Starts: Tuesday, 10 December 2013 at 10:30 AM
Ceramics, metalwork and furniture feature in this auction dedicated to rare and collectable objects from Asia including China, Japan and India.
31 Meiklewood Road
I viewed McTear’s Asian art sale on Sunday the 8th, this is the second time I have driven up to their auction room in Glasgow only to find on both occasions a sale filled with over 90% reproduction Chinese antiques, yet again the lots described in such a way as to guarantee no recourse back to the auction house, in other words you bought it pay for it!
If they at least put some effort into researching & describing the items correctly then fair enough, but with the advent of online bidding and thousands of Chinese buyers looking to repatriate antiques back to China why should they describe the items accurately! WHAT and risk loosing some easy money from the Chinese cash cow – I don’t think so.
I checked McTear’s website and apparently they DO have an Asian art specialist called Magda Ketterer MA Hons, MLitt.
Her Bio: She studied for a degree in History of Art at Glasgow University and went on to complete a Master`s in The History of Collecting and Collections. Magda focuses on Chinese and Japanese works of art, and having spent time living and studying in Tokyo and Paris she has been able to develop her language skills and understanding of these rich artistic heritages.
If she is going to call herself an Asian art specialist should she not at least study the subject and describe the items in her department accordingly.
I am not out to bash auctioneers, the vast majority of them do a great job when putting auctions together and really do make the effort to research items and describe them accordingly, sadly there is also a handful of auctioneers deliberately running their businesses in a way that can only be described as 🙁
What’s the better business model? An ethical auction house that gives the customer a good buying experience & creates repeat custom or an auction house that leaves a bad aftertaste in the mouth & wallet? McTear’s already cost me 2 tanks of diesel 🙂
OK back to McTear’s
Why is this Disney Land pot below estimated at £3000 – £4000 When it is only worth £20 ?
Remember BUYER BEWARE