Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Bonhams and Chiswick Auctions from London are joined by Woolley & Wallis previewing its Salisbury sale with a viewing at its London office, and Edinburgh’s Lyon & Turnbull which is holding a London sale.
Putting on previews of selected works from their forthcoming Asian sales are Nagel (Stuttgart), Lempertz (Cologne) and Bruun Raasmussen (Copenhagen), while One East Larasati (Singapore) will hold a London sale during AAL.
Further details on asianartinlondon.com and in the AAL handbook.
Bonhams Bond Street – November 6-9
Bonhams has no fewer than four auctions during AAL: three in its Bond Street rooms devoted to Chinese works of art, Japanese art and the Misumi Collection of Japanese works plus a two-day auction in its Knightsbridge rooms.
Chinese hardwood furniture, currently a bullish market sector, is a strength of the Bond Street Chinese sale on November 9, where one of the highlights is this pair of Ming dynasty (16th-17th century) Huanghauli cabinets. Standing just over 6ft 2in (1.9m) high, they feature well-figured, book-matched, panelled doors and retain their original lacquer coating to the backs. They are estimated at £200,000-300,000.
Sotheby’s – November 8 & 10
It is a two-sale tally for Sotheby’s, with a select sale of Important Chinese Art on November 8 joined by a second, bigger and broader-based auction two days later in its St George Street Gallery.
Among the star turns at the first of these events is a rare pair of Yongzheng mark and period famille-rose ‘Sanduo’ cups, ex the Edward T Chow collection (estimate £1.2-1.8m), and this Qianlong mark and period lotus vase, formerly in the Robert Chang collection.
The 13½in (34.5cm) high white glazed vase is relief carved with sprays of lotus blooms and leaves, and belongs to a particular group of wares known as fang Ding yao (in imitation of ding ware) inspired by the famous Song Dynasty ceramics of that type.
It is estimated at £400,000-600,000.
Lyon & Turnbull – November 8
Lyon & Turnbull will be holding a sale on November 8 at the Hellenic Centre in London with previews at its Connaught Street office.
Among the sale highlights will be this Qing dynasty reverse glass portrait of a young woman (perhaps the Fragrant Concubine of Emperor Qianlong) dressed as a shepherdess, which is based on an oil painting attributed to Guiseppe Castiglione.
The portrait, which is contained in a later giltwood frame, is part of a 22-lot group collected by a Scottish businessman while working in Hong Kong in the 1950s and ‘60s and is estimated at £8000-12,000.
Woolley & Wallis – November 14-15
Woolley & Wallis will have a four-day viewing in its London office in Clifford Street for highlights of the November 14 sale to be held in Salisbury.
Among the pieces on show in the West End will be this 13in (33cm) high Chinese imperial pale blue-ground ru-type archaistic vase of flared ovoid form with a six-character Yongzheng mark and of the period (1723-35).
It has a provenance to a Scottish private collection, was acquired in the early 20th century and is estimated at £30,000-50,000.
Nagel – December 6-7
Among the overseas auction houses putting on previews in London during AAL with a view to attracting potential custom to its forthcoming Asian auctions is Nagel.
The Stuttgart firm will be displaying a selection of works in the Westbury Hotel that are coming up for sale in its next main Asian auction in Salzburg on December 6. They include this pair of Imperial Qing dynasty, Qianlong period, silver ‘Taotie’ mask handles which are estimated at €50,000-80,000.