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Carved Antique Chinese Seals, Stones & Boulders Remain Popular Among Collectors
Manor Auctions will sell a quality collection of carved chinese seals & stones in October auction

Tallahassee, Florida -- Sep 29, 2011 / (http://www.myprgenie.com) -- Manor Auctions will sell a nice collection of Chinese seals, carved stone and boulders in the October 9th Fine Collectibles Auction. With the value of many collectibles feeling the bite from the current economic downturn, demand for quality Chinese antiques, such as seals, jade, jewelry, ivory, statuary, textiles and carvings has remained very strong. Much of this demand is fueled by growth of the Chinese economy over the past 10 years and the associated wealth created. In some cases, Chinese collectors are driving values to record highs.

About Chinese Seals - in Relation to the Chinese Culture:

Chinese seals have been an integral part of Chinese culture for the past 3000 years. They were used in official and private capacities. According to a Han dynasty story, the first seal was given to the Yellow Emperor by a yellow dragon with a chart on its back. Another story says that it was given to Emperor Yao by a phoenix as the emperor was sitting in a boat. In any case, the receipt of the seal signifies the conferral of the Mandate of Heaven. He who has the seal possesses the Mandate of Heaven, in other words, he has been given the right to rule the empire. So when Tang, the first ruler of the Shang dynasty overthrows the last tyrant of the previous Xia dynasty, he seizes the royal seal and thus establishes his power.

Seals - Official Capacity:

At the time of the Han dynasty, the emperor had six seals, during the Tang he had eight, during the Ming over a dozen, and by the time of the Qing, there were several dozens of official imperial seals. The inscription on these official seals usually refers to receiving the Mandate of Heaven or being the successor of Heaven.

 Official seals have been conferred to officials as a token of their office and authority. These seals were usually small enough to be carried on the official's belt. There were regulations as to the material and shape of the handle of these seals: some had to be golden, some copper, some with a handle in the shape of a turtle, some of a camel. Up to the Eastern Han dynasty (25-330), the color of ink used to affix official seals was regulated depending on the position of the owner, some officials had to use green ink, some purple, some yellow etc.

Seals - Private Capacity:

Private seals are naturally unregulated, therefore they show the largest variety in content, shape, size, material and calligraphy. Despite of their varied characteristics, they can still be categorized based on their use.

Seals with names, pen names, pseudonyms etc on them were used as a signature by people in their private life. This is how artists sign their works and letters. Chinese literati commonly used a number of different pen names so identifying a person's name from a seal can be a tricky business.

Collector seals were mainly used for the purpose of authenticating pieces of art. Thus a seal of a famous collector or connoisseur would become an integral part of a work of art and could substantially raise its value. Thus in the course of several centuries, some Chinese paintings became covered by a dozen of different seals.

There were also various "leisure seals", which possessed thoughts or famous quotes.

Bidding Information:

Bidders are able to participate in the auction via live auction floor, telephone, Internet and absentee. Questions related to the auction are directed to the gallery: 850-523-3787.

  • Online Auction Catalog

  • Telephone Bidding

  • Absentee Bidding

  • Ask a Question

The following is a partial list of Chinese antiques in Manor Auctions October 9th Fine Art & Collectible Auctions:

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CHINESE SHOUSHAN STONE DRAGON SEAL A Shoushan carved stone dragon seal incised with a cyclical date, "Ding Si", (1857 / 1917 / 1977). Finely carved dragon atop a stone boulder. Size: 3.7" tall Condition: VGC


SHOUSHAN STONE SEAL "TWO MIRROR IMAGE DRAGONS" Large Shoushan stone carved seal. Two mirror image dragons. Green and purple hues. A few age cracks. Has a small repair to the tip of one of the dragons horns as well as a tiny chip to the nose of the same dragon. Size: 6.75" long, 5" tall Condition: VGC


SHOUSHAN STONE CARVED SEAL "MAN HUGGING A PEACH" A finely carved stone seal made from Shoushan stone. Depicting a man hugging a giant peach. According to Chinese art symbolism, peaches symbolize longevity and health. Size: 4.2" tall Condition: VGC


