Asian Ceramics & Works of Art - 26th June 2013

Dreweatts forthcoming Asian Ceramics and Works of Art sale on Wednesday 26th June at Donnington Priory, in Newbury has something for all tastes and all pockets.

We are so happy to be able to offer some 300 lots, nearly all from private collections,’ said Benedetta Mottino, head of Asian Ceramics and Works of Art. ‘Thanks to the internet and our association with in mainland China, our sales attract collectors and art dealers from all over the world.

As always items which are fresh to the market fare particularly well, and Dreweatts has a reputation for selling pieces from English country homes in the south of England and in fact, 98% of this sale has been sourced from private English collections.

Cloisonné is well represented in the sale with a Canton enamel saucer dish (lot 305), delicately decorated with a butterfly fluttering amongst chrysanthemum, roses, peaches and finger citrons in the central well and bands of scrolling flowers, bats and clouds. This property of a gentleman has a long-tailed phoenix on the base and is datable to the 18th/19th century (estimated £3000-5000).

Another handsome piece of privately owned cloisonn√ɬ© is the large 19th century moonflask (lot 316) with blooming peonies and a pair of bronze dragon handles, this is expected to fetch £5000-6000.

The highlight of Dreweatts’ sale must be the intricately carved soapstone group by Wu Changshuo, the renowned Qing dynasty poet, calligrapher, painter and seal carver from Zhejiang province; this exceptional piece (lot 356) comes from a very important private Hong Kong collection and is estimated £15000-20000.

Carved with a Buddhist lion crouching amongst crashing waves with three monks sitting on its back or holding prayer beads, this 19th century group will appeal particularly to the Chinese, not only because of the virtuosity of the carving but also because of the auspicious nature of the symbols incorporated within the group; the lion is homophone with longevity, Buddhism is homophone with blessings, and joy with the sea. Together the symbols form the rebus ‘May your fortune be as boundless as the Eastern sea and may you live a long and happy life.’

The sale also offers some very decorative textiles such as the large 18th century embroidered Imperial throne cover (lot 387). Delicately embroidered with lotus sprays, foliate scrolls, bats and various auspicious emblems, this property of a lady is estimated at £5000-8000.

Amongst the ceramics is a Kangxi famille verte wine pot and cover with a tall simulated bamboo handle, this too is the property of a lady and has an estimate of £1000-2000 (lot 404). The monumental and handsome pair of yellow ground porcelain bottle vases (lot 467) decorated with coiled dragons amongst white flowering peony and chrysanthemum also come from a magnificent London home; these ‘statement’ vases carry an estimate of £3000- 5000.

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