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Ivory and jade delights of Dales

11 January 2005Written by ATG Reporter

The Orient played a significant part in Tennants’ (Buyers premium 15%) success in the Yorkshire Dales.

Many of the better sellers came from Womersley Hall but there was also a collection of 50 Meiji period ivory okimono and netsuke which totalled more than £20,000.

Other Meiji ivory work included a carved ivory and bronze-mounted heron group and two ivory-framed, two-fold table screens with shibayama inlays.

The 12 3/4in (31.5cm) high group of the heron with an eel in its beak standing by a terrapin on a base of burr elm, went to the London trade above hopes at £3600.

Both the screens were in "fabulous" condition said auctioneer Adam Schoon and were London trade buys. The first 11in high by 12in wide overall (27.5 x 30cm), was decorated in mother-of-pearl, coral and tortoiseshell, with birds to the front and flowers to the back panels, and made £4000 against a top estimate of £1200. The second, 12in high by 16in wide overall (30.5 x 41cm) was decorated with a woman and child paddling in a stream and with three men boiling a pot of water. The back panels depicted a nocturnal view of seven egrets. Estimated at up to £2000 it sold at £7200.

A lovely little piece of Chinese jade found gathering dust in an old display cabinet at Womersley Hall was a 2 1/2in (6cm) model of a duck. Mr Schoon was loath to give a specific date to it - such pieces were produced from late Ming times to the late 19th century - but it did, he said, give off "good vibes". Nevertheless, he opted for a "here-to-sell' estimate of £120-180.

The offer was taken up and the duck finally went to the London trade, on the strength of a photograph and condition report, at £3000.

In the same section, and also from Womersley Hall, was a set of six watercolour and gouache landscapes of Oriental landscapes with figures, pavilions and harbours. Their shape, at 12 1/4in wide by 3ft 8 1/2in tall, was unusual and their origin obscure, but they were catalogued as 19th century Portuguese colonial and some thought they were from Macao. Certainly they had a quality better than the non-committal estimate of £800-1200 suggested, and they went to the London trade at £4500.

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