Our auction of Fine Asian Works of Art on June 4th 2014 featured a diverse offering of Chinese and Japanese art, many of which came to us from private collections. The sale achieved an outstanding final premium inclusive total of £1,009,451.
Stealing the show was lot 368, an impressive blue and white Ming-style charger from a private collection in Dumfriesshire, which reached a staggering £427,250.
The head of our Asian department, Lee Young, said “this is a terrific result, and is the highest price ever paid for Chinese porcelain of this kind in Scotland. The sale room had an exciting 'buzz', with lots of activity from UK and overseas telephone and internet bidders. The level of engagement from buyers worldwide made the whole day a true pleasure to be an auctioneer.”
Another much-anticipated highlight was the Chinese Imperial Empress summer robe dating to the mid-Qing period, from the renowned collection of a Glasgow shipping magnate Leonard Gow, which reached £73,250.
The piece was sold by the grand-daughter-in-law of Leonard Gow, and on hearing the news she said “I am absolutely thrilled; I have had it hanging in my wardrobe for years, just managing to stop the children from wearing it as fancy dress. At Christmas when I heard that Lyon & Turnbull had sold a similar robe it inspired me to get in touch and I am so glad I did.” To read more about the robe click here.
Amongst the other disciplines within the sale a few areas stand out as top performers, including The Chris Bennett Collection of snuff bottles. Mrs Bennett joined us at the sale to share in the excitement as the telephone bidders and collectors in the room fought to become the winning bidder.
Similarly, the Symington Grieve collection of Japanese works of art was watched over by two of the collector's descendants, again thrilled with the competitive bidding that brought strong prices.
Items from a prominent Scottish collection received sustained interest including catalogue ‘poster boy’ a cinnabar lacquer horse. This decorative and unusual piece received attention from around the globe and ultimately realised £15,625.
All prices inclusive of premium.