LOT OF 4 CARVED CHINESE SEALS The caliber of these pieces is one of grandeur. A Chinese seal having an intricate carving of a lion with its cubs with sides depicting cranes soaring through the sky. The second seal is column-shaped with an incised scene of a mountain. One face is filled with Chinese calligraphy. The second set of seals are yellow tinted, each with a bamboo motif. The taller seal is column-shaped and at the top rests a loop. Incised on the seal is a cyclical date, "xin yi" (1881/1941/2001), ninth month. The second seal is wedge-shaped and features a bamboo tree in relief. The seal reads, "bing zi", the cyclical date 1876/1936/1996, autumn, and the name Gu Tang. Size: 4.2" and 4.6" tall Condition: VGC


CHINESE TIANHUANG STONE DRAGON SEAL A translucent tianhuang carved dragon seal. Incised to one side with a cyclical date "Ren Xu" (1862 / 1922 / 1982), Summer, sixth month. Size: 3.75" x 3" x 3" Condition: VGC


CHINESE TIANHUANG STONE DRAGON SEAL Intricately carved tianhuang dragon seal. Semi-translucent "amber color" seal is of square section, carved and pierced to the top with a pair of coiled dragons contesting a sacred jewel. One face incised with a cyclical date "Ding Mao" (1867 / 1927 / 1987), Summer. Minor wear consistent with use and handling. Size: 4" x 3.3" x 3.3" Condition: VGC


LARGE CHINESE TIANHUANG STONE DRAGON SEAL A semi-translucent tianhuang dragon seal of square section and incised with a cyclical date "Gui Hai" (1863 / 1923 / 1983), Beginning of Summer. Nice caramel color. Minor wear consistent with use and handling. Size: 4.2" x 2.75" x 2.75" Condition: VGC


SMALL CHINESE CARVED TIANHUANG STONE SEAL A small tianhuang carved seal. Face gently carved. Size: 1.9" high Condition: VGC


TIANHUANG DRAGON TURTLE SEAL The dragon turtle combines two of the four celestial animals of Chinese mythology. Associated with courage, determination, power, success, and support, all of which are recognized in this carving. Atop a strong base stands a powerful beast, which has been delicately carved of tianhuang stone. A magnificent piece with Chinese calligraphy around the base. Size: 5.5" x 2.3" x 2.3" Condition: VGC


YELLOW TIANHUANG LION SEAL Mottled with red and orange, this seal's colors are only bested by the level of carving exhibited. An intricately carved Chinese lion and cub stand atop a base that features a bamboo pattern accentuated by decorative cavities. Size: 5.25" x 2.5" x 2.5" Condition: VGC


PAIR OF TIANHUANG SMALL STONE SEALS Tianhuang small rectangular seals in a custom-made red stone box. Size: 1" each. Box is 2.2" long. Condition: VGC


SINGLE CUBE-SHAPED TIANHUANG SEAL W/ FITTED BOX An immaculate example of tianhuang stone. Gorgeous in its honey color, this semi-translucent seal is incised with a cyclical date, "ren yin" (1842/1902/1962), tenth month. Included is a deeply stained, brown, box fitted to the seal. Size: 1.5" x 1.5" x 0.75" Condition: VGC


CHINESE YELLOW-SKIN TIANHUANG STONE BOULDER A semi-translucent tianhuang stone boulder. Carving of 2 men on one side. Size: 2.75" tall Condition: VGC


TIANHUANG STONE BOULDER A carved tianhuang stone boulder. Semi-translucent and carved with a man fishing. Size: 3.2" tall Condition: VGC


CHINESE PALE GREEN SHOUSHAN BOULDER A quality carved, Chinese pale green carved Shoushan boulder depicting a mountainous village scene. Size: 3.5" tall, not including wood stand. Condition: VGC


SHOUSHAN STONE CARVING OF BUDDHA JI GONG This piece required a mastering of Shoushan stone carving. Buddha Ji Gong relaxes in the shade and reaps the benefits of nature as he drinks from the flower of a tree. Intricate leaves and features are present throughout the entirety of this piece. Size: 5" x 3.5" Condition: VGC


TIANHUANG-TYPE STONE PEBBLE SNUFF BOTTLE A small carved stone snuff bottle made from a tianhuang-type stone. Finely carved image of a small village. Size: 1.75" tall Condition: VGC, missing stopper.


