Following Chiswick Auction’s exceptional result of £36,000 (including premium) for a Ming cloisonné enamel tripod incense burner in February, the London auctioneer is offering two more important pieces in May.
The first is formed as a begging bowl decorated to the body with two facing long-tailed Makara, the base with a ribboned double vajra (pictured) (estimate: £10,000 – 15,000). The second, a duck-form cloisonné enamel and gilt bronze censer, formed in two sections with a trapezoid base (estimate: £20,000 – 30,000).
The lots are part of Chiswick Auction’s 300-lot Asian Art auction on 5 May which includes a range of pieces from China, Japan, India and South East Asia.
The sale will also include a loop-handled gold splashed tripod censer (estimate: £6,000 – 8,000) as well as a parcel-gilt bronze gui-form censor by Hu Wenming (estimate: £12,000 – 18,000).
Later bronzes, long neglected as a category in favour of their archaic ancestors, are currently experiencing a well-deserved ground swell of interest.
Other interesting lots include a private collection of Indonesian textiles and pieces, including archival material, from the collection of Chinese art dealer Roger Bluett (1925 – 2000) www.chiswickauctions.co.uk.