GUERNSEY auctioneers Martel Maides look set to become the latest UK regional firm to benefit from the rise and rise of Chinese mark and period porcelain after three Yongzheng period (1723-1735) famille rose bowls were consigned by a Channel Islands family who have owned them for at least 80 years.
A pair of 4 3/4in (12cm) bowls, one of which is pictured here, each with a six character mark to the base, share their rare decoration with a single bowl, formerly in the Robert Chang Collection, sold at Christie's Hong Kong in November 2006 for a premium inclusive HK$5,496,000 (then $710,188). An estimate is available on request.
Another single 4in (10cm) bowl is enamelled with Shou Lao, the Daoist god of longevity, riding a stag accompanied by Lan Caihe, one of the Eight Immortals, a subject more often found on late Kangxi wares. It again bears Yongzheng marks to the base. The estimate is a modest £10,000-15,000.
The bowls can be viewed (by appointment only) at Dix Noonan Webb of Bolton Street, London W1J, from November 2-6 before being sold at Martel Maides in St Peter Port, Guernsey, on November 26.