HAND CARVED BONE CATS SITTING ATOP A WOODEN BASE A pair of hand carved bone cats facing each other and sitting atop a square wooden base. Size: 5.5" Condition: VGC


CARVED BONE CHINESE POLYCHROME CABBAGE WITH INSECT Ornately carved Chinese polychrome bone carved in the form of cabbage with a cricket or insect to the top. Size: 9" Condition: VGC

Manor Auctions is an industry leader in the acquisition, marketing and sale of original art, timepieces, fine jewelry, diamonds, coins, ivory, jade, militaria, historic documents and collectibles. Manor has representatives available nationwide and offers no cost consignment consultations. From a single item, to a specialty collection or estate - contact Manor Auctions for a consultation.

Contact: Malcolm Mason, malcolm@manorauctions.com, 850-523-3787

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Weblinks: http://manorauctions.com/antique-chinese-seals-carved-stones-auction

Manor Auctions

Auctioneer & Appraiser | Collectibles & Fine Art Auctions

Offices: Tallahassee • Sun City • Lake City • Vero • Representatives Nationwide

Traveling Nationally For Fine Collections & Estates
From its Tallahassee auction headquarters, Manor Auctions provides comprehensive professional auction and appraisal services throughout the U.S. Whether you are selling a rare & valuable family heirloom, an estate or specialty collection - Manor possesses the experience, knowledge and expertise to ensure you realize the most money possible.

Auction Services: Nationwide, Manor Auctions provides comprehensive professional Fine Art & Collectible auction services for:

  • Estates
  • Collections
  • Fine Jewelry
  • Diamonds
  • Original Art & Paintings
  • Timepieces, to include:
    • Wristwatches
    • Pocket Watches
    • Clocks
  • Coins
  • Currency
  • Chinese Antiques
  • Jade
  • Ivory
  • Statuary
  • Musical Instruments
  • Militaria
  • Antique Arms
  • Porcelains
  • Glassware
  • Pottery
  • Silver
  • Memorabilia
  • Historic Documents
  • Autographs
  • Antiques
  • Collectibles

Manor Auctions has over 120 years of combined professional auction knowledge and experience. Each items is carefully researched, valued, cataloged & professionally photographed.

Whether you have a single item, an estate or a specialty collection - Manor Auctions will create a winning strategy by which you will realize the best value for your fine collectibles and family heirlooms. Manor offers a no cost, no obligation consultation to discuss your needs.

Manor Auctions holds regularly scheduled catalog Fine Art & Collectibles Auctions. Manor also holds Specialty Auctions in addition to the regular catalog auction schedule.

Manor Auctions considers each interaction a demonstration of their competence and abilities, and in such takes the time to understand the needs of each individual consignor.

Manor is fully licensed & insured. Your valuables are protected from the moment of consignment through to disbursement of your proceeds.

Auction Marketing: From the floor of the stock exchange to fine collectible gallery salesrooms, auctions have created more real value throughout history than all other forms of trade combined.

Manor Auctions understands the importance of comprehensive marketing and utilizes a multi-medium approach to both marketing and bidding platforms to ensure each item brought to market receives the necessary exposure and marketing, the combination of which results in the successful sale at auction.

Marketing Mediums:

  • Full-Color Printed Catalogs
  • Multiple Online / Internet Bidding Platforms, to include:
    • LiveAuctioneers
    • ProxiBid
    • AuctionZip Live / ArtFact
  • Press & Media Release
  • Television
  • Radio
  • Direct Mail
  • Print ~ Localized & National Industry Trade
  • Multiple Blogs
  • Multiple Websites
  • RSS Distribution & Feeds
  • Email
  • Trade Shows
  • Gallery Lot Viewing
  • Social Media
  • Signage
  • Multiple Bidding Platforms, to include:
    • Online / Internet
    • Live Auction Floor
    • Telephone
    • Absentee
    • Mail & Fax

Outright Purchase / Sale: Manor Auctions also purchases single items, collections and estates. This is an alternative or compliment to the auction consignment process.

