Irish auction house Adam’s has an upcoming sale which is a treasure trove of stunning Asian works of art, including oriental ceramics, sculpture and fine art, both traditional and contemporary.

Traversing many centuries and many oceans, the works included in this sale are undoubtedly rarified beauties. From the intricate to the simple, the colourful to the plain, the traditional to the new, and the large-scale to the petite. Never boring and jam packed with deep history, these works exemplify the beauty that can be found in oriental works.

With so many pieces featured in this sale – over 300 to be exact – it’s been difficult to narrow our selection down to the confines of this article. Nevertheless, we’ve taken on the task and chosen our favourite few items, having done our best to cover a wide range of styles and media within.

This exquisite dish (the stunning green a rarity at auction), comprises 44 flutes with pointed tips radiating from a slightly recessed centre. It is glazed all over and measures 17.8cm in diameter.

According to Professor Alan. J Fletcher, the Chinese were fascinated by the chrysanthemum flower, drawing inspiration from the flower’s ability to resist the cold temperatures of winter. Emperors drank chrysanthemum-infused wines, Chinese litterati wrote poems in praise of the chrysanthemum, and if inhabitants of a village showed tendency to live a long life, word went around that it must be because their water source was steeped with chrysanthemums.

The Yongzheng Emperor (reigning from 1723 to 1735) shared the general esteem for this flower. Records reveal that in 1733 he ordered his superintendent of the imperial kilns in Jingdezhen to create twelve dishes of chrysanthemum shape, each in a different colour.

From the Republican Period (1912-1949), this Famille Rose Vase is decorated with the eight horses of Mu Wang atop a broad and continuous landscape. Its turquoise neck is and bottom is perfectly offset with rose-pink handles and bordered-base. Overall, the vase measures 34.5cm high and its base depicts a reign mark.

Chen Yanning (b. 1945) is a Chinese artist who presently lives and works in the United States. He was born in the southern province of Guangzhou, where he went on to study at Guangzhou’s Academy of Fine Art, graduating in 1965. He continued to work at the academy as a painter until 1986 when he relocated to the United States where upon he studied at Oklahoma City University.

Yanning has completed many portrait commissions, including those for the British Royal Family, such as Queen Elizabeth, Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Anne. Yanning’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth was used by the Royal Mail for the Jubilee Year stamp.

This present painting is an example of the artist’s early works. It was acquired by the current owner directly from the artist. Measuring 51 x 73 cm, it depicts a young man against the background of a blossoming tree. Rather unusually, Yanning places the figure at the bottom of the canvas, whereby only his head is visible, and his arms and body cut off from view. This imbues a sense of movement, slightly blurred and impasto, to the work.

This mid-19th century robe is embroidered with nine gold five-clawed dragons on a blue background. Amid the background are ruyi-shaped clouds, bats and cranes, all above foaming waves crashing against a mountain. The robe measures 138 cm in height.

This impressive and comprehensive sale of Asian Art is taking place at Adam’s on 3 November. It’s not to be missed.

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