WOW! Brings McTear’s To My Eyes

auctioneerStarts: 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.

Meiklewood Gate
31 Meiklewood Road
Glasgow
G51 4EU

View their catalogue HERE

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.

magdaI 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 🙂

Unless an auction catalouge is correctly described you might as well do this with your money.
Unless an auction catalogue is correctly described you might as well do this with your money. Over 90 % of all Chinese items on sale in the UK are fake, buy from a good reputable dealer or from an honest auction house, remember if an item in a catalogue does not give a date of manufacture then there is no come back, your stuck with it.

 

OK back to McTear’s

Why is this Disney Land pot below estimated at £3000 – £4000 When it is only worth £20 ?

Their description: Lot: 204  |  Estimate: £3000 - £4000 CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE PLANTER decorated with foliate and bird motifs, 30cm high.
Their description: Lot: 204 | Estimate: £3000 – £4000 CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE PLANTER decorated with foliate and bird motifs, 30cm high.

 

Lot: 31  |  Estimate: £300 - £500  CHINESE SANG DE BOEUF BOWL of circular form and on circular foot, 11cm diameter. Real value £10
Lot: 31 | Estimate: £300 – £500 CHINESE SANG DE BOEUF BOWL of circular form and on circular foot, 11cm diameter.
Real value £10

 

Lot: 161  |  Estimate: £600 - £800  CHINESE CERAMIC BRUSH POT with Chinese script on the waisted body, 16.5cm high, 19.5cm diameter. Real value £10
Lot: 161 | Estimate: £600 – £800 CHINESE CERAMIC BRUSH POT with Chinese script on the waisted body, 16.5cm high, 19.5cm diameter.
Real value £10

 

Lot: 167  |  Estimate: £500 - £700 CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE TEA BOWL the exterior decorated with blossom motifs, the interior with central floral motif, six character mark to base, 12cm diameter, 5.5cm high. Real Value £10
Lot: 167 | Estimate: £500 – £700 CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE TEA BOWL the exterior decorated with blossom motifs, the interior with central floral motif, six character mark to base, 12cm diameter, 5.5cm high.
Real Value £10

 

Lot: 185  |  Estimate: £300 - £500 CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE VASE of baluster form, decorated with mythical animals, 28cm high. Real Value £15
Lot: 185 | Estimate: £300 – £500 CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE VASE of baluster form, decorated with mythical animals, 28cm high.
Real Value £15

 

Lot: 186  |  Estimate: £400 - £500 CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE CIRCULAR DISH the interior and exterior decorated with dragons, and with scalloped rim, 21cm diameter. Real Value £10
Lot: 186 | Estimate: £400 – £500 CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE CIRCULAR DISH the interior and exterior decorated with dragons, and with scalloped rim, 21cm diameter.
Real Value £10

 

Remember BUYER BEWARE