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Auction Preview: Asian Art at Bonhams, Edinburgh, Mar 21

A gilt-lacquered figure of Buddha from Ming Dynasty. Cast with a serene face and downcast eyes in deep contemplation, the head flanked by pendulous earlobes beneath his hair in tight curls, seated cross-legged in dhyanasana atop a lotus base, the hands resting in a dhyanamudra, wearing a pleated robe with incised floral hem open to reveal the bare chest. 20cm high. Estimate: £ 6,000 - 8,000 (US$ 8,337 – US$ 11,116)
(Courtesy: Bonhams)

What: Asian Art

Where: Bonhams, 22 Queen St, Edinburgh EH2 1JX, UK

When: 21 March, 11.00 AM

Auction Preview: March 18, 01.00 PM – 04.00 PM, March 19, 10.00 AM – 04.00 PM, March 20, 10.00 AM – 04.00 PM, March 21, 09.00 AM – 11.00 AM

Top lots of the sale:

- A gilt-lacquered figure of Buddha from Ming Dynasty. Cast with a serene face and downcast eyes in deep contemplation, the head flanked by pendulous earlobes beneath his hair in tight curls, seated cross-legged in dhyanasana atop a lotus base, the hands resting in a dhyanamudra, wearing a pleated robe with incised floral hem open to reveal the bare chest. 20cm high. Estimate: £ 6,000 - 8,000 (US$ 8,337 – US$ 11,116)

- A huanghuali incense burner stand from Qing Dynasty. The square top with inset 'floating' figured panel above an upper yoke-shaped stretcher with scroll ends and ruyi-shaped pierced central supports, the supports of circular-section and joined by a further 'hump-backed' stretcher and on turned feet. 35cm square, 78cm high. Estimate: £ 3,000 - 5,000 (US$ 4,169 – US$ 6,948)

- A cloisonné enamel snuff bottle. It is decorated to the neck with band of prunus flowers and to each side with a central shou roundel flanked by stylized pairs of blue chi-dragons and red phoenix on a gilt ground, all within a foliate panel surrounded by lotus flowers and foliage on a gilt ground. 5.4cm high. Estimate: £ 3,000 - 5,000 (US$ 4,169 – US$ 6,948)

- A pair of cloisonné enamel 'quail' incense burners and covers of 18th century. Modelled in mirror image, each bird standing on gilded legs with its head slightly turned to the side, the plumage finely detailed and enamelled in tones of yellow, black, red, white and blue. Each 14cm high (4). Estimate: £ 3,000 - 5,000 (US$ 4,169 – US$ 6,948)

- A pair of enamel spitoons and covers from 18th century. Each delicately painted in pastel hues of pink, yellow and green, the concave covers with plantain leaf lappets surrounding the central apertures, the sides decorated with panels enclosing various flowers, the boxes similarly decorated and all reserved against a diaper ground, the bases enamelled white with archaistic scrolling dragons in blue. Each 9.5cm diameter (4). Estimate: £ 3,000 - 5,000 (US$ 4,169 – US$ 6,948)

- A large and impressive cast-iron tripod incense burner from Ming Dynasty. Of rounded form with two swing handles, the sides decorated with large panels of flowers in relief below a band of raised circular prunts at the rim. 64cm high, 66cm diameter at rim. Estimate: £ 3,000 - 4,000 (US$ 4,169 – US$ 5,558)

- An impressive ivory okimono of Minamoto no Tametomo by Gyokuho, Meiji era. The legendary archer carved standing with one bare foot resting on a rock, holding an arrow in one hand and his bow over his shoulder, his armour visible beneath finely engraved robes, signed to base, (bears some sympathetic restoration). 52cm high. Estimate: £ 2,000 - 3,000 (US$ 2,779 – US$ 4,169)

- A white jade and agate-inlaid gilt-bronze belt buckle, 18th century. Consisting of two rectangular white jade reticulated plaques enclosed within a gilt-bronze border cast with floral decorations, one with attached central panel inlaid with agate. 9.3cm long. Estimate: £ 2,000 - 3,000 (US$ 2,779 – US$ 4,169)

- A soapstone Budai, 18th/19th century. Well carved, wearing large prayer beads around the neck and loose robes inset with hard stones and draped over his corpulent body, his chest and large stomach bare, his left hand resting over his knee, the other holding the treasure sack, his head bald with a round and broad smiling face, traces of red and turquoise pigments. 11.3cm wide. Estimate: £ 2,000 - 3,000 (US$ 2,779 – US$ 4,169)

- A carved and lined bamboo libation cup, 18th century. The triangular profile simulating rhinoceros horn, boldly carved and undercut as a pine tree with twisted branches and sprays of needles, with white metal liner, 9cm high, 9cm wide. Estimate: £ 2,000 - 3,000 (US$ 2,779 – US$ 4,169)

- A painted enamel snuff box and cover, 18th century. The cartouche-shaped box painted on the hinged cover with a European gentleman and lady within a garden setting, surrounded by curling acanthus leaves, the sides applied with relief European figures alternating to floral shrubs and scrollwork. 11cm wide. Estimate: £ 2,000 - 3,000 (US$ 2,779 – US$ 4,169)

- A carved tixi lacquer bowl, Ming Dynasty. Rising from a straight foot to a gently flared, lipped mouth rim, the sides deeply carved with typical pommel scrolls showing the deep layering of the lacquer, the interior and base with a white metal lining with Zhuang baohe marks. 19.8cm diameter. Estimate: £ 2,000 - 3,000 (US$ 2,779 – US$ 4,169)

- Two Manchu official's seals, from 1750. Each with square base and tapering cylindrical handle, inscribed with Han and Manchu script to upper surface and two sides, the underside also with parallel script, both dated 7th month of 14th year of Qianlong, 11cm high, weight 1248g, and 11cm high, weight 1236g (2). Estimate: £ 2,000 - 3,000 (US$ 2,779 – US$ 4,169)

- A champlevé enamel and bronze model of a luohan, 18th/19th century. The seated figure modelled seated, wearing long and voluminous robes incised at the hem with floral designs reserved on a diaper ground, decorated in roundels each containing one of the Eight Buddhist Emblems, bajixiang. 16.5cm high. Estimate: £ 2,000 - 3,000 (US$ 2,779 – US$ 4,169)

- A carved bamboo libation cup, 18th century. Shaped to simulate the profile of rhinoceros horn, and deeply carved as a gnarled pine trunk and dense branches, with a pair of cranes sheltering beneath, traces of lacquer. 9.3cm high, 11.8cm wide. Estimate: £ 1,500 - 2,000 (US$ 2,084 – US$ 2,779)

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