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The McAlpine-Woods Collection

12 Lot Collection

The McAlpine Woods Collection consists of silver and works of art collected in the Far East in the 1920s and 1930s.

Chinese Interior Painted Glass Pendant Ornaments

Chinese Interior Painted Glass Pendant Ornaments

Roland and Gertrude McAlpine Woods travelled extensively in the Far East in the 1920s and 1930s.

On many of their journeys, they visited places few Europeans had been to and on one occasion they were the first ‘travellers’ from the West to visit Yunnan province in China. People travelling for the sake of travelling were largely unknown at that point and in that place.

Mr and Mrs McAlpine Woods retired to East Devon.

Sale Information

FS27: Two Day Fine Art Sale
Tuesday, 14th July 2015
Wednesday, 15th July 2015

Okehampton Street, Exeter

Lots from the Collection

Lot FS27/73

Lot FS27/73: A Chinese Silver Presentation Snuff Box by Khecheong, Canton

A Chinese silver presentation snuff box by Khecheong, Canton inscribed, decorated overall with figures in rural landscapes, 7cm wide, 4.23ozs.

Estimate: £250 - £350
Realised: £620
Lot FS27/516

Lot FS27/516: A Chinese Bamboo Opium Pipe

A Chinese bamboo opium pipe with ivory end and mouthpiece, the white metal, copper and brass mount set with one faceted and four cabochon stone and glass beads, the hexagonal ceramic bowl carved to the underside with symbols, 63cm long; together with a glass and metal opium lamp, 9cm high (2).

Estimate: £250 - £350
Realised: £400
Lot FS27/517

Lot FS27/517: A Group of Four Chinese Interior Painted Glass Pendant Ornaments

A group of four Chinese interior painted glass pendant ornaments hung from two tasselled silk cords, one pair painted with black and red carp swimming amongst water plants, the other with lake landscapes, each 4cm diameter.

Estimate: £100 - £200
Realised: £90
Lot FS27/518

Lot FS27/518: A Chinese Silk Embroidered Robe, Two Skirts and A Pair of Shoes

A Chinese silk embroidered robe, two skirts and a pair of shoes the robe with panels of exotic birds and symbols on a black ground, two pleated skirts embroidered with brightly coloured flowers and butterflies, together with a pair of silk embroidered binding shoes [a lot].

Estimate: £80 - £120
Realised: £400
Lot FS27/532

Lot FS27/532: A Pair of Chinese Ivory Small Puzzle Balls and A Similar Pendant in the Form of A Pierced Box

A pair of Chinese ivory small puzzle balls and a similar pendant in the form of a pierced box the puzzle balls carved and pierced with foliage, each 5cm high, joined with a tasselled cord; the ivory square pendant with pieced pagoda landscapes to each side, 2cm and with hardstone bead (2)Provenance: Mr and Mrs McAlpine Woods.

Estimate: £100 - £150
Realised: £400
Lot FS27/533

Lot FS27/533: A Group of Chinese Ivory and Bone Items

A group of Chinese ivory and bone items including an abacus, 8 x 4 cm; a brush rest engraved with a kylin and an inscription, 14 x 3.5 cm; a cylindrical box and cover, 7cm high; a ring, mahjong betting sticks etc [a lot]. Provenance: Mr and Mrs McAlpine Woods.

Estimate: £80 - £100
Realised: £50
Lot FS27/538

Lot FS27/538: A Chinese Carved Inkstone

A Chinese carved inkstone of arched rectangular form, the underside carved with an inscription which, according to a translation on notepaper from the Gloucester Hotel, Hong Kong dated 1/1/37 and signed W Schofield, reads 'Kiang Chien Chi, whose post-....... name was Te T'ung, & his second name T'ung Shu, a man of the capital city of Kiang [probably Nanking], was the eldest son of [Kiang] Tai Shau. He rose to the [literary] degree of ..... & held office as Imperial Censor. by heredity versed in ancient script, bronzes, stone & bamboo objects, during his leisure he would diligently collect, criticise & study them. Accordingly in the 57th year of K'ien Lung, in the frosty month [November 1793] this beautiful stone proclaims & transmits his marvellous skill for a thousand centuries' 9 x 3.5cm, with hardwood stand and cover.

Estimate: £300 - £400
Realised: £450
Lot FS27/539

Lot FS27/539: A Chinese Mandarin's Court Amber and Jadeite Necklace

A Chinese Mandarin's Court amber and jadeite necklace with one hundred and eight amber beads divided by four larger jadeite beads, one hung with a flattened jadeite pendant and a gilt-metal mounted drop pendant, probably late Qing Dynasty [re-strung].

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000
Realised: £3,600
Lot FS27/540

Lot FS27/540: A Chinese Lavender Jadeite Small Bangle or Ring and A Celadon and Russet Jadeite Bangle

A Chinese lavender jadeite small bangle or ring and a celadon and russet jadeite bangle the first 7cm diameter, the second 8.5cm diameter (2).

Estimate: £600 - £800
Realised: £1,550
Lot FS27/541

Lot FS27/541: A Chinese Jadeite Plaque

A Chinese jadeite plaque of ruyi-head form, one side engraved with a bat, fruit and lingzhi, the other with a flower spray, the stone of mottled green, celadon and russet colour, 8 x 9.5 cm.

Estimate: £150 - £250
Realised: £900
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