The best Chinese works of art continue to prosper in the salerooms.
On March 18 a Qianlong white jade marriage
bowl from the collection of the late Commander Paul Bridgeman
(1888-1930) of Dowdeswell Manor, near Cheltenham, sold at
Chorley's of Prinknash Abbey, Gloucestershire, for £260,000
(plus 17.5/15% buyer's premium). It will now be returning to
The 11in (27cm) bowl, with ring
handles suspended from auspicious phoenix masks, is of a type
popular at the Imperial Qing court and carved in a pale celadon
stone prized by the market today. It has two very small
The bulk of the Bridgeman collection,
sourced from the best London dealers of the late 19th and early
20th century, was destroyed by fire at the Pantechnicon in London
on October 8, 1939.
This piece, with a Bluett & Sons
label to its underside, was one of 11 lots in the sale representing
the last holdings of the family. The estimate was
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