.94 carat natural Colombian emerald and diamond ring designed by Oscar Heyman, an eminent brand striving for perfection in every aspect.
In addition, various colored diamonds, rubies, sapphires as well as marvelous jade lots will also be staged. Among them, a natural jadeite and diamond ring is considered one of the few most perfect lots.
A very rare 45.94 carat natural Colombian emerald and diamond ring, Oscar Heyman
4.08 carat natural fancy light greenish blue internally flawless diamond and diamond ring
Jadeite and diamond necklace
"By Imperial Order- Important Ceramics and Works of Art" has selected 78 lots of porcelain, jade, enamel wares and lacquerware. Special acknowledgements should be attributed to Mr. Zhang Zongxian for his cherished collections of imperial kilns. All the lots are endowed with unique features of imperial kilns in Ming and Qing dynasties, including a pair of black ground and green colour "flowers and insects" plates in Emperor Yongzheng period of Qing Dynasty, a rare celadon glazed vessel in Emperor Qianlong period of Qing Dynasty and a fine wucai bowl with "figures and dragon" pattern in Emperor Wanli period of Ming Dynasty.
A pair of black ground and green color "flowers and insects" plates
Yongzheng six-character mark and of the period (1723-1735)
The most eye-catching one is a fine blue and white fish-basket shaped zun with typical Islamic- style both in shape and decoration.
A fine blue and white fish-basket shaped zun
Xuande six-character mark and of the period (1426-1435)
H 13.5cm, D 21cm
A total of 170 lots with high cost performance are included in "Fine Chinese Ceramics from Ming and Qing Dynasties". Lots from three out of four collectors will have no reserve prices. Moreover, the collection of state-owned cultural relic stores and exported porcelain from the Emperor Yongzheng period of the Qing Dynasty all appeal to current trends and tastes. In particular, a blue and white vase with deer and pine pattern from the Emperor Qianlong period of the Qing Dynasty is a highlight.
A blue and white vase with deer and pine pattern
Qianlong mark and of the period (1736-1795)
Within the jade section, there are more than 70 lots, including thumb rings, jade plates and scholars' studio objects. A Finely white jade carving "travelers among mountains and streams" boulder is a perfect studio object considering its superior raw materials and exquisite carvings. The session also presents more than 75 snuff bottles.
Qianlong period (1736-1795), Qing Dynasty
A Finely white jade carving "travelers among mountains and streams" boulder
Qianlong Period (1736-1795), Qing Dynasty
A famille rose and gilt-decorated "egret and lots" snuff bottle, Qianlong four-character mark
Special sessions "The Highlights of Buddhist Art- Zhantan Lin" and "Where A Unified Way " will assemble nearly one hundred lots from Mongolia, the Tibetan area, northeastern India and Nepal, along with royal objects from the Ming and Qing dynasties. In particular, Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty had supervised the manufacture of an extremely rare gilt-bronze figure group of Vajrabhairava, Yama Dharmaraja and Palden Lhamo. The lot was once enshrined in the Forbidden City and of the same origin with two other exhibits in the Palace Museum according to documents. The lot is the only one to be available in the market. There is really nothing similar that can rival this lot.
Qianlong period (1736-1795), Qing Dynasty
An extremely rare gilt-bronze figure group of Vajrabhairava, Yama Dharmaraja and Palden Lhamo
The imperial workshop in Beijing, with seven Chinese characters of mark
The session of Yixing zisha pottery will keep to routines, including antiques from the periods of Emperor Kangxi to Emperor Qianlong in the Qing Dynasty and a dozen of purple teapots in the early and middle Qing Dynasty. Several rare works from the Yucheng kiln, special works from teapot experts during the Republic of China together with works created by "seven great artists" are to be included. Besides, lots created by the contemporary midstream of Yixing zisha pottery -- He Daohong, Wang Yinxian, Xu Hantang and Xu Xiutang -- will add radiance to the auction.
Daoguang period (1821-1850), Qing Dynasty
A purple clay teapot
One hundred pieces of silk fabrics and accessories are chosen for the "Textiles, Embroidery and Accessories from the Ming and the Qing Dynasties" session, including tapestry and embroidery paintings, typical Qing Dynasty official robes and sachets. Among them, a piece of red kesi "clouds and dragons" apparel fabric deserves special attention as the lot uses gold threads and peacock features to decorate the royal costume with dragon patterns and congratulatory words of "wish a long life".
Late Ming Dynasty, 16-17th C
A piece of red kesi "clouds and dragons" apparel fabric
H 132cm, W 136cm
"Master's Collection- Contemporary Jade Carvings" is designed to show more than 60 works from a dozen traditional and innovative artists. A white jade carving by Ni Weibin is a classic work with traditional features. The work maintains the original color of Hetian jade and is engraved with cultural symbols from Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC) to Qing Dynasty.
A white jade carving
The "Fine and Rare Wines of the World" session will pick 80 sets of Lafite wines. Limited editions of diverse vintages and various volumes of the Duclot Bordeaux Collection Case are all available. Limited-edition gift boxes are perfect choices for the collection as every box has its own number. In addition, the Duclot Bordeaux Collection Case this time has added more rare wines of older vintages, such as Château Ausone- vintage 1995, Château Palmer- vintage 1995, Château Pavie- vintage 2005 and Château Lafleur- vintage 1995. These vintage wines have already entered the best taste periods and are highly appraised by wine critic Robert Parker.
