This May we have our two-day auction of Chinese Ceramics and Asian Works of Art. Day Two (Lots 201-551), on Thursday 19 May, will offer Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, including Japanese, Islamic and Indian Art. The auction features a wonderful variety of pieces from a number of private collections. Here we take a look at some of the highlights.
Tang Dynasty miniature pottery polo players
Lot 351 is a rare set of five miniature pottery polo players, dating from the Tang Dynasty (618-907AD). Each is modelled riding with arms out thrust. Purchased by the current owner from Robert Kleiner & Co. Ltd, on 25 June 2003, they will be sold with the original invoice, as well as Thermoluminescence certificates for two horses, dated 21 May 2002.
Lot 351: A rare set of five miniature pottery polo players, Tang Dynasty (618-907AD) | Est. £1,000-1,500 (+ fees)
Chinese export Famille Rose figures of Immortals
Next up is Lot 400 - eight late 18th or early 19th century Chinese export Famille Rose figures of Immortals. Coming to auction from a private Berkshire family by inheritance, the set comprises Shoulao and seven immortals. Each is enamelled in variously patterned robes, standing on raised rectangular plinths and holding their respective attributes.
Lot 400: Eight Chinese Export Famille Rose figures of Immortals, late 18th or early 19th century | Est. £600-800 (+ fees)
Chinese Famille Verte plaque
From a private Hampshire collection, we have Lot 441, a 19th century Chinese Famille Verte plaque, from the Qing Dynasty. Measuring 22cm x 19.7cm, this plaque is beautifully decorated with a sage seated under a pine tree with an attendant bringing books.
Lot 441: A Chinese Famille Verte plaque, Qing Dynasty, 19th century | Est. £400-600 (+ fees)
A Pahari Painting
From the selection of Indian art, a highlight is Lot 498, a Pahari painting of a woman with a dove, surrounded by her companions in a hilly landscape. Probably Guler, it dates to the early 19th century, and features two lines of devanagari script on the reverse. This lot comes from a private English collection.
Lot 498: A Pahari painting of a Woman with a Dove surrounded by her Companions, Probably Guler, early 19th century | Est. £600-800 (+ fees)
A Mughal buff sandstone architectural panel
Lot 508 is a Mughal buff sandstone architectural panel dating from the late 18th or early 19th century. Originating from Northern India, this comes from a private collection having by repute been purchased from Christies South Kensington in the 1980's or 1990's. It is intricately decorated with a flower vase, flanked by a pair of peacocks.
Lot 508: A Mughal buff sandstone architectural panel, late 18th or early 19th century | Est. £800-1,200 (+ fees)
A Japanese Arita Porcelain Dish
Finally, to end the sale there is a variety of Japanese ceramics and works of art. Highlighted here is Lot 535, a late 17th or early 18th century Japanese Arita porcelain dish. It is made as an eight-lobed form, with the well painted in overglaze Kakiemon enamels, gilding and a 'Batavian' brown rim. The decoration depicts two exotic birds amid branches of The Three Friends (Pine, Prunus and Bamboo).
Lot 535: A Japanese Arita Porcelain Dish | Est. £2,000-3,000 (+ fees)
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Wednesday 18 & Thursday 19 May 2022
Donnington Priory, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 2JE
Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art | Part One (Lot 1) | Wednesday 18 May, 10.30am BST
Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art | Part One (Lots 2-200) | Wednesday 18 May, 11am BST
Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art (Part Two) and Japanese, Indian and Islamic Ceramics & Works of Art (Lots 201-551) | Thursday 19 May, 10.30am BST
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- Tuesday 10 May: 10am-5pm
- Wednesday 11 May: 10am-5pm
- Viewing in Newbury (full sale):
- Sunday 15 May: 10am-4pm
- Monday 16 May: 10am-5pm
- Tuesday 17 May: 10am-5pm
- Wednesday 18 May: 8.30am-end of day
- Thursday 19 May: 8.30am-2pm
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