The latest Asian art sale at Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet was led by this massive 9½in (24.5cm) high Chinese calligrapher’s brush pot dating to the late 18th or early 19th century.
The pot, being held in the picture below by Yexue Li, who works
in Sworders' Asian art department, is made from a single block of
zitan - the rare hardwood largely reserved for use in the Qing
It is intricately carved with dozens of figures in the popular
'hundred boys' subject, a highly auspicious theme in Chinese art
intended to inspire the creation of a large and joyous family.
The piece, apparently used as a doorstop in a Hertfordshire
cottage for over 40 years, was estimated at £20,000-30,000 for the
sale on April 29, but auctioneer and managing director Guy
Schooling said it soon became clear that interest would see it
exceed this sum.
The vendor was present at the auction rooms (choosing to watch
online from the office, rather than in the saleroom itself) to see
it sell to a Chinese buyer in the room at £150,000.
Mr Schooling described it as "a life-changing sum for the
The buyer's premium was 20%.
Above: Yexue Li, who works in Sworders' Asian art
department, holding the Chinese calligrapher's brush pot which took
£150,000 at the Stansted Mountfitchet saleroom.
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