Château Ausone- vintage 1995
The "Fine and Rare Kweichou Mou-tai Chiew" session consists of 130 kinds of Mou-tai Chiew. Six units are arranged concerning consumers' needs in brands, taste and collection: "Direct supply from original manufacture", "State owned but locally administered Mou-tai spirit", "Special Mou-tai spirit", "Kweichow Mou-tai spirit in iron capsule", "The original boxes of Mou-tai spirit" and "Kweichow Mou-tai spirit in new packaging". Within the "Direct supply from original" unit, a superior lot is the Kweichow Moutai spirit in jars which were sealed by the Moutai Distillery. A jar contains 500 kilograms of Mou-tai Chiew, which equals 1,050 bottles of 500-mililiter bulk liquor.
Kweichow Moutai spirit in jar (500kg a jar), sealed by Moutai Distillery
Furniture and Works of Art
Almost 50 furniture lots constitute the session "Graceful Companions- Fine Classic Furniture of The Ming and Qing Dynasties". Raw materials mainly comprise huanghuali (a variety of rose wood) and red sandalwood as well as partially red wood and beech.
Late Ming Dynasty
Pair of huanghuali compound wardrobe in four parts
The autumn sales have a special new furniture session "Tribute to Imperial Zitan Furniture- Fine Qing Style Works Designed by Yan Pu Tang", covering 12 sets of throne, sunbed and incense stands. Furniture made by Yan Pu Tang is all engraved with exquisite and sophisticated patterns. Combining inheritance and innovation, this batch of well-designed furniture also manifests the fine quality of Qing style, especially the royal style during the Qing Dynasty.
Early Qing Dynasty
Zitan side table in straight form with bat design
In terms of the "Memories of the Past Scholar's Studio Objects" session, more than 100 remarkable lots will be presented to collectors. The "intellectual· leisure life" will display curios including brush pots and incense stands. Among them, a fine boxwood brush pot carved with a figure and landscape design is indeed a masterpiece with carvings of stories that Tang Dynasty's (618-907) poet Bai Juyi gathered with his friends and wrote in poems at Fragrance Hill.
Qianlong period, Qing Dynasty
Fine boxwood brush pot carved with figure and landscape design
D 27cm, H 34.6cm
"Heng wang xiang quan shen nong style lacquer Chinese lute" and "Yi wang tu jia yan lacquer Chinese lute" are two superior lots of "The Lore of the Lute- Important Collections from the Classic Society" session.
Wanli period, Ming Dynasty
Yi wang tu jia yan lacquer Chinese lute
Two years of preparation brings "Fine Chinese Works of Art from the YILU Collection" to collectors. The session will show a well-preserved bronze censer, zisha pottery of Yucheng kiln and scholars' folding fans. For instance, though gonging through a long time, the Li Qujiang-made Li-style bronze tripod censer still possesses a fine glow under careful maintenance.
Li-style bronze tripod censer
H 6.5cm, D 13.4cm
"Qingning- Modern and Contemporary Seal Art" session prioritizes works made from precious materials, created by masters and cherished by eminent collectors. Three units- "Spare and personal seals owned by eminent persons since Qing Dynasty", "Zhang Qun's personal seals" and "Seals made from Shoushan stone"- will include works from seal-cutting masters such as Wu Changshuo and Qi Baishi. A Qingtan stone seal carved by Zhao Zhiqian shown in the picture deserves the title of "the pearl on the art crown of Zhao Zhiqian's spare seals".
A Qingtan stone seal carved by Zhao Zhiqian
The session of “Rare Books and Rubbing Books” comprises lots from the Shang Dynasty (c.16th century-11th century BC), Zhou Dynasty (c.11th century-256 BC), Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), Ming Dynasty, the Republic of China and in foreign languages. Wenxiantongkao written by Ma Duanlin has prefaces done by Emperor Jiajing in Ming Dynasty and the author himself, which is considered as one of the best among rare books.
Wen xian tong kao
Block-printed edition in 1524
100 volumes, paper
Delicately shaped woodblock prints from the Ming Dynasty are also popular nowadays. A block-printed version of Records of Zheng He's voyages created by Luo Maodeng has recorded historical facts through 200 pictures and vivid figures, which can be regarded as the model for woodblock prints in the Ming Dynasty.
Records of Zheng He's voyages
Block-printed edition in Ming Dynasty, repaired in early Qing Dynasty
20 volumes, paper
Another precious lot is the block-printed edition of Bai wan ta tuo luo ni jing zhou. According to verified documents, the lot was one of the earliest printed products in the world.
Bai wan ta tuo luo ni jing zhou
Block-printed edition in 770
1 scroll with documents etc.
Scripts: 5.5×45.5cm; pagoda: 10.5×10.5×21.5cm
A total of 199 selected lots will be shown at the session "Letters and Manuscripts", including collections from veteran collectors such as scholars' calligraphy as well as letters in Ming and Qing dynasties or modern times. Eighteen lots enshrined by Wang Shijie, spanning almost 20 years, have reflected important occasions in his lifetime.
Letter to Wang Shijie
Manuscript in 1938
3 pages, paper
Stamps, Coins, Silver Sycees and Banknotes
More than thousand lots enshrined by eminent collectors will sparkle at the session "Xiwen's Collection, Ancient Coins and Sycee". Currencies are divergent in forms in different dynasties. Bronze printing plate in the Jin Dynasty (1115-1234) is the first recommended lot in this session. This type of plate was a vital part in the history of currency and confirmed to be the only one available and with maximum denomination.
Bronze printing plate
Bronze printing plate
Stamp collector Ke Zhijun shows a special preference to the Qing Dynasty's red revenue stamps. Over 600 lots, especially several red revenue stamps offered by Ke, will be presented at the much-anticipated "Ke Zhijun's Collection, Stamps and Covers".
The whole sheet of Large Dragon Stamps (1878)
A document signed by Lenin is one of the rare lots in the session "Manuscripts and Autographs" featuring more than a hundred writings from western artists, literary giants and politicians.
Lenin signed document
Welcome all to the China Guardian 2017 Autumn Auctions!