Woolley & Wallis – November 13
The dynamic struggle between a tiger and a dragon, depicted on this elegant 15in (27cm) blue and white and underglaze-red vase from the Qianlong (1736-95) period, is an ancient symbol of balance between yin and yang energy.
The provenance of the vase can be traced to the collection of William Wilberforce Winkworth, and it was offered at Sotheby’s in London in December 1972, and later sold by Bluett & Son in 1973 for £2950.
It will be included in the November 13 sale at Woolley & Wallis of Salisbury with an estimate of £10,000-20,000.
Toovey’s – November 29
Members of the Association of Accredited Auctioneers – a group of leading regional fine art auctioneers – will be at the Bowman Sculpture gallery in St James’s on the afternoon of Sunday, November 4, to show highlights from forthcoming sales. The six auction houses taking part in the viewing and drinks event are Toovey’s (Washington, West Sussex), Halls (Shrewsbury), Ewbank’s (Send, Surrey), Cheffins (Cambridge), Chorley’s (Prinknash Abbey, Gloucestershire) and Forum Auctions (London). Pictured here are a pair of large Kangxi famille verte export porcelain circular dishes, 15in (37cm) diameter, estimated at £5000-8000 by Toovey’s. They form part of a single-owner collection of Asian art for sale in Sussex on November 29.
Malcolm Fairley – November 1-9
The exhibition of Japanese works of art at Bury Street, St James’s specialist Malcolm Fairley on November 1-9 includes this gold lacquer suzuribako (writing box) priced at £28,000. Made in the Meiji period, c.1890, it is finely worked with three karako (Chinese boys), one holding a doll, another a tambourine and the other a drum, on a gold lacquer ground worked in taka-maki-e with a pine tree.
Christie’s – November 6
A gilt-bronze figure of Avalokiteshvara from the Soame Jenyns collection is one of the highlights of Christie’s fine Chinese ceramics and works of art sale on November 6.
Incised with six-character mark and of the Xuande (1426-35) period, it measures 10in (26cm) high and is estimated at £150,000-250,000.
Sotheby's – November 7
This 14in (36cm) famille rose ‘one hundred boys’ vase with an iron-red Jiaqing seal mark to the base will be offered at Sotheby’s Chinese art sale on November 7 with an estimate of £150,000-200,000.
The scene depicts a Dragon Festival – a river landscape with numerous boys both watching and sailing on dragon boats. It comes to auction from a private English collection and had previously been purchased at a church bazaar in 1911.
Jorge Welsh – November 3-10
This Chinese porcelain saucer was decorated in Holland with a portrait of William IV, Prince of Orange-Nassau (1711-51).
It celebrates his election as the first hereditary stadtholder of the Seven United Dutch Provinces in 1747 – the image taken from engravings after an original design by Philip van Dijk. It forms part of the selling exhibition titled Through Distant Eyes: Portraiture in Chinese Export Art at Jorge Welsh Works of Art of Kensington Church Street on November 3-10.
Sworders – November 6
Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet has been holding designated biannual sales of Asian Art in May and November for close to a decade. However, the November 6 sale will be the first time the firm has been invited to participate in Asian Art in London.
A solo auction preview is planned in the capital on November 1-2 at the Mayfair office of the specialist jewellery auctioneers Fellows (29 Charles Street, W1).
This 14in (37cm) Qianlong mark and period famille rose vase with chilong handles painted with pheasants amongst peony, prunus, orchid and other flowers is estimated at £15,000-20,000.
Bonhams – November 8
Bonhams’ Bond Street sale on November 8 includes this large 19in (48cm) underglaze blue and iron-red enamel ’nine dragon’ dish estimated at £400,000-600,000. It carries a Qianlong seal mark and is of the period.
The British businessman and Hong Kong politician Sir David Newbigging purchased it c.1960 during a business trip to China. It came from Hong Kong to the UK in 1984 and is consigned from a European private collection.
Fine Art Asia – September 29-October 2
Sue Ollemans Oriental Art
Among the UK-based dealers participating in this year’s Fine Art Asia event in Hong Kong (September 29-October 2) is Chinese and Indian jewellery specialist Sue Ollemans Oriental Art. The gallery will bring this 5in (12cm) 19th century Qing silver-gilt filigree hair pin priced at £1800. Hair ornaments, that first became popular during the Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD), were worn by both men and women to indicate social status and were prescribed by the court.
Cheffins – November 8
The Asian Sale at Cheffins in Cambridge on November 8 includes this 21in (54cm) high bronze bell or yongzhong from the Late Spring and Autumn period (6th and 5th century BC). Estimate £90,000-120,000.
Roseberys – November 12
This Ming dynasty carved cinnabar lacquer ‘lotus’ box and cover, dated to the late 14th or early 15th centuries, 3in (7.5cm) diameter, carries an estimate of £5000-8000 at Roseberys in south London on November 12.
Two boxes of the same form and similar in size were once part of the Qing court collection. One is now housed in the Palace Museum, Beijing, the other in the National Palace Museum, Taipei.
Dreweatts – November 13
On November 13 Dreweatts offers a single-owner collection of bronzes from the Meiji era – more than 70 lots assembled over the last two decades. Estimates range from £300-8000.
This large bronze, 18½in (47cm) high, depicts Ninomiya Kinjiro, a folk hero born into a poor farming family in 1787 who rose into the Samurai class. His life’s journey became associated with the qualities of thrift and diligence and with the introduction of state education in 1872 he was adopted as a model for schoolchildren, with his statue present in many elementary schools. Estimate £2000-3000.
Martindale Chinese Art – November 1-10
William Martindale of Martindale Chinese Art will hold his first Asian Art in London exhibition this year. A display of recent acquisitions on view at Stoppenbach & Delestre in St James’s from November 1-10 will include this 2½in (7cm) wide white and russet pebble jade from the Kangxi period. It depicts a Buddhist lion dog with a joyful expression, shown in a recumbent form with its bushy tail neatly tucked between its hind legs.