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
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
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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