At the Leonard Joel Classic Furniture, Objects & Collectables auction on Sunday June 1st an important collection of Chinese objects, traversing several private collections, was offered for public auction. Highlights abounded and amongst the standout results was a rare Censor (lot 160) which almost doubled its estimate to sell for $39,040 (IBP).
After fierce room bidding the piece was sold anonymously to an internet bidder. But the hunt for Chinese porcelain of exceptional rarity and condition dominated the Asia section with lot 109, a large Chinese blue and white vase with Ruyi lugs, selling for almost twenty times its pre-sale estimate for $15,860 (IBP). This theme continued with the much admired blue and white brush washer (lot 114) which realised more than ten times its estimate to sell for $11,590 (IBP). John Albrecht, National Head of Collections at Leonard Joel, commented: “We already know the global repatriation of important Chinese art and objects is well underway but when your top seven lots carry a pre-sale estimate of $4,600 and they collectively realise $47,500, you can’t but help continue to be gob-smacked by the passionate bidding that occurs now for pieces of rarity and quality”.
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