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Antique Collection of Chinese and Japanese butterflies coming to auction

309Lot 309 an antique collection of Chinese and Japanese butterflies to come to auction March 31 at Coldingham Borders Auctions

An unusual lot of Chinese interest comes to auction on March 31st (Easter Saturday) at Coldingham Borders Auctions in the Scottish Borders. It is an antique collection of Japanese and Chinese butterflies in excellent condition and acquired in China some fifty years ago. Most of the butterflies bear their Formosan names and all are captioned in Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese and English.

309_2 A spokeswoman for the auctioneers said last night, “This is a most unusual collection in absolutely excellent condition. It is difficult to put a value on this Lot because it is so rare but we are expecting bids in the hundreds of pounds after canvassing interest.’

309_3 ‘We have been asked by the same vendor to sell his collection of pottery and porcelain, most of it acquired in the Far East. Although there is nothing particularly rare, there are some attractive enough pieces – Kangxi plates, Guangxu sleeve vases and the usual Canton ware – and there should be no difficulty finding good homes for them.’

The auction takes place in Coldingham Hall on Saturday March 31 at 11a.m. It is broadcast live by EasyliveAuction.com and the catalogue goes up on line at Easylive and at www.coldinghamborders auctions.co.uk on March 21. This is the Borders-based auctioneer’s fourth sale of art, antiques and collectables in nine months after its May 2017 launch.

Link to the original article here.

Interesting private collection of Republic period porcelain features in Chorley’s sale

HR Red crested crane brushpot (4)Red-crested crane brushpot from Chorley’s forthcoming sale     Pic. Chorleys

In recent years, relatively recently-produced Chinese porcelain has started to make waves in the auction rooms. Early 20th century pieces and many of those created right through the Republic period (1912-49) are now just as much in demand as rather earlier pieces.

Cotswold auctioneers Chorley’s forthcoming sale, on Tuesday 20 & Wednesday 21 March, offers an important private collection of Republican era porcelain.  The highlight will be a set of four rectangular porcelain plaques by Bi Botao (1885-1961) representing the four seasons.  Bi Botao was a member of the well-known group ‘The Eight Friends of Zhushan’.  The group comprised the best porcelain artists of the period and revitalised the Chinese porcelain industry after the political unrest in 19th Century China and the subsequent fall of the Qing dynasty.  The plaques, which are delicately painted with frogs, a spider, turtles and a snake respectively, estimate £18,000 – £22,000 They were acquired by avid collector Peter Wain.

Chicken cup is far from chickenfeed . . . at US$36.3m.

When it comes to price, so-called chicken cups are far from being chickenfeed . . . as was made clear April 8 at Sotheby’s Hong Kong when a single cup fetched the equivalent of US$36.3m., exclusive of buyer’s premium. This set a new world record for a piece of Chinese ceramics. For avid and well-heeled collectors of Chinese ceramics, few pieces engender as much excitement as the small Ming dynasty-era bowls commonly known as “chicken cups.”

The bowl was bought by Shanghai billionaire property developer and collector Liu Yiqian who we have previously written about.

Of 19 chicken cups known to exist, 15 are in museums. Photo courtesy EPA

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