Bonhams London held its Asian Art Sale on 6th November and recorded a sell-through rate of about 50%. The performance was not particularly impressive but the top three lots with highest prices realized were all sold for prices far exceeding their pre-sale estimates.
The winning lot was a Famille Rose ‘Scholar and Fisherman’ Semi-Eggshell Dish from Yongzheng period. Estimated at £1,500 - 2000, the dish was hammered down for a fiftyfold price of £75,000. It was sold for £93,750 (about US$123,198) with buyer’s premium. The dish finely enamelled with a scene of a Confucian scholar visiting a fisherman on a riverbank; another semi-eggshell bowl with a scholar visiting an archer shooting at the sun; together with a Mandarin pattern dish.
The second most expensive lot went to a Large Parcel-gilt Bronze Figure of Zhenwu from late Ming dynasty, carrying an estimate of £4,000 - 6,000. The God of the North dynamically cast with full armour and flowing ribbons and robes, the smiling face with a short beard and long hair reaching down the back, later marble stand. The figure was hammered down for £39,000 and sold for £48,750 (US$64,069) with buyer’s premium.
The third one was a Ru-type octagonal vase with Qianlong seal mark and of the period, the enamels later. The vase was hammered down for £34,000, 11 times of its pre-sale estimate range of £3,000 - 4,000. It was sold for £42,500 (US$55,903) with buyer’s premium. The elegantly potted body with eight facets, raised on a short indented foot rim and gently tapering out to sharp shoulder and subtly waisted neck, all covered in an archaistic grey-green ru-type glaze, later enamelled with bats and flowers.
Top three lots (by prices realized)
A FAMILLE ROSE 'SCHOLAR AND FISHERMAN' SEMI-EGGSHELL DISH
Lot no.: 134
Estimate: £1,500 - 2,000
Hammer price: £75,000
Price realized: £93,750
A LARGE PARCEL-GILT BRONZE FIGURE OF ZHENWU
Late Ming Dynasty
Lot no.: 153
Sotheby's, London, 13 May 1988, lot 623
Estimate: £4,000 - 6,000
Hammer price: £39,000
Price realized: £48,750
A RU-TYPE OCTAGONAL VASE.
Qianlong seal mark and of the period, the enamels later
Lot no.: 383
Estimate: £3,000 - 4,000
Hammer price: £34,000
Price realized: £42,500
Auction house: Bonhams London
Sale: Asian Art
Auction date: 2017/11/06
No. of lots: 826
Sell-through rate: 50%
(All prices realized have included buyer’s premium unless otherwise specified)