November 2013 Sale Report




The November sale at the Wotton Auction rooms had all the usual elements to create a memorable event, led by an interesting selection of oriental objects consigned by local vendors.


Leading the day was an 18th century Chinese porcelain bowl known as a Hong bowl. It showed in great detail warehouses on the now Hong Kong harbour front. The 16 diameter piece was located during a routine house visit by Philip Taubenheim in the Stroud area a few weeks ago. The pre-sale estimate of 15,000-20,000, which took into account a fairly substantial crack to the main body, was broken however, when an English buyer bid 37,000 to secure it against a foreign under bidder.


A few lots later a Chinese jade table screen set on a finely carved rosewood frame sold to a Chinese buyer in the room at 13,000 against a pre-sale estimate of 3,000. A jade model of a ram, of uncertain age - possibly 18th century or earlier, completed the section by selling for 3,800 to a Canadian buyer.


A further 80 or so lots of oil lamps and spares were included and totalled somewhere around 5,400.


A strong library of Folio Society books sold well, with individual copies making up to 650. The library totalled around 4,000.


Amongst the furniture a vintage haberdashery cabinet sold for 1,650 and a good Georgian tilt top breakfast table of oval form realised 1,150.


The forthcoming sale, the last of the year, will be held on December 10th/11th and at the time of writing the salerooms are almost at capacity.


LOT 85 Hong Bowl sold for 37,000

LOT 138 sold for 13,000



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