Tajan Asian Art Auction 10/11/16 | Bronzes, Jades and Porcelain
37 rue Marthurins 755008 Paris
PH: +33 1 53 30 30 30
The 291 lot auction scheduled for October at TAJAN is an interesting one. The items on offer cover a wide range from Chinese bronzes to Japanese woodblock prints to Tibetan silver. If you're going to be in Paris the Tajan Asian art auction October 11, 2016 seems like a good place to spend a day.
A few things that caught my eye
The sale features some pretty attractive Chinese bronzes with equally attractive estimates. In particular lots 17, 19, 20, 21 and 22 all look quite good and would be lovely buys in the estimate ranges given. Shortly past the bronzes is a very well carved hardwood stool lot 34 with marble top. TAJAN has dated it circa 1900, it looks a bit older to me, perhaps closer to 1850-1875 based on the carving style and quality.
Further along is a selection of jades, mostly dated to the early 20th C. They all look to be of good quality and again reasonably estimated. They've been broken up into several sections, along with hardstones.
In the porcelain section, are a number of later Qing mark and period pieces as well as some Kangxi wares. Lot 76 looks very attractive, a mark and period Daoguang blue and white bowl with later gilt mounts. The bowl is executed with roundels of dragons and appears to be well shaped. Following along a few lots later is lot 80, an unusual Daoguang water pot in blue and white.
Check out lot 115 while you're looking. A handsome large (24 inches) pair of late 19th C. famille rose vases with court figures and numerous cartouches of script. If they are in good shape, the estimate is more than reasonable by half.
Also worth checking out is lot 174, a large pair of blue glazed crackle vases with ormolu mounts. The mounts look silly and ill fitted. If they can be had for the estimate I'd dump the hardware and would be pleased to have them just as vases. NOTE: We sold a virtually identical cream glazed single vase last year for around $1,900 to $2,200.
Midway through the auction are some very good early silks, starting with lot 180 through 206. They include numerous examples with highly desirable gold grounds depicting dragons. Many of them are very large and all appear to be in good condition.
Two lots seemingly overlooked by the cataloguer are 199 and 203. 199 is a set of two "peacock feather" silk hangings or capes. These are quite rare and should do extremely well. If you're planning on attending they'd be a steal at only 600/800 Euros. Next is lot 203, a long pair of yellow ground brocade dragon banners, measuring over 7 feet in length, also estimated at 600/800 Euros.
Have a good weekend!