A group of five carved jade plaques – Aus$55,000 (£29,100) at Bonhams in Sydney.

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The 73-lot auction raised a premium-inclusive total of Aus$470,000, with 96% sold by lot.

Topping the bill at multi-estimate prices were two lots that came from the collection of Dr TF Yeung, a Hong Kong-based ENT specialist who retired to Sydney in 1999. His collection of Chinese paintings and calligraphy was sold by Bonhams last year.

A group of five white jade pendant plaques, each around 2in (5cm) across and dated to the 19th century and later, was estimated at Aus$1000-2000. Instead it prompted a phone bidding battle which sent the final hammer price to Aus$55,000 (£29,100) at the auction on May 13.


A Republic porcelain plaque by Liu Xiren – Aus$22,000 (£11,640) at Bonhams in Sydney.

The paraphernalia of the Qing court remains very much to current Chinese taste – so too does good Republican-era porcelain.

A 15 x 10in (40 x 26cm) porcelain plaque painted with two figures by Liu Xiren (1906-67), one of the leading artists of the period who was best known for his figure study subjects, made the second highest price of the day.

The plaque, which was estimated at Aus$2000-3000, ended up selling for Aus$22,000 (£11,640).

The typical 19th century Chinese export silver tankard and cup with marks for the retailer Wang Hing, which were part of the Grice Collection in this auction previewed in ATG No 2440, sold for Aus$2500 (£1320).

£1 = Aus$1.98