July Asian Sale Attracts Interest

18th July 2013

The auction took place on July 10 and thanks to the event in the Capital many potential buyers were already in the UK.

More than 300 lots were up for auction at the sale and many bids were made online.

A particularly item of note was Lot 190 - a Chinese white metal, three-piece tea service, possibly made by the preeminent Chinese silversmith, Cumshing of Canton. Decorated with a cherry blossom motif of naturalistic form, it had the maker's mark on the base and included a pair of sugar tongs. It sold for £2,200.

There was also a lot of interest in Lot 2 - an early 20th century Chinese export figure of the ancient philosopher Lao Tzu receiving acupuncture from a woman. This sold for £3,000.

Lot 1 - a 19th century/early 20th century Chinese export ivory card case, carved in high relief with figures amid pavilions and trees, sold for £850, and Lot 10 - a pair of 19th century Chinese moon flasks, decorated in underglaze blue (its panels depicting a sage with a youthful attendant) sold for £550.

Andrew Doubleday, Grantham Saleroom manager said: "During the Asian cultural revolution, many pieces of art were destroyed, consequently Asian people are keen to see items, previously exported, returned to their home of origin. Hence the popularity of these sales."

Three Asian Art Sales are held at the Grantham Saleroom every year. Anyone considering selling any Asian art should bring it along to the Golding Young & Mawer salerooms in Bourne, Grantham or Lincoln any Friday between 10am to 1pm for a free valuation.

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