Published 28th April 2014
There is a broad spectrum of lots included in the Works of Art Auction in our Spring 2014 Fine Sale, spanning all parts of the world. Bronze, jade, ivory, stone and wood are all included in this section of the sale.
One of the most stunning lots in the sale is a Chinese jade and silver mounted hand mirror (FS22/713), the jade panel and handle decorated with dragons and flowers. The estimate is £4000-£6,000.
Along with the jade belt hooks, pendants, discs, and boxes is a Macao export ivory chess set (FS22/762). One side stained red and representing Europeans, the other side unstained and representing the Chinese. The ivory chess set comes with a lacquered folding chess board with backgammon board to the interior. It is hoped that this chess set will realise in excess of £1,200.
For people interested in fashion, there is a wonderful collection of 18th and 19th century cut steel jewellery (FS22/751) including buckles, pendants, brooches, purses and buttons. The entire collection is being sold as one lot with an estimate of £500-£600.
Also included in the fashion accessories is a collection of fans which range in date from the 18th century through to the late 19th century. There are examples of ivory brise fans from Canton as well as European ivory and paper fans.
There is a 19th century Chinese brise fan (FS22/693) on offer, estimated at £400-£500, whilst in contrast a 19th century French fan (FS22/642), contained in a glazed display case, is expected to realise £300-£400.
For pure novelty, there is a Chinese paper and card sectional stacking table top box (FS22/674). Formed to look like a pagoda, the box breaks down into several tiers, each containing numerous drawers and lidded compartments. A great deal of interest has already been shown in this lot and it is hoped to exceed the top estimate of £600.
A Chinese gilt copper tripod incense burner and cover (FS22/688) is just a delight in pure craftsmanship, having a lion finial and intricate panels decorated with insects amongst flowering shrubs and flowers. It is only 13cm high, but it is expected to fetch four figures.
Returning to Europe, there are two bronze figures in the sale by Peter Tereszczuk (1875-1963). One is a study of a woman playing the mandolin (FS22/784), the other is of a woman wearing a bonnet (FS22/781), both bear estimates of between £300-£500.