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FORGOTTEN VASE SELLS FOR 25 TIMES ITS ESTIMATE

Chiswick Auctions has seen its best sale in the company's 25 year history.

On 16 May 2016, item sales and prices achieved far exceeded that of pre-sale estimates.  The Asian Art sale enjoyed unprecedented success, with bidders from all over the world vying for their outstanding articles, resulting in a 75% sold rate.

A Chinese blue and white sleeve vase, estimated to be of the Transitional period between the Ming and Qing Dynasties, was a particular highlight.  A London family had inherited the item, which was mounted as a lamp, and it was all but forgotten until they stumbled across it during a clear-out, when they considered throwing it away. It arrived at Chiswick Auctions covered in a thick layer of dust.  Once cleaned up, it was discovered to be an item of huge historical importance, depicting a scene of figures in a landscape.  It was conservatively estimated to go for £200-£300, but unexpectedly fetched £5040 including buyer's premium.

Chinese Sleeve Vase

A Chinese blue and white sleeve vase from the Transitional Period fetched £5040

Another highlight of a similar period was a pair of Chinese blue and white sleeve vases with paintings of officials and their attendants in a garden scene.  A band of delicately formed pendent leaves formed the top of both vases.  They sold for £26,400 including buyer's premium.

Lazarus Halstead, Head of Chiswick Auctions Asian Art Department, said: “The sale proves the continued strength of the current market for Chinese, Japanese and South East Asian art. Strong results were achieved across all categories and it was encouraging to see the diversity within the buyers for the sale.”

Yet another highlight from the sale was a carved tiger-taming luohan, entitled 'Pandola with a Lion'.  This exquisite piece sold for £10,800 including buyer's premium.

Pandola with a lion

'Pandola with a Lion' sold for £10,800

The Buddhist and Japanese sections also performed well in sales, representing an upturn in the marketplace, with a highlight being a pair of gilded figures on lions that fetched £10,800 including buyer's premium.

Gilded Lions

This pair of gilded figures on lions fetched £10,800

The photography section also saw outstanding sales.  Four rare photographic albums showing different perspectives of the European experience in China in the first three decades of the C20th were estimated at £800-£1200, but sold for £16,000 including buyer's premium.

Photographic Collections

Photographic Collections

Images from photographic albums that fetched a total of £16,000

Halstead further remarked: “The popularity of these photography albums reflects the rare and personal insights they provide, into a unique time of transitional between Imperial China and the modern era.”

The private collection of John Marriott, which comprised 82 lots was estimated at £50,000-£70,000, but fetched £84,000.

For more information and to view details of upcoming auctions, visit Chiswick Auctions.