A jade marriage bowl from the collection of the late Commander Paul Bridgeman of Dowdeswell Manor, near Cheltenham. The collection was sourced from the best London dealers of the late 19th and early 20th Century including Bluett & Sons, whose label appears on the underside of this bowl. Tragically the bulk of the Bridgeman collection was destroyed by fire at the Pantechnicon in London on 8th October 1939; the remaining items are offered in this sale. The bowl is of a type popular at the Imperial Qing court, the ring handles suspended from auspicious phoenix masks are typical of the form and the jade is of a pale celadon colour prized by the carvers of that era.
And it fetched £60,000 above the estimated price at auction at Chorley’s in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, and sold to a mystery Chinese collector.
John Harvey, director of Chorley’s, said: “We were delighted to be able to offer this magnificent bowl for sale today and were very pleased with the huge amount of international interest the bowl generated.
“It will now be returning to China.”
The bowl came from a large collection of Chinese items of the late Commander Paul Bridgeman who lived at the grand Dowdeswell Manor, near Cheltenham.