18th C. Lapis Lazuli and 20th C. Chinese Paintings Sell High at Kaminski
Selling at at final price of $72,500 the top lot of the day was a lapis lazuli mountain, carved in the form of a mountain with a coastal village scene with a gilt poem on the reverse. The highly intricate carving includes forms of small figures amongst houses and gnarled trees. The quality of carving sets this piece apart from other examples of worked lapis lazuli, as does its provenance. The piece was originally made in the 18th or 19th century, and then came into the collection of Mr. Zhang Guohe, a noted Chinese collector and dignitary who often collected piece directly from the artists and their descendants.
Also among the top lots were four watercolor paintings from the collection of Mr. Zhang. All four paintings carry a personal dedication to the collector from the artist. The highest grossing of these was a mountain landscape by artist Lu Yan Shao, which sold for $38,000. A second work by the artist, also depicting a landscape, sold for $21,000. Other paintings from the collection included works by Li Xioncai and Dong Shou Ping, both important players in the development of 20th century Chinese paintings. The waterfall painting signed Li Xioncai fetched $26,000, while Dong Shou Ping's study of bamboo sold for $29,000.
Carved jade pieces also performed well with multiple pieces selling for over ten thousand dollars. One Imperial jade dog ornament with a carved gilt Qianlong character in gilt sold reached a final hammer price of $16,000. The top selling jade piece of the day was a set of thirteen jade belt plaques, with scrolling and dragon designs that sold for $19,000.