Summer 2018 Fine Art Review

Published 17th July 2018

A Large Chinese Yellow Ground 'Dragon' Charger with Chuxiugong Mark (FS39/437) sold
        for £29,000.

A Large Chinese Yellow Ground 'Dragon' Charger with Chuxiugong Mark (FS39/437) sold for £29,000.

There was a lot of excitement from the auction room, the Internet and the telephone bidders when lot 437 came under the hammer in the recent Fine Art Auction on 10th/11th July 2018.

This was for the large Chinese yellow ground dragon charger with Chuxiugong mark (FS39/437), incised and painted in green, white and aubergine with two five clawed dragons chasing a flaming pearl amongst cloud scrolls and flames within a central medallion. With thirteen telephone lines booked enthusiasm and excitement rose, as the bidding rose beyond expectations resulting in a final hammer price of £29,000.

Also fiercely contested for was the William and Mary walnut veneer and feather banded bureau cabinet (FS39/783), which realised £24,500.

A rare Chinese cloisonné enamel and gilt bronze tripod censer from the Ming Dynasty (FS39/607) also exceeded expectations. The censer had been purchased at a house sale in Devon in the 1960s for a modest sum. It was used as a plant pot for several years, but after being itemised in a late 1970s insurance valuation, it was 'upgraded' to a desk tidy for paper clips and pens and thankfully so, as the huge interest in the lot led to a hammer price of £23,000.

Sir Alfred James Munnings (1878–1959) Children Playing Bagatelle (FS39/316), a watercolour, heightened with white, sold for £10,000 and an Art Deco style diamond solitaire ring (FS39/245), the centre stone estimated to weigh 2.55cts, sold for £5,500.

A rare pair of Charles Gouyn, St James's factory Girl-In-A-Swing tea canisters and covers (FS39/532) also sold well at £9,200.

Other highlights included a Christopher Dresser (1834–1904) silver plate tureen, cover and ladle, manufactured by Hukin & Heath which sold for £4,000 and a diamond solitaire ring, the diamond estimated to weigh 2.20cts, which realised £4,600.

Entries are currently invited for the next Quarterly Fine Art Sale to be held on 9th/10th October 2018.


  • Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood
  • Fine Art Auctions
  • Sir Alfred James Munnings (1878–1959)
  • Charles Gouyn
  • Christopher Dresser (1834–1904)

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