Massive Qianlong Lacquer Vase Highlights June Auction in San Francisco

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Summer begins with a wealth of Chinese art at Bonhams & Butterfields, with fine objects in every collecting category going on the auction block June 21 at 10 a.m. A rare carved red, lacquer vase, Qianlong, discovered in an East Coast private collection, is a star lot and cover of the catalogue (est. $80,000-120,000). Carved with classic taotie masks, enclosed in stiff lappet bands on a ground of flower heads and volutes, it is a superb product of the Qing Imperial court interest, in combining archaic bronze forms with recently introduced Western Baroque elements in an object of imposing scale. At a time when objects related to or inspired by Qing court taste engender fierce competition at auction, this 400-plus lot auction offers buyers an impressive choice of objects, fresh to the market, from private collections and public institutions. A chestnut silk ground embroidered dragon robe, late 19th century (est. $20,000-30,000) and a Manchu noblewoman’s em