ALL things Asian were in the spotlight in London last week as the capital celebrated Asian Art in London, with a raft of dealers' shows and specialist auctions.
Topping the auction bill was this 19½in (50cm) high Qianlong
seal mark famille rose Imperial vase decorated with chrysanthemum
blossoms on a pale turquoise ground, which sold for £8m (plus
premium) at Bonhams on November 10.
The vase came from the Matheson family and is thought to have
been acquired in Hong Kong in 1914. It has passed by descent from
JN Robertson, an employee of Jardine Matheson, to his son Sidney
Robertson Roger, thence to his son's widow, whose executors
consigned it to Bonhams.
The vase, which had an estimate on request of £5m-8m, was
contested by three phone bidders.
Bidding opened at £2m with a contest between two phones manned
by Julian King, Bonhams' head of Chinese ceramics in Hong Kong, and
their Australian Asian specialist, Yvett Klein, who took it past
£7.5m, after which a third bidder came in on the phone of Xibo
Wang, Bonhams' Beijing representative, who successfully secured the
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