Dore & Rees is delighted to announce their first Asian Art auction, coming up at the end of this month. The sale will feature ceramics, silver, works of art, furniture and more.
Highlight lots include a rare copper red and underglaze blue meiping vase from the Kangxi period, the beauty in its iridescent surface shines, estimate £5,000-10,000. Imperial wares are represented, including a massive blue and white charger, with a striking coiled scaly five claw dragon, writhing amidst clouds. The mark reads ‘made for the Palace of Gathered Elegance’, estimate 5,000-10,000. A rare imitation bronze standing Bodhisattva figure raised on a single lotus throne is an exercise in exquisite decoration in the detail of the draping robes, estimate £5,000-10,000.
Fine examples of cloisonne from China and Japan feature throughout the sale. A cloisonne moonflask is one of the most eye catching pieces from a Private collection of over seventy lots. If small and beautiful is your thing, then there’s an enamel ‘Lotus’ box and cover with brightly coloured turquoise and rose enamel, estimate £1,500-2,500. From Japan, a very fine tea kettle and a vase will be of interest to lovers of intricate details, sold separately, they each carry an estimate of £800 – 1,200.
Head of sale Lee Young comments: “A bumper first Asian Art auction for Dore & Rees will be presented online and in their newly refreshed premises marking a new and exciting chapter for the business.”
The auction will be on view 23 – 26 May at Dore & Rees in Frome.
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MASSIVE BLUE AND WHITE ‘DRAGON’ CHARGER CHUXIU GONG ZHI SEAL MARK, GUANGXU PERIOD
Painted in tones of underglaze blue to the interior with a medallion enclosing a coiled scaly five-clawed dragon writhing amidst clouds and fire in pursuit of a flaming pearl, the sides and exterior similarly decorated. 63.5cm diam
NOTE: the Chuxiu Gong zhi seal mark on this charger reads ‘made for the Palace of Gathered Elegance’. Built in the 18th year of Ming Emperor Yongle in 1420, the Palace was residence of concubines during the Ming and Qing Dynasty’s. It was renovated to celebrate Cixi’s 50th birthday in 1884, and it is likely that this group of chargers where made around that time.
PROVENANCE: Prominent Scottish collection £5,000-10,000
RARE COPPER RED AND UNDERGLAZE BLUE ‘DRAGON’ VASE, MEIPING KANGXI PERIOD
The sides decorated with two opposing long dragons amidst fire scrolls and auspicious items. 21cm high.
NOTE: for a similar vase see; Percival David Collection, No. C644, gift from Hon Mountstuart Elphinstone
RARE IMITATION BRONZE AND ROBINS EGG-GLAZED AND GILT STANDING BODHISATTVA QING DYNASTY, 18TH / 19TH CENTURY
The standing figure raised on a single lotus throne, his hands held before him in mudras, enriched with luxurious jewellery and a five pointed crown 34.5cm high
PROVENANCE: From a Private Collection £5,000-10,000
FINE CLOSOINNE ENAMEL ‘DRAGON’ MOONFLASK QING DYNASTY, JIAQING / DAOGUANG PERIOD
The garlic mouth flask with twin ruyi-form handles, the flattened ovoid sides decorated with medallions of opposing
SMALL CLOISONNE ENAMEL ‘LOTUS’ BOX AND COVER QIANLONG FOUR CHARACTER MARK AND OF THE PERIOD
The rounded sides rising from a short spreading foot, brightly enamelled with lotus strapwork reserved.
ABOUT DORE & REES
Dore & Rees, established in Frome in 1868, has a longstanding and cherished position in Somerset and the South West. Having built up a strong loyal local following offering regular general auctions of antiques, furnishing, works of art and collectables, Dore & Rees is adding specialist auctions including Asian Art, Twentieth Century Design and more. Led by Mark Rees since 1984, the saleroom is now under the leadership of Lee Young, a familiar face on the BBC Antiques Roadshow.