Sworders Asian Art – 5th of Nov 2021

As I mentioned earlier prices seems very strong across the board for both high end and low end items. Sworders always manage to come up with good items. Surprise of the sale for many was the bronze censer shown below which sold for £50,000.

A Chinese blue and white brush pot.

Kangxi (1662-1722), of cylindrical form, the exterior finely inscribed with the text of the Shengzhu de Xianchen Song (Ode to the Finding of Virtuous Officials by the Divine Ruler) in kaishu script, finished with a seal mark reading Xi Chao Chuan Gu (Transmitting Antiquity from the Court of Kangxi), the base centred with a recessed circle enclosing a six-character Kangxi mark in underglaze blue,

18.2cm diameter

Sold for £125,000

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Lyon And Turnbulls Top Selling Lots – 5th Nov 2021 – Fine Asian & Islamic Works of Art

Prices seem strong right across the board for high and low end items in and around all the current Asian art sales.

Top selling three lots in L & Ts sale…

 

CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL RECTANGULAR PLAQUE QING DYNASTY, 17TH-18TH CENTURY

One side enamelled with a pair of birds perching on flowering tree issuing from rockwork amongst other plants, against a navy blue ground, the reverse with a quaint walled garden surrounded by water with hills and a pagoda afar, surrounded by gilded borders, mounted on a fitted wooden stand.

17.2cm x 13.2cm

Sold for £50,000

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Roger Keverne Antique Collection to be Sold at Auction at Bonhams

Roger Keverne Antique Collection to be Sold at Auction at Bonhams

For Asian antique enthusiasts, one name stands tall – Roger Keverne. Trading under the business name Roger Keverne Ltd, this legendary dealer has hosted and sold antiques from a storefront in the exclusive London area of Mayfair for almost three decades. Keverne and his wife/business partner Miranda Clarke are now moving on from their location in the capital, however – and all remaining stock will be auctioned at Bonhams in the coming summer.

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Rare 15th Century Chinese Ming Bowl Purchased for $35 at a House Sale

Rare 15th Century Chinese Ming Bowl Purchased for $35 at a House Sale

It’s a long-standing dream of most antique enthusiasts to bag a bargain and turn a substantial profit on a piece. What is invariably even more expecting, however, is when a valuable item is sourced from unofficial means, such as a boot sale.

This is exactly what happened to one resident of New Haven, Connecticut, who purchased a small porcelain bowl from a backyard sale for $35 – and now stands to sell it for upward of US$400,000 through auction house Sotheby’s. With the benefit of hindsight, the previous owner is likely wishing they haggled over the asking price a little.

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Yongzheng Vase Sells Online For 3 Million UK Pounds

Yongzheng Vase Sells Online For 3 Million UK Pounds

A Chinese blue and white bottle vase set a online record when it achieved a hammer price of over £3 million at the close of the sale in Singapore this week.

The 15 inch high bottle form vase, with a six character Yongzheng (1722-35) mark to the base. It featured in a timed sale on April 18th to May 3rd held by Hotlotz.

The price is a record for Hotlotz and the biggest selling lot on thesaleroom.com

The vase was decorated with a nine dragon design amongst stylised clouds. It is thought to be to another mark and period vase of the same size and similar decoration (two-dragon) that took a house record of £2.6 million at Tennants of Leyburn in 2012 and was resold by Sotheby’s in Hong Kong in 2015 for HK$75.8 million approx £7.5 million.

Yongzheng Vase Sells Online For 3 Million UK Pounds

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Pensioner Discovers Ancient Rare Jade Worth £3 Million – NOT

Pensioner Discovers Ancient Rare Jade Worth £3 Million - NOT

I was lost for words when I read this story in a UK national paper, more than anything I was embarrassed for the Asian Art Expert that actually fronted this story.

I dont know why a journalist would even consider publishing this story without first researching the facts, I think they call it due diligence. Glorying a story sells papers I suppose.

The story: An Indian gem dealer that emigrated to England in the 1960s left a chest of treasures when he died aged 96 in 2012.

His 66 year old son was going through his fathers possessions when he came across the tiny jade piece and was apparently stunned when Asian Art Expert expert at Halls Auctioneers in Shrewsbury told the owner the piece was worth 2 to 3 million UK pounds.

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Pair Of Doucai Dragon Jars Sell For US $88,888.88 On Ebay USA

The story goes a woman bought these jars a few years back at an antiques fair in Champlain Valley.

She brought the pair of Doucai dragon jars to Global Garage Sales in Colchester to be sold online. Peter Becker and Erik Holcomb, co-founders of Global Garage Sales, posted the jars on Ebay for a seven day auction.

Pair Of Doucai Dragon Jars Sell For US $88,888.88 On Ebay USA

Feb 05, 2020 . A pair of doucai dragon jars sell for US $88,888.88 on Ebay USA. The jars had 100 bids with 19 bidders.

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