Far Eastern delights discovered at Hansons Auctioneers - 14/11/2012

Hansons pay host to a wealth of consultant valuers on antiques valuation days throughout the Midlands. On a valuation day last week, Chinese ceramics expert Lars Tharp - otherwise seen on Antiques Roadshow - uncovered two rare Chinese artifacts dating back 200 years.



At our saleroom in Etwall, Derbyshire, Lars consigned a Chinese export ware turquoise glazed model of dove, and a Canton enamel tripod incense burner and cover. The current market at auction for Chinese works of art is extremely buoyant, and so Hansons were thrilled and excited by these latest local finds.

The items discovered date to the end of the Emperor Qianlung reign (1735-99) or the early 19th century. Such export wares represent ‘a great flowering of the arts' commented Mr Hanson. Such artefacts were manufactured for the Western world, as tokens of the artistry of Chinese craftsman and the mystique of the East.

The model of the dove would have served purely decorative purposes, whilst the incense burner with a pierced cover and three ruyi apertures would have fragranced an interior back in the 19th century.

The Qing Dynasty items are expected to create worldwide interest in Hansons forthcoming Fine Arts and Antiques Auction on Thursday 6th December.

Last year, Hansons Auctioneers unearthed a rare Chinese imperial vase which sold for £192,000. With an increasingly wealthy base of Eastern buyers, prices have been soaring over the last ten years for such items. In accordance, the turquoise glazed dove is expected to sell for up to £500 whilst the Canton incense burner and cover could command up to £800 at auction. A comparable Canton enamel tripod incense burner is in the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing reported Charles Hanson. 

Lars Tharp 'brings to Hansons 'an enormous wealth of knowledge of objects and their values' commented Charles Hanson, and will be participating in Hansons Midlands valuation days next year, dates to be confirmed.