Asian Works of Art

Michaan’s Asian department are offering a considerable number of lots in the auction house’s main June sale, highlights of the ceramic lots include a ‘number two’ Jun ware narcissus bowl (est $200/300,000). Numbered Jun ware, which are appreciated for their opalescent blue and purple glazes, were favoured by the Chinese court for centuries. Also on offer, with an estimate of $150/250,000, is an oil-grey glazed pear-shape guan vase that has a delicate craquelure. From the Yuan/Ming dynasty is a classic blue and white dragon vase that has an estimate of $80/120,000, in yuhuchunping (pear-shaped) form. There are several lots of dingyao ware, including with estimates from $600 to $3,000, as well as a selection of Chinese bronzes and Tibetan gilt-bronze figures.  Another June highlight in the Asian art section is a Chinese scroll painting of a Female Scholar with Attendant signed Leng Mei (1669-1742), from a private collector.

The full auction catalogue is available on line at, with viewing days at their galleries in Alameda, California prior to the 8 June sale date.