The market has without doubt turned, this time last year everything was selling now only the best items are selling and selling well, it had to happen really. I did notice around the country from the handful of auctions that recentley held Asian art sales that HALF of the lots went unsold in each room. Evidence the buyers are being very picky. Rightly so!
Highest prices below… There were other results around the country but I can not be bothered to list them, been on the road & tired.
Dreweatts London Chinese Ceramics and Asian Works of Art
Monday 10 November 2014, 11.00am
Lot no. 101
Sold for £230000
A blue and white “Five Dragons” vase, Jiaqing seal mark and possibly (WOW) of the period (AD 1796-1820) , with globular body tapering to a thick, cylindrical neck, painted with five sinuous, scaly, five-clawed dragons in pursuit of a flaming pearl, all amidst vaporous clouds and bats above a band of crashing waves at the foot and below a ruyi band at the mouth rim, 32cm high.
Sworders, Stansted Mountfitchet Asian Art November 11
Lot No 545
Sold for £35,000
A Huanghuali Day Bed (Ta)
A Late Qing, with mat surface supported upon four short legs,196cm wide 74.3cm deep 41.2cm high
Woolley & Wallis, Salisbury Asian Art November 12/13
Estimate: £150,000 – 250,000
Hammer Price £ 310,000
A fine pair of Chinese doucai lingzhi wine cups six character Yongzheng marks in underglaze blue and of the period 1723-35, each gently flaring U-shaped body raised on a short circular foot, delicately painted to the exterior with four pairs of ruyi-heads divided by florets issuing scrolling leaves, all within concentric bands in underglaze blue, the interiors glazed white, 7.3cm. (2)
Provenance: purchased from John Sparks Ltd. during the Second World War.
Cf. R E Scott, For the Imperial Court, Qing Porcelain from the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, p.110, no.40. See also Sotheby’s, Hong Kong, 8th October 2013, lot 3094 for a similar pair of cups, and Christie’s, Hong Kong, Wednesday 1st June 2011, lot 3523. See also the Catalogue of the Special Exhibition of Ch’eng-hua Porcelain Ware, National Palace Museum, pp.153-155 for the Chenghua prototypes of this design.