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A private collection of more than 30 Chinese handscrolls and hanging scrolls star at Roseberys on June 27 in West Norwood, London.

Included among the group is a 19th century mounted silk scroll painted with a bird perched on a blossoming branch by Ren Yi (1840-94), the son of a rice merchant who supplemented his income by painting. The 10in (26cm) in diameter work is signed with the artist’s seal and is dated to the spring of 1891.

Estimate £3000-5000.


Among the furniture at Bellmans’ Sussex sale on May 9 is a pair of 19th century Chinese carved Hongmu (rosewood) tripod occasional tables inset with famille-rose porcelain panels.

Each of the circular panels is painted with a dignitary seated in a pavilion surrounded by attendants and watching performers.

Measuring 2ft 8in (81cm) high, the tables have a moulded and pierced frieze and a floral carved gadrooned support on a tripod base with patera carved knees and claw and ball feet.

Estimate £3000-5000.


A Country Life article published in 1910 on Glemham Hall in Suffolk captured this large 18th century Chinese export lacquer six-fold screen in photos taken of the house’s interiors. One of a pair, the screens were described at the time as having originally belonged to Elihu Yale, the America-born British merchant who founded the Connecticut university.

Painted in gilt on a black ground, the 8ft 8in x 17in (2.64m x 43.5cm) panels feature figures pursuing everyday activities among the garden pavilions and landscapes. The reverse is decorated with scenes of tiger hunting in mountainous landscapes.

The screen is estimated at £2000-4000 in Sworders’ May 9 sale in Stansted Mountfitchet.


Estimated at £2000-3000, ascarce Cape of Good Hope Chinese export dish (c.1740) is for sale at Hannam’s on May 4-5 in Selborne, Hampshire.

The large 10in (25cm) wide piece is painted with the floating Dutch fleet at anchor in Table Mountain Bay, off the city of Cape Town in South Africa.

A familiar sight to both Portuguese and Dutch traders, the bay was the resting point midway in the six-month trip between Europe and Canton. The Dutch fleet took control of the territory in 1652.