National and international collectors have found Cordy’s to be the most favoured auction house to watch for a broad range of Chinese porcelains, jades, ivories, bronzes and wood. Items of quality and age are met by a knowledgeable audience in our rooms. We also specialise in Japanese ukiyo-e, scroll paintings, textiles, Peking glass and Chinese silver.
An extremely rare set of eight Chinese panels
each exquisitely and deeply carved in high relief with mountain scenes (probably taken from scenes in history or mythology). The panels mounted with turquoise pins as pairs in interlocking hardwood box frames, two fashioned as bases the other two as lids. The frames probably of zitan wood, which was reputedly restricted to the use of the Emperors for much of the 18th and 19th centuries. Together with bronze and glazed display stands, removed for display, which are believed to have been made to order prior to Stanton's exodus from China in 1923 (See later notes on Stanton). Each rectangular panel 150 x 100mm, the oval panels 155 x 100mm. Each frame 335 x 115mm. Provenance: The estate of E. A. Stanton. Stanton is recorded as working in Canton (Guangzhou), a partner in the Chinese trading house Deacon and Co, as early as 1908, where the publication 'Twentieth Century Impressions of Hong Kong, Shanghai and Other Treaty Ports of China' noted he conducted the business with a staff of European and Chinese assistants. Curiously, he is recorded with his initials E A, (not his first names) even on a silver punch bowl (sold at an earlier date) celebrating his marriage on April 3rd, 1909. For some period, he was vice consul for Norway in Canton. In 1923 the family relocated to England, subsequently emigrating to New Zealand at a later date. The family took with them the collection of Chinese artifacts gathered during their time in China. On 21st October 2015 the collection of over 50 items, were offered by one of Stanton's descendants at Dunbar Sloane's Auckland auction. Chinese newspapers, used as protective packing for transport to England, confirm the date of departure, for they are dated 11th year of the Republic (1923). Some of these newspapers, now very fragile, remain in situ. Evidence of their earlier existence was also noted by Dunbar Sloane in an insurance valuation dated 1974. In private discussions with the current owner, Dunbar Sloane confirmed that the then current elderly lady owner had been adamant the family tradition was that these ivories had come from the Summer Palace (Yuanming Yuan), destroyed in 1860. Further support for a date of manufacture prior to 1860 however, is to be found on the backs of the upper two boxes, where the very rare Imperial Qianlong Yuzhi mark is painted in gold four character kaishu script. The mark translates as 'Made by Imperial order of the Qianlong Emperor' who reigned from 1736 to 1795, before abdicating in favour of his son, Jiaqing. The Qianlong Emperor is known to have had a great love of the arts, regularly inscribing the best pieces with personalized inscriptions and poetry.
A large and impressive Chinese Imperial Charger
six character Guangxu mark to the base and probably of the period, the interior with variously coloured finely enamelled five-claw dragons amongst clouds on pale green ground, the exterior with scrolling floral sprays, chrysanthemums, on yellow. Dia. 546. Restored chip to rim. Provenance: From the collection of Commander B.C. Tuson (d.2013) and his daughter in law, Victoria Susan Brain. Commander Tuson had an interest antiques from a young age. When posted to Singapore as a Naval Officer in the early 1970's his collecting focus was dominated by Asian antiquities.
A large Chinese vase
decorated with florals and leaves with panels of repeating motifs to the base and top, in underglaze blue, with dog head handles. 370 x 430mm.
A substantial Chinese Qing period carved tusk depicting the Eight Immortals voyaging to the Feast of Peaches
adrift on a boat with a superstructure carved as a gnarled and ancient pine, the rudder and furled sail as a lotus leaves and flowers conforming to the natural tusk shape. Raised on a hardwood stand carved and pierced as dancing waves and lotus. Length 390. Provenance: The Flower Family Collection.
A large and impressive 18th/19thC Canton famille rose porcelain punch bowl
all-over fine hand-painted various panelled scenes of figures within courtyards within square scroll frames upon a ground profusely decorated with flowers, birds and insects, encircling borders, gilt highlights. Dia.414mm. Professional restoration. Provenance: From the estate of a prominent Manawatu family with N.Z. parliamentary and union heritage linking back to the late 19th and early 20thC, items from this family were deposited with the Dominion Museum, c.1920.
An impressive large Meiji Japanese bronze by Omori Mitsumoto (Ko-gen)
the figure group of a rhinoceros being attacked by two tigers. One tiger pinned to the front, the other upon his back, fine realistic detail, glass inset eyes, carved bone horn. Signed with two engraved character marks (Ko-gen) to the underbelly. Length 565. Raised on gnarled azalea root wood stand. Provenance: The Flower Family Collection.
A pair of large and impressive early 19thC Canton famille rose lidded jars
classic baluster form with all-over panelled decoration of classic court scenes amongst scattered florals and precious objects encircling intense bands with butterfly and floral highlights, the domed lids with foo finials, traditional gilt enrichments. Minor professional restoration associated with the removal of metal fittings, some chipping to interior of lid rims. H.440.
A Chinese large baluster blue and white vase
hand painted decoration of four warriors on horseback, encircling borders. H.530mm.
An impressive Meiji period Japanese bronze vase from the Nogawa workshop
Kyoto, signed. tapering shouldered shape inlaid in gold, silver and shakudo with a carp rippling the surface of a pond beneath wisteria racemes and tendrils. Height 375. Provenance: The Flower Family Collection
A Chinese pale green jade handling piece carved as a finger citron
(Buddha's hand 佛手柑), on wooden stand. W.80mm. Provenance: The Beverley Allen Collection