From Qianlong to Kangxi - Here's a look at some our favourite Asian lots coming up for sale

As we prepare for our first 'online only' live auction we take a look at a selection of Asian lots which will be included in next weeks 'behind closed doors' auction. In recent years the auction industry has seen a transformation in how we hold auctions! From live streaming, video calls and digital images the world has become a much smaller place and no matter where in the world you are, you can enjoy the thrill of an auction.

The Asian market in particular were early adopters of this new technology and from Beijing to Shanghai the Chinese were quick to adapt to online bidding! Today Fieldings Auctioneers ustilise all aspects of live bidding offering clients from around the world the chance to participate with the click of a button from the comfort of their own homes.

With our next sale now live online the enquiries are coming in from all over the world. Here are just a few favourite items from the Asian department which we love and wanted to share with you.....

Lot 152 - A Chinese 'Teadust' glazed vase, of meiping form with short lug handles, the shoulder and body with a series of ochre coloured horizontal bands, before a dusted rich green ground, 29cm high, drilled mark to base, possibly a Yongzheng mark (1722-35), secondary paper label to base with written number 30. Estimate £1500 to £2000

This vase is beautifully modelled and decorated with a 'tea dust' glaze which subtly changes over the body. Unfortunately for this piece someone in the past has converted it to a table lamp so sadly the mark has been drilled through, however what remains indicates that it is quite possibly an 18th Century example. We're looking forward to seeing how this performs on the day!

Lot 154 - A pair of 19th Century Chinese Canton famille rose vases, each of ovoid form, rising to an everted overhanging scalloped rim, the body of each painted in mirror image depicting officials receiving court, applied with gilt wrythen dragons, 34.5cm high. (2) Estimate - £300 to £500

These are absolute classics of their type, big, bold and full of decoration. For years collectors have loved the show and style of these large Canton vases and over recent years we have seen their values climb steadily as buyers in China bid strongly for them.

Lot 163 - A Chinese late Qing Dynasty (1664-1912) Tianqiuping vase, the bulbous body rising to a shaft neck, with allover variegated ochre ground, depicting two outlines of five-clawed dragons in pursuit of the flaming pearl, with overglazed ruyi fire-scroll decoration, 43cm high. Estimate £200 to £300

This classic shaped vase is large, and the size gives great impact! The decoration is the classic and often used imagery of two five clawed dragons chasing the flaming pearl, but the iridescence and slight slipping of the design over the deep ochre ground makes this vase that little more interesting. 

Lot 173 - A Chinese white Jade pebble carving, Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), the pale green/white stone, with slight russet inclusions, of rounded pebble form, carved in low relief, the lower section carved in archaic form sword fitting, extending to an openwork scrolling dragon design surmounting the top section, 7cm x 4.5cm. Estimate - £800 to £1200

The market for Jade has been strong for many years, Fieldings sold a small brush pot some 10 years ago for over £25,000 closely followed by a little jade carving of two figures with a cat, despite being broken in half it still achieved £14,000! This piece is hand carved and polished and decorated to both sides. the jade itself is a pale opque white which is very popular with the Chinese and something they look for in a piece. This piece came with the original purchase reciept which is also very important and something buyers like to see, so it goes to prove, keep good records and receipts for everything you buy in the world of art and antiques.

These are just a selection of some of our favourite pieces but there are many more. The sale will be held on Wednesday the 2oth and Thursday the 21st with the Asian section offered on day one! If you need any more information about any of the lots please contact us via our website or

Do you own anything similar you'd like us to look at? From porcelain to metalware, jade to art, we have specialists happy to advice on Asian art so please don't hesitate to contact us.

Posted on 14 May 2020 in: Auction life

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