Another imperial Chinese sleeper has awoken in West Sussex.
In the wake of a pair of moon flasks that sold for £760,000 at
Henry Adams of Chichester in July, the closing lot of the first day
of Bellmans' October 10-12 sale was this Chinese gilt bronze temple
bell and stand.
Unknown to the Billingshurst, West Sussex auctioneers - who had
estimated it at a mere £100-150 - they were offering a Qianlong
(1736-1795) mark and period bell cast with imperial dragons
clasping flaming pearls in its original carved hardwood
Underbid by a London dealer, it sold on the telephone to a buyer
wishing to remain anonymous for £400,000 (plus 20 per cent buyer's
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