The highlight of our 21st November Antiques & Collectables sale, which features a wide range of remarkable antiques, has to be a pair of fine Chinese porcelain famille rose yellow ground vases, estimated at £10,000-£15,000.
The vases are enamelled with the eight auspicious symbols from Buddhism: the Conch Shell, the Lotus Flower, the Wheel of Dharma, the Parasol, the Endless Knot, the Golden Fish, the Victory Banner and the Treasure Vase.
The mid sections have red Jiaqing six character mark (signifying 1796-1820).
The bases display old collector labels, most likely exhibition labels, relating to the pre-eminent early 20th century Chinese art and artefacts dealer Ching Tsai Loo. Each base has a circular label reading ‘Paris 1956 17’, one with larger oblong label marked ‘C. T. Loo & Co’.
Ching Tsai Loo, (1880-1957) best known as C. T. Loo was an influential and controversial dealer of Chinese art and artefacts working during the first half of the 20th century. Moving from Shanghai to Paris at the turn of the century Loo established an antique business ‘Laiyuan and Company’ exporting high quality antiquities from China, and quickly detected a new market for early Chinese art. By the mid 1910s, following the impact of World War I on the art market in Europe, Loo had moved to New York where he rapidly became a significant figure in the art world. He was catering to the demand for Eastern works of art and introducing a large number of Chinese antiquities to museums, and private western collections.
These vases come with good provenance, having been acquired from an estate sale in the 1950’s by the current vendor’s family. The vases are accompanied by a copy of a letter of appraisal from Russell Alberts of Ton-Ying & Company Chinese Antiquities, New York, dated 1967.
The vases are consigned by a private individual whose father collected Chinese antiques in the 1950s and 1960s. We have previously successfully sold Chinese pieces for the family, many of which have had similar collection labels, and so we expect these vases to attract a great deal of interest.
Fellows’ Antiques & Collectables catalogue is available to view online and in person at the following times:
16th November 2017 10.00am – 4.00pm
17th November 2017 10.00am – 4.00pm
18th November 2017 11.00am – 4.00pm
20th November 2017 10.00am – 4.00pm
21st November 2017 8.30am – 10.00am
Photo ID is required
The auction will take place on Tuesday 21st November, starting at 10am.