Chiswick Auctions is set to host a dedicated sale of Asian art, with more than 330 lots of ceramics, sculpture, jade, furniture and decorative objects spanning centuries of craftsmanship.
The most valuable piece on offer is a Ming Dynasty cloisonné enamel waterpot, dating from the reign of the Wanli Emperor (1563-1620). This domed pot, also known as a ‘taibozun’, is decorated with two rows of scrolling lotus flowers on a lapis green ground, and will be offered with an estimate of £8,000-£12,000.
Further treasures from this same period will include a Wanli cloisonné enamel stepped bowl decorated with floral decoration on a turquoise blue ground, estimated at £4,000-£6,000.
The highest priced Qing Dynasty piece is a rare 18th century four colour overlay glass bottle vase. Formed from a solid block of opaque milky white glass, and overlaid with carved green leafy vines suspending blue, red and orange grapes, the delicate 9.5cm bottle is estimated at £6,000-£8,000.
Earlier Qing Dynasty pieces from the era of the Kangxi Emperor (1654-1722) include a pair of blue and white vases valued at £4,000-£6,000; a yellow and green bowl estimated at £5,000-£6,000; and bone inlaid lacquered two-tiered box and cover priced at £3,000-£5,000.
One of the most impressive lots is a giant Japanese bronze deer statue measuring 115cm tall, designed as an incense burner known as a ‘koro’. Dating from the Meiji Period (1868-1912), a period in which Japan transformed from a feudal society to its modern form, the striking deer koro is naturalistically cast and estimated to sell for £9,000-£12,000.
Further notable sculptures will include an 18th century Tibetan bronze Bodhisattva Vajrapani seated on a double lotus throne, estimated at £4,000-£6,000; an 18th century Tibetan bronze Padmapani, estimated at £2,500-£3,000; and a large 18th-19th century Qing Dynasty Chinese carved bamboo root landscape estimated at £3,000-£4,000.
The Chiswick Auctions Asian Art sale takes place on Tuesday February 23.