THIS late 18th century Chinese export porcelain bowl drew eight bidders at Gorringes' latest sale.
Estimated at £10,000-15,000 for the auction in Lewes, East
Sussex on February 9, six parties on the phone and two in the room
lined up to contest it, but the original bidder on the phone held
out against all competition, seeing off the underbidder, who was
also on the phone, at £58,000 (plus premium).
It was originally brought into Gorringes' front counter by a
local couple along with a selection of other antiques.
It dated from around 1785 and is painted with a continuous scene
of the Hongs or European export factories on the Canton waterfront,
showing the French, Austrian, Swedish, British, Dutch and Danish
buildings all flying their country's flags.
Measuring 14¼in (36cm) diameter, it had undergone restoration to
cover two hairline cracks, but the colours of the enamelled
decoration were bright and the scene was, in the view of one
potential purchaser, very nicely painted.