The auction is made up of pieces from from different European private collections, which were in part brought together by Italian officers and diplomats during the 19th century.


Left: Pair of deep Doucai plates, China, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Right: Great Meiping vase, China, Qing Dynasty, Yongzheng period (1723-1735)

This Qing Dynasty vase is of the "meiping"style, which describes the shape of the piece which mirrors a plum blossom. Vases in this form are usually painted with depictions of the flowers of the plum tree.

The "Doucai" plates refers to the painting technique in which the blue patterns are applied under the glaze. The rest of the colors in the pattern are added after the kiln process.


Left: Guanyin from Cizhou stoneware, polychrome paint, China, early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)

Right: Ganesha made of solid stone carved, India 5th century
These pieces are two early divine representations of Hindi deities. Guanyin, revered as a goddess, is a bodhisattva ("enlightenment") and originally represented in the male form.

Ganesha, is always depicted as a god with an elephant head, whose name translates to "Lord's Prayer", and one of the most popular manifestations of the Divine in Hinduism.


Left: Ruyi scepter of jade with fine carving, China, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Right: Jade-pearl necklace, China late 19th century

These delicate green pieces of Jade and Jadeit pieces have been finished with a celadon glaze used in Chinese stonware during the 9th and 15th centuries. However, the term celadon was a French invention from the 17th century.


Left: Buddhist bronze lion with cloisonne decor, China, late Qing Dynasty
Right: Jade figure of a horse and a monkey, late Qing Dynasty
Animals play an important role in Buddhist culture and are frequently represented in this art form. The Guardian Lion, depicted on the left, is one of the most represented animals in Buddhist art. These protective creatures are often found in pairs most commonly in front of temples, whilst some Buddhists do place them in front of their homes.

blog.php-1622 Landscape with figures, ink and color / parchment, China 19th century

blog.php-1623 Landscape with figures, ink and color / parchment, China 19th century

Several colored ink paintings on parchment will be going under the gavel. These beautiful examples depict classic Chinese landscapes with animals and figures painted elegantly across them. They were acquired in the early 20th century by an Italian consul in China.



Left: Women's silk cloak , China, Qing Dynasty 2nd half of the 19th century

Right: Women's silk skirt, China, Qing Dynasty 2nd half of the 19th century
Even before the cultural revolution, the color red has always played a vibrant part in China's art. In Chinese culture, red symbolises summer and joy and is traditionally used for wedding dresses in Chinese culture.

The auction of Asian art will take place on June 14 from 3pm CET in the Palazzo del Melograno at Piazza Campetto 2 in Genoa. Check out the full catalog here.