30/05/2014 : 22nd & 23rd May Sale Report
Asian Art was one of the main areas of focus for another huge two day auction at The Cheshire Saleroom on May 22nd and 23rd.
The start of the first day saw over 600 lots of Asian Art sell for over £100,000 in total, with the top result being £10,500 for a pair of Chinese bronze vases (illustrated), each bearing the mark of Emperor Qianlong, thought to be of the period. Interest for the finer pieces of Chinese art shows no sign of waning as international bidding continues to grow and become an increasingly significant aspect of the business. Top result in the porcelain was £4,900 for a pair of bowls made c.1900, painted in underglaze blue with birds and clouds and marked with the mark of the then Emperor Guangxu. Other notable Chinese results included £1,500 for a large 19th century blue and white vase, £1,850 for a Canton ivory cigarette box, £1,950 for a Republic period vase, £1,950 and £2,700 for two Chinese silver tea sets, £2,300 for a collection of eight silk rank badges, and £2,100 for a fine pair of Republic porcelain vases. The Japanese trade was strong too; £4,100 for a large pair of 17th century Arita vases and covers (despite damage), £3,100 for a Shibayama cabinet and £2,300 for a finely modelled bronze hawk. A small but fine section of Asian art will feature in July’s fine art sale and includes a pair of 19th century porcelain wig stands, estimated to fetch between £10,000 and £20,000.
Despite the Asian art section firing all cylinders, the highest hammer price of the sale came in the form of a traditional painting; an enormous oil on canvas by James Northcote titled ‘Daniel in the lion’s den’ which had a well-documented past. It had been sold to a Mr Shakerley for 100 guineas in 1813 and had been owned by the Congleton Borough Council from 1926. The hammer went down £500 over the top estimate at £20,500 to an absentee bidder beating notable interest from the room.
Several lots of jewellery & watches shone too, as we look forward to the next specialist auction in September. A diamond ring consigned via our Hale valuation office attracted significant attention from across the country and sold for £8,800, an amber bead necklace consigned from the Caribbean sold for £3,800 and an 18ct gold ladies Rolex made £2,750.
Arguably the most positive and buoyant section of the 2,400 lot two day auction was the furniture. Over 400 lots included 17th century oak right through to retro teak dining suites from the 50’s and 60’s. A large local collection of Arts & Crafts objects was consigned for sale including a lovely collection of silver and enamel buckles (some by Liberty & Co), a vast array of beaten copper and brass and around 25 pieces of unmistakably Arts & Crafts oak furniture. A busy saleroom ensured that every piece made a handsome price, a single elbow chair sold to a determined bidder on the front row for £500 against some furious internet bidding. Then to the seemingly more popular Art Deco walnut furniture; £2,250 for a walnut cocktail cabinet, £1,450 for a satin walnut dining suite and £2,050 for a walnut serving table ensured that the furniture market is booming in certain areas.
June 14th is a short but interesting one day auction in association with Adam Partridge Antiques Hunting Weekends and July 10th & 11th is the next two day Fine Art Sale, this time with specialist sections for Musical Instruments, Mechanical Music, Wine & Whiskey, and Asian Art.
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