Our bi-annual auction of Fine Asian Works of Art held on 02 December 2014, was the final auction to take place this year as part of Asian Art in London. Being held for the first time at Crosshall Manor, St Neots in Cambridgeshire, the 552 lot sale was very well attended and a great success, achieving in excess of £1.5million - making it one of Lyon & Turnbull’s best sale this year.
The top lot of the sale, a blue and white Meiping vase, sold for £289,250 after an energetic bidding war; the piece had excellent provenance coming from the estate of well-known author Lady Mary Stewart - just one of the many private collections that characterized the sale. Two further lots from the same collection received much bidding attention, most notably a carved hardwood brush pot selling for £58,850 and a carved rhinoceros horn libation cup selling for £51,650.
“A combination of moving the sale closer to London and a continually evolving market threw up a number of surprises, none more so than the Meiping vase much to the delight of one of the beneficiaries who attended Tuesday’s sale. This new location has proved to be a winning formula and we very much look forward to holding both of our Fine Asian sales for 2015 in St Neots.” – Lee Young, Head of the Asian Department
Other highlights included an exceptionally rare celadon and blue glazed ‘dragon’ charger which soared past its estimate of £20,000-30,000 reaching £241,250, also a pair of Doucai ‘butterflies and flowers’ medallion bowls which after much pre-sale attention finally reached £91,250 (one illustrated top left by title).
We were honoured to offer select lots from the renowned collection of Leonard Gow for a second auction in a row, and similiarly to the previous sale, the selection sold well. Standing out, were a pair of yellow and green ‘dragon’ bowls, Yongzheng mark and of the period, which made nearly five times their estimate settling at £31,250. To find out more read our article The Yongzheng Emperor - Thirteen Years of Brilliance here.
SUMMARY OF TOP LOTS
- £289,250 Lot 162: Blue and white Meiping Vase, Kangxi mark but later
- £241,250 Lot 304: Exceptionally rare celadon and blue glazed dragon charger, Yongzheng mark and of the period
- £91,250 Lot 419: Pair of Doucai ‘butterflies and flowers’ medallion bowls, Yongzheng mark and of the period
- £58,850 Lot 168: Carved hardwood brush pot, Qing Dynasty, 18th/19th Century
- £51,650 Lot 151: Carved rhinoceros horn libation cup, Qing Dynasty