Chinese Ceramics and Asian Works of Art

Smash Pre-Sale Estimates at Dreweatts' November Sale

London -Dreweatts' Chinese Ceramics and Asian Works of Art sale offered collectors a spectacular assemblage of Asian ceramics, jades, glass, ivory, textiles, furniture and works of art. Influential collectors were out in force during Asian Art Week resulting in a multitude of impressive hammer prices for rare and important items.

A blue and white "Five Dragons" vase initiated a fierce battle between two telephone bidders, before finally selling for a stunning £230,000. Superbly decorated with five extraordinary dragons rising above crashing waves, the vessel yields an impressive evocation of the Emperor's majestic and benevolent rule and may have well been strictly associated with the Jiaqing ruler. Capable of flying high in the sky and diving back in the sea, dragons were, since the earliest phases of Chinese history, empowered with supernatural, auspicious powers, comparable with those of the emperors.

Further associations of The Five Dragons with The Five Generating Forces of the Universe, The Five Directions and The Five Blessings of virtue, longevity, wealth, health and peaceful death, evoke a cosmic diagram that, positioning a righteous ruler at the center of the 'All Under Heaven', also acted as powerful symbol for the virtue of the foreign Jiaqing emperor in his quest to justify his right to the throne of China [Lot 101].

Another top seller was a stunning bronze model of a recumbent deer with coral antlers and body intricately, possibly dating to the Southern Song dynasty, inlaid in gold and silver with designs of supernatural creatures, in Warring States revival typical of the time. With a pre-sale estimate of £3,000-5,000 and after huge amounts of interest in the room, online and on the telephones the delicate piece finally sold for £60,000 [Lot 7].

Further Highlights:

A jade vase and cover of slightly flattened baluster
Sold for £32,000 [Lot 40]

A rare pair of large cloisonne mythical beast covered censers, 18th-19th century
Sold for £18,000 [Lot 17]

A cloisonne enamel jiardiniere, Qianlong period
Sold for £11,000 [Lot 16]

A jade model of a qilin, 19th century
Sold for £8,000 [Lot 42]

A gilt-bronze figure of Jambhala, 16th-17th century
Sold for £8,000 [Lot 155]

A large Chinese Blanc de Chine Guanyin, late 19th century-early 1900
Sold for £8,000 [Lot 96]

Sold for £6,500 [Lot 28]

A pale celadon jade "chilong cup", 18th century
Sold for £5,500 [Lot 54]

A jade mount from a ruyi sceptre, 19th century
Sold for £4,800 [Lot 37]

The sale was held at Dreweatts and Bloomsbury Auctions' London sale room in Mayfair on Monday 10th November. For a full listing of the results please visit


Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions are a UK 'top 5' auctioneer of fine art and collectibles. As part of Stanley Gibbons we are the only UK stock-exchange listed firm of auctioneers and occupy the same stable as coin specialists Baldwin's, and Frasers Autograph's. Established in 1759, we have the broadest and most regular calendar of specialist catalogued sales in the industry, numbering over 150 per annum, and provide vendors and buyers alike access to market-leading specialist advice in any number of collecting fields. We operate from salerooms in Donnington Priory (near Newbury), London's Mayfair, Bristol and Godalming.

London - 14th November 2014