Orient Excess

23rd May 2017

The Grantham Auction Rooms are delighted to showcase another Asian Art Sale on Wednesday, 7th June at 7pm.

A tremendous mix of items can be found, with several hundred lots and counting.

The illustrated bowl comes early in the sale and quickly shows what this sale is all about. Imperial quality, of age and enamel finished to the highest standard. A Chinese gem of a piece which takes up no room, looks like it could’ve been made yesterday (but certainly wasn’t!), is useful, small and of good colour and style.

Thumbnail _lot 3009 A Chinese porcelain bowl

The theme of high quality is mirrored in the varied mix of items: a large rug section, a small but diverse ivory collection, good porcelain encompassing the major dynasties, a handy selection of pictures and other objects from tribal face masks to Indian bronze and good early rice paper drawings.

There is a range of the more quirky, headed by a Japanese bronze helmet, probably Edo period (circa 1720) with elaborate edge decoration, is certainly a talking point as is the selection of wooden dragon figures, a samurai sword and the ivory pagoda group.

Thumbnail _lot 3035

It’s all here on Wednesday 7th June with viewing on Tuesday June 6th 10am – 4pm, from 8:30am – 10am and from 5:30pm – 7pm on saleday.

Earlier on in the same day is the Collective Sale with similar themes to the Asian extravaganza later on. Choice and quality are here in bucket load and there is the usual mix of antique to modern household effects; a good private consignment of Georgian furniture in top condition from kneehole desks to birdcage tripod tables, a pottery collection of 19thCentury wares and more modern effects, figures and services, a small picture section with its usual array of gems headed by a fabulous farmyard scene, bygones, postcards and medals to interest many collectors and a good selection of coins.

A piece to epitomize the quality is lot 18, the silver cup and cover.

Thumbnail _lot 18 (1) Silver Cup and Cover

Brought in from an exceptional local address, it is new to the market, of good quality and is very early. If ever there was a scholar’s piece, this is it. The acanthus and oblong raised drip design to the compressed lid compliments a similar pattern found on the campana shaped body, the scroll and floral work is heavy and deliberate, the lines on the stepped base more subtle; it looks, feels and weighs top quality. Dated to probably 1710 by William Lukin it is made of Britannia silver. It’s an object which has its uses, takes up no room and is of the highest quality. If it doesn’t make £1600 we would be disappointed but it is here for sale.

The Collective Sale is at The Grantham Auction Rooms on Wednesday 7th June at 10am, with viewing Tuesday 6th June 10am – 4pm and on the morning of the sale 8:30am – 10am.

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