Akiba Antiques to Offer Chinese Imperial Collection in Upcoming Sale
As part of the ancient tributary system of China’s foreign relations, envoys sent exotic gifts as a tribute to the Chinese emperor. The foreign envoy could only trade in China after completing this ritual. Among the exquisite gifts offered to the Chinese emperors, imperial gilt bronze boxes held a special place. A Qianlong tribute box with sea pearl panels and hand chased enamel is a key highlight of the upcoming Akiba Antiques auction. The box features ruby-colored glass and mirror work. Both the lid and bottom open to reveal a hidden compartment.
Another notable lot from the Qing dynasty is a pair of yellow ground embroidered silk pillows. These bear intricate lotus and floral motifs, as well as geometric patterns. A Chinese celadon jade tray with millet and goose motifs also leads the listings. It is framed in wood with a pierced back, calligraphy inscription, and silver seal. Rounding out the featured lots is a pair of terracotta statues. These portray Greco-Roman figures seated on a square base, holding items from the harvest. To view the complete catalog and register to bid online, visit LiveAuctioneers.