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Qing bamboo brushpot bought for £700 makes £70,760 in Dorchester auction

19 November 2015

The primary draw to the regions – rather than London – during last week’s glut of Asian works of art sales was the auction titled ‘In Pursuit of the Scholar’s Spirit’ conducted by Duke’s of Dorchester.

 

The opening 159 lots comprised a private collection of Chinese and other East Asian art formed by a member of the Oriental Ceramics Society from the 1950s-90s. Surviving receipts suggested they had been acquired primarily through two London dealers - Spink & Son and later Gerard Hawthorn. A combination of provenance, modest pricing (and the request for deposits from phone and online bidders) prompted a strong attendance in the room and occasionally feverish bidding.

The auction was a spectacular success, with online bidding from Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, and the USA. Duke’s superb new auction rooms were packed, and a battery of telephone bidders were kept busy throughout the day. Lot 1, a rare Chinese Sancai cup from the Tang dynasty set the tone for the day, selling for £15,860, against a pre-sale estimate of £1000-£2000. An understated Chinese Dingyao washer from the Northern Song Dynasty (Lot 15), trounced a £5,000-£10,000 estimate, selling for £115,900. It had been acquired from Spinks in 1976 for £1,500. Bidders favoured white jades over earlier material, which would have appealed more to the tastes of 20th century connoisseurs and collectors. Top honours went to a small white jade ‘Double-Quail’ group (lot 144), beautifully carved during the reign of Qianglong. It sold for £79,000 against a pre-sale estimate of £5,000-£10,000. An exquisite parcel gilt bronze, double phoenix scroll weight (lot 74), dating from the late Ming or early Qing Dynasty, acquired from Spink in 1977, sold for £51,240, against a modest pre-sale estimate of £1,500-£3,000. Its original purchase price in 1977 was £550. Some of the most spectacular prices, however, were reserved for a group of wooden brush pots, beloved by the Chinese literati class, and now very much in favour with collectors from Asia. This 4½in (11cm) high, 18th century bamboo brush pot attracted multiple bidders before being sold for £70,760. This had been acquired from Spink and Sons in 1984 for £700. The carving was exceptional and the subject matter highly auspicious, depicting the goddess Yaochi Jinmu, or Queen Mother of the West holding court within her palace on the mythological Mount Kunlun.

A few lots later, a Chinese Huanghuali lotus-form brush pot, from the late Ming/early Qing Dynasty, was bid to no less than £47,580, against a modest pre-sale estimate of £2,000-£4,000.

The auction totalled just under £1.2million, tripling the auctioneers expectations. There were only a handful of unsold items. Duke’s specialist Andrew Marlborough commented: ‘Despite the slow-down in the Chinese economy, the market remains really hungry for top-quality material, where authenticity cannot be challenged.’ 

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Forthcoming Fine Art Sales

An Important European Private Collection, Ceramics, Asian Art and Furniture

18th February 2016

An Important European Private Collection, Ceramics, Asian Art and Furniture:

Sale Start Times

Thursday 18th February at 10.30am (lots 1-511)
Friday 19th February at 10.30am (lots 600-1247)

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Coins, Militaria and Ephemera

10th March 2016

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Paintings and Drawings, Furniture and Works of Art

14th April 2016

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Asian Art

20th May 2016

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Silver and Jewellery, Furniture and Works of Art

9th June 2016

This sales is on 9th and 10th June 2016.
 

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Ceramics, Glass and Asian Art, Furniture and Works of Art

28th July 2016

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Paintings and Drawings, Furniture and Works of Art

15th September 2016

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Coins, Militaria and Ephemera

13th October 2016

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Asian Art

18th November 2016

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Jewellery and Silver, Furniture and Works of Art

8th December 2016

This sale will take place on the 8th and 9th December 2016.

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Forthcoming General Sales

Avenue Auction

23rd February 2016

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Avenue Auction

15th March 2016

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The Toys and Collectables Sale at The Avenue

22nd March 2016

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Avenue Auction

5th April 2016

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Avenue Auction

26th April 2016

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Avenue Auction

17th May 2016

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Avenue Auction

7th June 2016

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The Vintage Clothing and Accessories Sale at The Avenue

14th June 2016

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Avenue Auction

28th June 2016

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Avenue Auction

19th July 2016

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Avenue Auction

9th August 2016


 

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Avenue Auction

23rd August 2016

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The Toys and Collectables Sale at The Avenue

6th September 2016

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Avenue Auction

20th September 2016

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Avenue Auction

11th October 2016

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Avenue Auction

1st November 2016

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Avenue Auction

22nd November 2016

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Avenue Auction

13th December 2016

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Previous Fine Art Sales

Silver, Jewellery and Furniture

3rd December 2015

Silver, Jewellery and Furniture, 3rd and 4th December 2015. Thursday 3rd December at 10.30am (lots 1-705) Friday 4th December at 10.30am (lots 750-1071)  

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Asian Art Sale: In Pursuit of the Scholar’s Spirit

12th November 2015

A Specialist auction of Asian Art to include an Important Private Collection of Chinese and other East Asian Art.  

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Coins, Militaria and Collectables

15th October 2015

   

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The Batten Library and other Important Books and Manuscripts

30th September 2015

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Paintings and Furniture

17th September 2015

Paintings and Furniture Sale  

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Previous General Sales

Avenue Auction

2nd February 2016

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Avenue Auction

12th January 2016

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Avenue Auction

8th December 2015

Sale Starts at 10.30am on Tuesday 8th December 2015.

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The Avenue Sale

17th November 2015

The Avenue Interiors sale takes place on 17th November 2015.

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The Avenue Sale

27th October 2015

This Avenue sale takes place on 27th October 2015.

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Featured Lots

  • A CHINESE HUANGYANGMU (BOXWOOD) GUANYIN,

    A CHINESE HUANGYANGMU (BOXWOOD) GUANYIN,

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  • A LARGE CHINESE SWATOW DISH,

    A LARGE CHINESE SWATOW DISH,

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  • INDIAN ARTIST (CIRCA 1800) Company School, Delhi, the Mughal prince Mirza Nili Sahib Bahadur seated with his sons

    INDIAN ARTIST (CIRCA 1800) Company School, Delhi, the Mughal prince Mirza Nili Sahib Bahadur seated with his sons

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  • A CHINA WAR MEDAL 1900, with Defence Of Legations clasp, engraved, number and regiment worn, possibly (5194 Pte D Round, Ryl Welsh Rgt)

    A CHINA WAR MEDAL 1900, with Defence Of Legations clasp, engraved, number and regiment worn, possibly (5194 Pte D Round, Ryl Welsh Rgt)

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  • ENGLISH SCHOOL, 16th century,  a portrait of a gentleman, his left hand resting on his sword, oil on panel, 30

    ENGLISH SCHOOL, 16th century, a portrait of a gentleman, his left hand resting on his sword, oil on panel, 30" x 24.75". Provenance: Private collection, Ireland.

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  • AUGUSTUS JOHN OM RA (1878-1961) A portrait study of a gypsy girl, holding a large ewer, oil on canvas, 25

    AUGUSTUS JOHN OM RA (1878-1961) A portrait study of a gypsy girl, holding a large ewer, oil on canvas, 25" x 20". Provenance: The Hon. Richard Smith, and thence by descent. Private collection, Channel Islands.

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