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Imperial blue and white Chinese Yongzheng dish – £100,000 at Hansons in London.

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Second Hansons’ dish hits £100,000

An imperial blue and white Chinese Yongzheng dish has made £100,000 at Hansons’ London saleroom – 12 months after the auction house sold a similar dish.

In September last year, in its Derbyshire saleroom, Hansons offered a dish found in a south Derbyshire kitchen cupboard. It sold for seven times its estimate at £230,000.

Hansons estimated this second dish at £100,000.

Despite being a very similar example, it had a chip on the rim.

The Chinese blue ground reverse and slip decorated floral dish carries the Yongzheng mark of the period 1723-35.

Charles Hanson, owner of Hansons, said the dish sold on September 8 was found recently “languishing on a humble sideboard in a south-west London home along with various 19th century Japanese ceramics”.

He added: “The object had been purchased from a country house sale in the 1920s and the vendor had no idea of its potential value.”

The buyer is believed to be based in China.

Yorkshire auction houses team up

Duggleby Stephenson, a joint venture between Scarborough’s David Duggleby and Boulton & Cooper Stephensons, is opening a new saleroom at the York Auction Centre.

The facility will be open for consignments from September 17 and its first sale is scheduled for October. It is purpose-built, allowing viewing from across the saleroom and a separate bidding room.

Auctioneer and fine arts expert William Duggleby will manage the saleroom in York with Rodney Cordingley.

The original David Duggleby business, based in Scarborough, will maintain its existing saleroom and Boulton & Cooper Stephensons of Malton and York will continue to run its separate operations.

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Conference to stage event in Shanghai

The Art Business Conference (ABC) has announced it is expanding to China. It has teamed up with digital art media group YT Media to co-host The Art Business Conference Asia in Shanghai on November 9.


Georgina Adam, chairwoman of ABC, Louise Hamlin, founder of ABC, and Luyang Jiang Hildebrandt, managing partner of YT Media.

Louise Hamlin, the founder of ABC, launched in London in 2014 and started a New York edition in 2017. She said: “As the conference grows, the next step for us is to launch in Asia, with some of the fastest growing and most dynamic art markets in the world.”

London Old Master highlights revealed

Sotheby’s and Christie’s have released details of consignments they will be offering during the week of Old Master sales in London in December.

Christie’s is staging a stand-alone sale of works from Rugby School on December 4. It has consigned 200 lots which are expected to raise around £3m. The school said it had decided to sell items that are “not intrinsic” to its history after receiving advice about the cost and expertise of preserving, insuring and storing the collection.

The highlight is a rare black chalk study by Lucas van Leyden (c.1494-1533), thought to be last drawing by the artist outside a museum, which is estimated in the region of £1.5m. It is believed to have come to the school from Matthew Holbeche Bloxam (1805-88), the nephew of painter Sir Thomas Lawrence who was also an alumnus of Rugby.


Black chalk study by Lucas van Leyden estimated in the region of £1.5m at Christie’s.

The following day, Sotheby’s will offer two royal portraits by Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599- 1641) – one of the future King Charles II, aged 11 and (estimated at £2m-3m), and the other of his sister Mary aged nine (est imated at £600,000-800,000).

Both works were sold by Christie’s in 1904 when they were catalogued as by van Dyck’s contemporary Daniel Mytens (c.1590-1647), with the portrait of the Prince of Wales making 460 guineas and the portrait of the Princess Royal selling for 510 guineas. The former has since been attributed to van Dyck since at least the mid-1950s.

Dealership Agnews sold the works to the family of the present owner and they have been passed down by inheritance.


The Prince of Wales by Sir Anthony van Dyck, guided at £600,000- 800,000 at Sotheby’s.

In Numbers


The hammer total of the sale of the collection of Sir Edward du Cann at Duke’s in Dorchester. Du Cann was an MP for 31 years and the longest-serving chairman of the powerful 1922 Committee, which played a key role in Margaret Thatcher’s rise to power in 1979. Among the lots was a maquette of the Sir Winston Churchill statue in Parliament Square (sold for £78,000) and a copy of the maquette of Margaret Thatcher for the House of Commons statue (£24,000).