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April 2013 Fine Sale Ceramics Auction Preview

Nic Saintey, Head of the Ceramics Department, previews the ceramics being offered in the next two day Fine Art Auction on 24th/25th April 2013, which is being held in Exeter. The ceramics on offer are wide-ranging and promise an exciting sale.

A Pair of Large Canton Famille Rose Porcelain Vases (FS18/492) that are being offered in the Ceramics section of our two
        day Fine Sale on 24th/25th April 2013.

A Pair of Large Canton Famille Rose Porcelain Vases (FS18/492) that are being offered in the Ceramics section of our two day Fine Sale on 24th/25th April 2013.

The ceramics section in the forthcoming Fine Sale has something of a déjà vu element about it after selling a pair of Cantonese vases in January 2013 for £21,000 (FS17/525) another pair have appeared (FS18/492) though similarly decorated they are 20cm shorter, but still a princely 78cm high.

Healthy bidding is expected for this Gangxu (1874-1908) mark and period Fanghu vase (FS18/483).

Healthy bidding is expected for this Gangxu (1874-1908) mark and period Fanghu vase (FS18/483).

Another Chinese vase that ought to attract healthy bidding is a Gangxu (1874-1908) mark and period Fanghu vase (FS18/483). This form of vase was awarded to individuals as a mark of special merit.

A pair of Japanese Arita Dogs are flying the flag for Japanese ceramics in this sale (FS18/497).

A pair of Japanese Arita Dogs are helping to fly the flag for Japanese ceramics in this sale (FS18/497).

A Satsuma earthenware box and cover painted by Sobei Kinkozan (FS18/498), estimated
        at between £700 and £800, adds to the Japanese ceramics on offer in the April 2013
        Fine Art Auction.

A Satsuma earthenware box and cover painted by Sobei Kinkozan (FS18/498), estimated at between £700 and £800, adds to the Japanese ceramics on offer in the April 2013 Fine Art Auction.

However, lest you think that all the Oriental interest is generated by China, there are a lovely pair of Arita porcelain hounds (FS18/497) and an exquisitely decorated Satsuma earthenware box and cover painted by Sobei Kinkozan (FS18/498) that are flying the flag for Japan.

Is the trainer in this Staffordshire Pearlware Performing Bear Group (FS18/508)
        holding a club, bone or musical instrument?

Is the trainer in this Staffordshire Pearlware Performing Bear Group (FS18/508) holding a club, bone or musical instrument?

A reminder of how our predecessors entertained themselves on high days and holidays comes in the form of a Staffordshire performing bear group (FS18/508) modelled as a travelling entertainer in Turkish garb with a bear on a leash with a dog at foot in case things got out of hand. I can't work out whether the trainer has a club, bone or musical instrument in his right hand – what do you think?

This Bideford (North Devon) Pottery Documentary Harvest Jug (FS18/507) has been consigned to
        the Ceramics section of the Fine Art Auction by the family for whom it was made in 1855.

This Bideford (North Devon) Pottery Documentary Harvest Jug (FS18/507) has been consigned to the Ceramics section of the Fine Art Auction by the family for whom it was made in 1855.

Much closer to home is a glorious North Devon pottery harvest jug (FS18/507) that has nearly everything one could ask for - a galleon in full sail amongst a sea of fish, a mariner's compass, sun, moon and stars, a name, date and a mention of Bideford - all that and consigned by the family for whom it was made.

A matched pair of early Bow Porcelain Figures of fishsellers carry an estimate of between £2,000 and £3,000 (FS18/548).

A matched pair of early Bow Porcelain Figures of fishsellers carry an estimate of between £2,000 and £3,000 (FS18/548).

A Wedgwood black basalt oval plaque of King James II crowned by Peace and Justice
        (FS18/516) is a good example of 18th century Wedgwood jasperware and basalt ceramics included in the sale.

A Wedgwood black basalt oval plaque of King James II crowned by Peace and Justice (FS18/516) is a good example of 18th century Wedgwood jasperware and basalt ceramics included in the sale.

If your prefer something a little less rustic and altogether more refined then there are two Bow porcelain figures of fish sellers (FS18/548) dating from 1755-62 on charming square shell encrusted bases or any number of good 18th century Wedgwood jasperware and basalt pieces that include a crisply modelled plaque of King James II crowned by Peace and Justice (FS18/516) and a large Pegasus vase and cover (FS18/510).

A large Wedgwood Pegasus vase and cover (FS18/510) is also included in the Ceramics section of the Spring Fine Sale.

A large Wedgwood Pegasus vase and cover (FS18/510) is also included in the Ceramics section of the Spring 2013 Fine Sale.

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  • Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood
  • Fine Art Auction
  • Porcelain Auctions
  • Bow Porcelain

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