Leonard Joel

Asian Art, Classic Furniture & Objects Auction Delivers Results

Classic Furniture & Objects 26 Oct 2015


The October Asian Art, Classic Furniture & Objects auction promised to be the most diverse offering of Asian art at Leonard Joel in more than a decade … and it certainly delivered!  The result of a concerted campaign to expand Leonard Joel’s presence in the Asian art market, the high quality offering was curated in partnership with Chinese works of art specialist, Sally Robin and Japanese works of art specialist, Trevor Fleming, in conjunction with department specialists Guy Cairnduff and Chiara Curcio, over a period of six months.  During this time, three Asian art valuation and consignment events saw an extraordinary number of highlight pieces brought out from the cupboards and display cabinets of Melbourne collectors and brought to the Leonard Joel’s salerooms for appraisal, forming the core of a 216 lot-strong Asian art section, which yielded sales of $312,600.

72Perhaps the most exciting result was the sale of an 18th century Japanese Arita ware VOC plate, lot 72.  Painted in vivid blue on a white ground, the plate was one of a collection of plates made specifically for the use of high-ranking officials in the Dutch East India Company and was the largest of the models produced for the company.  With a provenance of direct descent from a Sri Lankan family, methodical research by Trevor Fleming saw the plate sell for $24,400 (IBP), the vendor delighted that his prized possession found such a reputable new home.

Another highlight lot, a rare Tang Dynasty Chinese silvered and parcel gilt floriated box and cover, lot 8, found a buyer at $14,600 (IBP).

However, the most impressive result was achieved by an object which was perhaps the most diminutive in size: lot 126, a 19th century Chinese horn libation cup.  A much sought after, symbolic item in the realms of Chinese art, the libation cup was another item with fascinating family provenance, handed down by descent from Robert Francis, who was at one time general agent for China Navigation Co in Kiukiang and the proprietor of his own shipping company.  After protracted bidding between a group of bidders, the cup eventually sold for an extraordinary $97,600 (IBP) and generated a round of applause in the packed saleroom!126

Other highlights from the auction included lot 263, a rare Gustav Vichy automaton from the Frank Freedman Collection, Pierrot Serenading the Moon, which sold to a London bidder for $19,250 (IBP) and lot 236, a rare 18th century compound and simple microscope by renowned London maker, George Adams, which sold also to a London bidder for $9,760.

Now consigning Asian works of art and European objects and furniture for auction in 2016.

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