The department of Asian Works of Art presents itself as one of the leading ones within the auction house and it's increasingly generating interest among both the vast Chinese clientele - focused on seeking for objects and artefacts of their own tradition - and the Western one, fascinated by the rarity and refinement of the selected works.
Such result has been achieved by experts thanks to an accurate study of the styles and a meticulous selection of works never seen on the market, coming from important private collections. Porcelains, jades, corals, ivories, lacquers, but also sculptures, furniture and paintings with rich ornaments, are thus precious protagonists of the catalogue.
Among the memorable awards which have marked the importance of the department, we can include a magnificent 'ruyi' sceptre in Celadon jade of XVIII century, sold for € 212,500; an important zitan wood table screen of the Qianlong period, sold for € 262,500; a monochrome porcelain Moonflask of the Qianlong period, sold for € 287,500; and an extremely refined vertical scroll titled 'Chicks' by the renowned Chinese master Qi Bashi, sold for € 137,500.
The auction dedicated to the Asian “works of art” which will be held on May 12th, presents over 250 goods of excellent origin, an eclectic exhibition that, starting from China, passes through the Siam region, up to Japan.
Unmissable porcelains including some precious Green Family examples: a pair of large rouleau vases decorated with reserves with landscapes and floral elements (lot 61, estimate € 20,000 - 30,000), two large potiches with precious relief motifs of deer, cranes, and trees (lot 75, estimate € 12,000 - 15,000) and a large hexagonal shaped vase in white and blue porcelain (lot 170, estimate € 8,000-12,000). The sophisticated artistic production inspired by the reign of the enlightened emperor Kangxi (1662-1722) also returns in the highly sought-after red "sang-de-boeuf" and flambé enamel vases (lot 1, estimate € 700 - 1,000), belonging to a Milanese collection. Always from the city of Milan, the pair of doucai enamel vases bearing the Daoguang trademark at the bases (lot 32, estimate € 5,000 - 7,000).
A large tianqiuping vase, decorated with dragons against a background of clouds and dated 19th century (lot 125, estimate € 2,200 - 2,500) ideally closes this section.
The collectible peculiarities are displayed inside the catalogue through a substantial core of snuff bottles, of which about a hundred came from a Ligurian’s property of over three hundred exemples, heterogeneous for materials and periods of realization; and also thanks to a series of large seals among which it stands out one in ivory finely carved with dragons chasing the sacre pearl motif(lot 154, estimate € 10,000 - 12,000) and one spinach and russet jade seal, carved with dragons and clouds motif (lot 109, estimate € 4,000 - 6,000).
Referred to the religious sphere, is the beautiful 17th-century sculpture in lacquered and gilded wood depicting a Buddhist monk (lot 74, estimate € 4,000 - 6,000).
Moving to Thailand, the attention of enthusiasts goes to a niello and gilt silver kettle (lot 225, estimate € 900 - 1,000), of which an extremely similar example is reported in the important publication "Thai Silver & Nielloware" by Paul Bromberg.Coming from Japan, numerous groups of netsuke in finely carved ivory, some with irreverent figurations, such as the one dedicated to the divinity Fukurokuju intent on drinking sake on a boat, and signed by the artist Ikkosai (lot 226, estimate € 600 - 800).
At the end of this review, emerges also an important group of screens whose decorations cover the whole of Asia, and among which emerge a refined Chinese model of the 20th century with four panels and golden bird motifs (lot 142, estimate € 1,000 - 1,500).
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A record result for oriental art at Il Ponte Casa d’Aste. The Asian Works of Art department reached its all-time high accomplishment in turnover (€ 660,000) during the sale of May 12, 2022 due to 72% of lots sold and 247% revaluationon on reserve prices. The public – present in the hall, online and on the telephones - shows interest in the lots from China. Among these the vases, top lots of the sale: two large Famille Verte potiches (lot 75, sold for € 87,500), a pair of Doucai glazed vases (lot 32, sold for € 56,250), the large Tianqiuping vase (lot 95, sold for€ 27,500) and the blue and white porcelain vase decorated with mythical beasts (lot 71, sold € 20,000).
Exibart | 14 May 2022
On the 22nd of October in Milan, the auction house Il Ponte will offer a refined journey through Asian works of art, from sculptures to furnishings, from vases to small objets d'art, with specific attention to works from China, Japan and Thailand. In the section dedicated to China, a pair of 18th-century panels in Hongmu wood stands out for its symbolic auspicious meaning, it has a boxwood interlaced motif in the centre and painted backgrounds with polychrome clouds and ivory applications depicting deities.
Il Giornale dell'Arte | 19 October 2021
This is how we imagine the sale of Il Ponte, as a meeting of distant lands and treasures that know no boundaries of time, space, imagination. However, there are no threads of memory, as in Ersilia, nor "figures of things", as in the streets of Tamara: instead we find over 170 lots in the rooms of Palazzo Crivelli, which recall, one by one, all the wonders of Oriental Art.
Exibart | 22 April 2021
An exciting week for Il Ponte, which collects positive results from its journey across antiquities and remote lands [...] with a triumphant 70% of lots sold and 170% of increase on the sales value. The market for oriental works of art, where quality stands out», states Andrea Cesati, Head of the Department of Asian Works of Art, «confirms itself as brilliant notwithstanding such peculiar times. Demand towards this type of works is confirmed as very high