2018 is a new start for China Guardian. Our company will usher in its 25th anniversary in 2018. Hence the 50th quarterly auctions, the first auction in 2018, will be a spectacular one. Both at the Convention Center of Beijing International Hotel, the preview exhibitions will be staged from Jan 10 to 12, and auctions from Jan 13 to 14. A total of nearly 3,500 lots of Chinese paintings and calligraphy, porcelain, jade and works of art are included in the auctions.
Promising quarterly auctions
As leading brand of medium-sized auctions in China, quarterly auctions always prioritize academic research and accurate foresight, bringing opportunities and prosperity to the auction market. Being the largest and most authoritative offline trading platform, China Guardian quarterly auctions' principle is to "select small works of great masters and masterpieces from artists of some renown", providing access to the auction market for new collectors. Our consistency and innovation have won us a good reputation and made transaction records. We hope the 50th Quarterly Auctions will be another bellwether for art auction market in the Chinese mainland.
Director and President Ms. Hu Yanyan said: "The 50th Quarterly Auctions will be held in January after the successful autumn auctions, which also mark the beginning of our 25th anniversary. We will still endeavor to provide access to art for the public, inherit and advocate traditional Chinese culture as well as attract more people to join the throng in collecting and auctioning artwork. In that way, art will be more closely related to people's lives and the art auction market will also be more mature."
Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy
Both academic guidance and favorable advantages
The auctions start with the Modern Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy session. It has finely collected and selected the best lots from the same collectors, which can demonstrate their personality and aesthetic taste or the sincere friendship between artists and the collectors. The special section "New Jinling School" has included excellent works of representative artists Qian Songyan, Wei Zixi, Song Wenzhi and Ya Ming, together with superb calligraphy works from Gao Ershi, Lin Sanzhi and Hu Xiaoshi. All the lots of this section are endowed with unique styles and highly worth collecting.
Qian Songyan (1899-1985)
Song Wenzhi (1919-1999)
Hu Xiaoshi (1888-1962)
136×34 cm (2)
The Contemporary Ink and Modern Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy session will begin with contemporary paintings and calligraphy. Four special sections will present the development trends of contemporary ink and wash paintings in different perspectives. Masterpieces of Zhang Daqian, Huang Binhong, Wu Changshuo, Wang Xuetao, Huang Junbi and other famous artists are laudable modern works. Concerning lots created in the era of the Republic of China, the special section "Beijing and Tianjin School" is a highlight, showing artists' expertise in patterning their works after ancient styles and sketches.
Li Jin (b.1958)
Du Ziling (b.1941)
Character and landscape
Huang Jun (1914-2011)
Character and landscape
The category Classical Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy has two sessions. Lots of session one are all provided by the same collector. The elaborate Peony and rock by Wang Chengpei in session one is graceful. Session two will continue to present Buddhist paintings of Buddha, Bodhisattvas, arhats and eminent monks. Shakyamuni Buddha and Amitaba Buddha are two prominent lots among paintings related to Buddhist sutras and stories. A special section featuring calligraphy has fully mirrored the trend of rubbings and manuscripts in the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.
Wen Zhengming (1470-1559)
Wang Wenzhi (1730-1802)
Porcelain, jade and works of art
Royal kiln porcelain echoes with royal culture
The lots of this category will be presented in two sessions. The porcelain session will contain special sections of more than 10ten collectors' collections. Lots including a blue-and-white wine pot with flower and fruit pattern during the Emperor Qianlong period in the Qing Dynasty and a blue-and-white brush pot during the Emperor Chongzhen period in the Ming Dynasty are all highlights. Other porcelain lots are presented according to sections such as "Porcelain During the Transitional Period", "Royal Kiln Porcelain in the Qing Dynasty," and "Small Objects with a Single Color Glaze". Among them, a pair of blue-and-white cups engraved with Sanskrit and a blue-and-white plate with the Eight eight Diagrams diagrams and lotus pattern are two perfect lots. Moreover, royal porcelains from the Yong kiln tops this session.
Yongzheng period in Qing Dynasty
A pair of blue-and-white cups engraved with Sanskrit
D 9.3 cm
Yongzheng period in Qing Dynasty
A blue-and-white plate with the eight diagrams and lotus pattern
The most important lots are royal sacrificial tools, including a gilded sacrificial vessel during the Emperor Qianlong period in the Qing Dynasty, a bronze cup with an animal face pattern during the Emperor Qianlong period in the Qing Dynasty as well as a bronze sacrificial cauldron with dragon-shaped ears during the Emperor Qianlong period in the Qing Dynasty. These rare tools are copies of ancient bronze and lacquer works. In addition, a gilded bronze kuan yin statue with11 faces in the 18th Century century and a piece of a yellow kesi dragon robe with a "clouds and dragons" pattern from Emperor Qianlong to Emperor Jiaqing in the Qing Dynasty are star lots in corresponding sections.
Qianlong period in Qing Dynasty
A gilded sacrificial vessel
H 17.5 cm
Qing Dynasty, 18th Century
A gilded bronze kuanyin statue with11 faces
H 34 cm
Qianlong to Jiaqing period in Qing Dynasty
A piece of yellow kesi dragon robe with clouds and dragons pattern