Strong Bidding at Mallams' Chinese and Japanese Sale
Lot 67 small
Lot 350 small
Lot 608 small
Lot 32 small
Mallams had one of its busiest two day Chinese and Japanese sales on October 30th and 31st with a final sale total of just over £445,000 (excluding premium).
A number of lots sold well above some cautious pre-sale estimates with 7 lots exceeding £10,000.
One of the most highly contested lots was a Tibetan gilt bronze model of Gantama Buddha (lot 220) dating from the 18th century. This fine and well modelled figure was consigned by a local charity shop, after it was gifted to them by a generous donor and after fierce competition from internet and telephone bidders was sold for £15,500. The delighted charity shop regularly use Mallams’ expertise and auctions to maximise the value of their donations.
A bronze ting (lot 227) marked with a case six character mark Ta Ming Xuande Niew 18th/19th Century sold for £9000 and was the top price of a number of Chinese tings. Proving extremely popular and desirable to Chinese buyers, their value and desirability is often determined by the weight as well as the age.
There was a very good selection of Chinese porcelain, principally Kangxi and Qianlong and a delicate slightly earlier Transitional period (1618-1683) blue and white ovoid vase, measuring just 20cm high (lot 32), sold for £6400, (a larger Transitional vase had sold for £32,000 in 2017 in the same room). A small 19th century Hu shaped porcelain vase (lot 67) bearing a six character Zhuanshu seal mark of Qianlong realised £10,000 and two famille rose bowls (lot 608), with evenly spaced Daoist symbols and six character Zhuanshu seal marks of Qianlong and Daoguang, sold for £10,500 .
Featured in the sale were a small number of items originally from an imposing neoclassical building, called Hazelwood, which stood in the heart of Shanghai in the 1930s. One of these, a set of six scrolls (lot 350) with case, after Lu Zhi, each depicting mountain and allegorical scenes, sold for £8200 against an estimate of £3000-£5000.
We are now accepting entries for our next Chinese and Japanese Art Sale on 29-30 April. If you would like an informal valuation please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Published: 4th November 2019
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