Following a valuation assessment, Manor provides you a direct purchase offer (cash purchase) for your items.The offer is based on current fair market value for your collectibles.

Selling items outright may benefit those who have immediate financial obligations or who may not want to pursue auction consignment. Outright purchase allows sellers to receive an immediate fair market price for their items.

Nationwide, Manor is always seeking to value and purchase:

  • Estates
  • Collections
  • Fine Jewelry
  • Diamonds
  • Original Art & Paintings
  • Timepieces, to include:
    • Wristwatches
    • Pocket Watches
    • Clocks
  • Coins
  • Currency
  • Chinese Antiques
  • Jade
  • Ivory
  • Statuary
  • Musical Instruments
  • Militaria
  • Antique Arms
  • Porcelains
  • Glassware
  • Pottery
  • Silver
  • Memorabilia
  • Historic Documents
  • Autographs
  • Antiques
  • Collectibles

Appraisal Services: Manor Auctions provides professional written appraisal services for personal & business property to include:

  • Estate Settlement Appraisal
  • Insurance Appraisal
  • Bankruptcy Appraisal
  • Divorce / Family Division Appraisal
  • Business Liquidation Appraisal

Types of items which are commonly appraised:

  • Fine Art Appraisal
  • Collectible Appraisal
  • Antique Appraisal
  • Currency & Coin Appraisal
  • Household Contents Appraisal
  • Jewelry Appraisal
  • Business Asset Appraisal
  • Vehicle Appraisal
  • Equipment Appraisal

Manor Auctions performs all appraisals in strict accordance with GPPA - Graduate Personal Property Appraiser & USPAP Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. Manor's appraisers have all successfully completed GPPA training and are USPAP certified.

Appraisals can be complicated in nature. Appraisals are utilized for differing purposes and thus there are varying types of appraisals. Through a series of questions, Manor Auctions is able to determine and match your specific need with the appropriate appraisal. Understanding the correct type of appraisal is extremely important, as one must have the correct appraisal  for their need in order to have a valid, legal appraisal.

Manor Auctions provides appraisal services throughout the Unties States.

Why should a seller consider choosing Manor Auctions? Because Manor is a company which believes in:

  • Building long-lasting customer relationships
  • Providing (nationwide) no cost appraisal / consignment evaluation
  • Offering the best consignment terms in the business
  • Meeting the unique needs of individual consignors
  • Providing the best customer service possible
  • Maintaining an open line of communication
  • Maintaining a staff and network of knowledgeable subject matter experts across all respects of collecting 
  • Matching consigned items to the auction venue where they will achieve the highest possible price
  • Providing expansive global marketing through print, email, Internet, trade shows, direct mail, television and radio
  • Incorporating a multi-medium bidding platform to accommodate as many bidders / collectors as possible through floor, phone, absentee and live/absentee Internet
  • Working diligently and hard for consignors, as we realize and respect the fact they entrust great responsibility in us
  • Utilizing the latest technology, marketing and auction techniques in order to achieve the highest price possible
  • Paying consignors out quickly
  • Placing honesty and integrity above of all else

Precious Metal Trading Division: Manor Auctions precious metals trading department is the best in the industry for all precious metal trades, including gold, fine silver, platinum, sterling silver and numismatic coins:

Sell To Us:

  • Selling Gold Coins, such as Eagles, Maple Leafs & Pandas
  • Selling Silver Coins, such as Eagles, Maple Leafs, 40% & 90%
  • Selling Platinum Coins, such as Eagles & Maple Leafs
  • Selling Gold Bars, Rounds & Bullion
  • Selling Fine Silver Bars, Rounds & Bullion
  • Selling Gold Jewelry
  • Selling Old & Broken Gold
  • Selling Sterling Silver Flatware
  • Selling Sterling Silver Jewelry
  • Selling Sterling Silver Goblets, Bowls, Plates, Candelabras & the like
  • Numismatic & Collectible Coins

Buy From Us:

  • Buy Gold Coins, such as Eagles, Maple Leafs, Krugerrands & Pandas
  • Buy Silver Coins, such as Eagles, Maple Leafs and Partial Silver
  • Buy Gold Bars, Rounds & Bullion
  • Numismatic & Collectible Coins

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