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Launched on the back of rising prices for items dubbed ‘Chinese later bronzes’, Chiswick Auctions will hold a dedicated sale on May 24 in west London.

The term refers to pieces created from the Song Dynasty through to the Qing Dynasty and long considered ‘the Cinderella of Chinese Art’.

Included in the sale at £12,000-15,000 is this 12½in (32cm) Chinese gilt-lacquer Laozi and Buffalo incense burner from the Ming Dynasty, above.

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This example of a Chinese Tang Dynasty (c.618-906 AD) ceramic Fat Lady shown above is priced at £7500 from Ancient Art in St James’s, London.

The Fat Lady was a popular figure of the Tang dynasty. Where previously women had been encouraged to be slim and slight, the decadence and prosperity of the dynasty led to more personal indulgence, and the new fashion for a more buxom figure.

This 2ft 3in (70cm) high piece has traces of original pigmentation visible on the dress, face and hair.


This view of Hastings by Lucien Pissarro (1863-1944) belongs to a body of work the painter produced while travelling in southern England during much of the First World War.

The signed 17 x 21in (43 x 53cm) oil on canvas, dated 1918 and titled East Hill and Old Town, Hastings, was last offered at auction in 1972 at Sotheby’s in London.

Consigned from the property of deceased estate, it is estimated at £15,000-20,000 at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on June 6.

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