DUKE’S ASIAN ART auction on June 15th will contain a group of impeccably provenanced material including property consigned by the RER LUFF WILL TRUST.
Richard Edmund Relfe Luff CBE (1887-1969) was managing director of Cable and Wireless and a notable collector of Chinese porcelain and works of art. Roger Bluett described him as “ one of the last generation of English buyers who were able to build up fine collections …in the years following the Second World War.”
Richard Luff was a client of Bluett’s from 1944-1964 and the lots on offer at Duke’s can be identified in a valuation prepared by them in January 1970.
In 1973 his family sold a Chenghua Palace bowl at Sothebys, which fetched the then enormous price of £130,000. Luff had purchased it in 1946 for £132. Today it would sell for more than £20 million.
A FINE PAIR OF LARGE CHINESE FAMILLE ROSE CIRCULAR DISHES,
each painted with a lady, female attendant and a yellow deer beneath pine and clouds in a rocky garden, the borders with peony sprays,
Yongzheng/Qianlong, c. 1730-40.
5.5cm high x 43.5cm diam.
A CHINESE LONGQUAN CELADON KINUTA GLAZED VASE
Southern Song dynasty
16.5cm high x 8cm long x 8cm wide
A FINE CHINESE PALE CELADON JADE LINKED BOX AND COVER
well carved as a finger citrus, the two halves joined by a loose ring.
4.5cm x 8.5cm long x 11cm diam.
A CHINESE BRONZE GUEI
with two handles, cast with masks and two bands of archaic designs,
Western Zhou dynasty, circa 10th century BC,
16cm high x 25cm long x 19cm wide (with the base)
12cm high x 25cm long x 19cm wide (without base)
A CHINESE FAMILLE ROSE GROUP OF THE LAUGHING TWINS,
19.5cm high x 17cm long x 6.5cm wide
A CHINESE GILT BRONZE DAGGER,
the sheath inlaid with semi-precious stones
probably Warring States.
25cm long x 15cm wide