Over 100 pieces are featured in an upcoming Asian Decorative Arts auction. Among this diverse sale are highly collectible and finely painted snuff bottles, dragon plates and vases. Fired in kilns across China, Korea and Japan, these vessels feature a variety of visual languages and techniques. Their balanced proportions and foliate designs harmonize with nature. Below you’ll find five of our favorite pieces from this week’s curated collection:
Featured among the Chinese ceramics is a Ming-style red dragon plate with scallop rim (above) and a Chinese Famille Rose vase (below) hand-decorated in a river landscape with poem inscription.
A few modern pieces are included in the auction, such as a Zisha teapot signed Jiang Rong and dated 1958. The vessel (below) is decorated with a molded floret and features a finial in the form of a qilin creature crawling out of the lid.
One of the most highly anticipated objects in the sale is a rare 18th century bronze Buddha from Laos. The 42-inch-tall figure is in the Pang Picharana Chara Tham (Contemplating the Truth of Aging) posture. It was cast during the golden age of Lao Buddha images.
From Japan comes another desirable item, a 19th century six-panel screen (below) titled The Prayers.
With its tradition of elegant simplicity, Asian decorative art draws an international audience of collectors.