A COLLECTION of rare Asian ceramics originally acquired in Derbyshire in 1972 made its way across the Atlantic and was sold at Kaminski Auctions of Beverly, Massachusetts, on January 15.
The Travis Brock Collection of Monochrome Ceramics (Maryland) brought in bidders from all over the world. Fifteen of the 20 top prices achieved in the sale overall were porcelains from that group and all sold above estimate.
A rare Chinese lime green vase measuring 8in (20cm) high (pictured above left) was the top lot of the auction. On its original 18th century wood stand, the vase was a globular form that rose to a slightly flared columnar neck, and had the Yongzheng period (1723-35) six-character mark within double circles in blue on the base. It was hammered down at $70,000/£56,900 (estimate $8000-12,000) plus buyer’s premium.
Kaminski Asian specialist Bob Yang said: “The lustrous enamel of a bright lime-green colour was what made the piece so rare and desirable.”
A “very fine” 10½in (26.5cm) tall Chinese sang-de-boeuf Yuhuchun vase of pearshaped form covered in a deep red sang-de-boeuf glaze with the Qianlong mark on the base (above right) sold for $15,000/£12,200 (estimate $4000-6000).
Another fine Chinese Langyao vase with a tapering body rising to a round shoulder with a slightly flared rim and a lustrous red glaze at the mouth, pooling to a deeper tone at the foot and the Kangxi seal on the bottom, sold for $9500/£7700 (estimate $3000-4000).