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More Lowestoft at Keys includes rare inkwell

06 May 2019

Keys’ fine sale on July 24-26 will include more examples of porcelain from the local Lowestoft factory.

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Dearth of dedicated sales but rich pickings still emerge at multi-discipline auctions

06 May 2019

While dedicated sales of English and Continental ceramics are rarer beasts in the saleroom calendar these days, the traditional mixed-discipline regional sales are a repository for plenty of material from the main factories of the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Kangxi famille verte vase offered at Halls

06 May 2019

Halls’ Country House & Asian Art sale in Shrewsbury on May 15 will include a 21in (54cm) Kangxi famille verte vase decorated with a panorama of Asiatic birds, butterflies and dragonflies.

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Lyon & Turnbull offer illustrations commissioned by missionary in Shanghai

06 May 2019

James Ware (1859-1913), a merchant navy captain, turned to missionary work following his arrival in Shanghai.

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Bridgin name adds appeal to Caughley jug at Woolley & Wallis

06 May 2019

A good example of the attraction of a dated and named inscription was evident at Woolley & Wallis’ (25% buyer’s premium) recent ceramics auction in Salisbury.

Volume of UK sales of Asian art remains healthy

06 May 2019

Supplying the market with the fresh, quality material that chimes with current collecting preferences is a continuing challenge for auctioneers working in the Asian art sector.

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Paris springs into Asian action with 10-days of auctions, exhibitions and events

06 May 2019

Further proof of the success of the dedicated dealer and auction house initiatives promoting Asian art and expertise in Western capitals comes next month in Paris.

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Huthart collection of netsuke offered at Bonhams

06 May 2019

Robert S Huthart, the Newcastle-born manager of the Hong Kong department store conglomerate Lane Crawford, was first introduced to netsuke on a visit to Tokyo when he was given of a copy of 'The Wonderful World of Netsuke' by Raymond Bushell.

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Early Chelsea porcelain continues to attract bidders

06 May 2019

A matched pair of Chelsea mugs cropped up in an Andrew Smith’s (21% buyer’s premium) sale in Hampshire.

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East India Company captain's Chinese export charger appears at Sworders

06 May 2019

This Chinese export charger, measuring 15in (40cm), is one of two from the service made for Captain Matthew Martin, captain of the 32-gun East Indiaman Marlborough.

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Skidmore collection at Henry Aldridge features Chinese export silver

06 May 2019

Henry Aldridge & Son will offer items from the Skidmore collection at its May 18 sale – including these pieces of late 19th century Chinese ‘export’ silver.

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Asian source consigns Qianlong throne to Christie’s

06 May 2019

This 3ft 10in (1.15m) wide Qianlong (1736-95) three-colour lacquer throne merits a catalogue of its own and an £800,000-1.2m estimate at Christie’s in London on May 14.

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Dreweatts to offer Xuande bronze ‘dragon’ censer

06 May 2019

At Donnington Priory on May 23, Dreweatts will hold a sale of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art where this 17th or 18th century bronze ‘dragon’ censer and original stand, with Xuande four-character mark, is pitched at £8000-12,000.

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Abolitionist mug draws interest at Lawrences

06 May 2019

Opening the antique ceramics section of Lawrences’ (25% buyer’s premium) four-day sale in Crewkerne was the William Farrar Jackson collection of commemorative English pottery.

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Worcester dishes produce blinding result at Dreweatts

06 May 2019

A pair of Worcester dishes of so-called ‘Blind Earl’ form was a best-seller in the ceramics section that opened Dreweatts’ (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) spring sale.

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'Scholar’s Treasures' at Chiswick Auctions includes Qing carved wood displays

06 May 2019

Chiswick Auctions’ May 20 sale in west London titled 'Wood Speaks: From Chinese furniture to Scholar’s Treasures' includes a collection of 200 Qing dynasty carved wood displays.

Entreprenuer Algy Cluff.

Man who also explores old worlds: Former army officer and oil and mining business supremo describes his collecting tastes

06 May 2019

In the latest of our occasional series of collector interviews, we talk to entrepreneur Algy Cluff.

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Bonhams glass and ceramics specialist John Sandon looks back at his life in auctions

06 May 2019

In today’s world when employment fluidity is the norm, it is rare to find someone who had been in the same job and place all their working life. But when he hung up his hat last week from his role as international director of glass and British ceramics at Bonhams, John Sandon had clocked up almost 44 years, man and boy, in the same saddle.

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Bellmans offer 18th century Canton plaque in West Sussex

06 May 2019

The May 14-16 Interiors series at Bellmans of Wisborough Green, West Sussex, features a substantial Asian section.

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A grand Chinese view and at Japanese teabowl stand emerge at Woolley & Wallis

06 May 2019

On May 21 Woolley & Wallis of Salisbury will offer 'The Grand View of Chao Mountain' by Zhang Da Qian (1899-1983) estimated at £100,000-150,000 as part of its sale of Chinese paintings and works of art.

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