Rare Chinese Vase From Chester Beatty Collection In Sale At The Canterbury Auction Galleries A rare Ming vase once in the collection of millionaire mining magnate, and famed collector Sir Alfred Chester Beatty is a highlight of the Two Day sale at The Canterbury Galleries on April 16-17.
News-Antique.com - Apr 08,2013 - Retirement gift expected to sell for £6,000-8,000
A rare Ming vase once in the collection of millionaire mining magnate, philanthropist and famed collector Sir Alfred Chester Beatty will be one of the highlights of the Two Day sale at The Canterbury Auction Galleries on April 16-17.
The blue and white porcelain Guan vase was made in Jingdezhen, the name indicating its shape, is decorated in the so-called "Windswept" manner, characterised by its loose brushstrokes, with swirling clouds above a landscape with daoist immortals. It dates from the second half of the 15th century and is expected to sell for £6,000-8,000.
The vase was a gift from by the Chester Beatty family to mark the retirement of Thomas Horat Bradford as managing director of their mining company Selection Trust Ltd., which had been founded by Alfred Chester Beatty in 1913. It has been consigned to the Canterbury auction by Mr Bradford's daughter, who lives in Kent.
Mr Bradford, who was of Swiss descent, was born in London and educated at St Dunstan's College. He served with the Northamptonshire Regiment in the World War Two, by which time he had joined the staff of Selection Trust. He was clearly Chester Beatty's right hand man, travelling with him first class on transatlantic liners to New York.
Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968) was born in New York City; graduated from Columbia University as a mining engineer and made his fortune mining in Cripple Creek, Colorado and, as chairman of Selection Trust, in other countries around the world. He was often called the "King of Copper. He was naturalised British in 1933 and knighted in 1954 for supplying the Allies with strategic raw materials during the war, but left Britain in 1957 to become an honorary citizen of Ireland. On his death in 1968, he was one of the few private citizens in Irish history to be accorded a state funeral.
A collector from the age of 10, and following in the footsteps of his older brother, W. Gedney Beatty (1869-1941) he built one of the world's premier collections of mineral specimens; Islamic illuminated manuscripts; biblical papyri; Persian, Turkish, and Indian paintings; Japanese woodblocks; Chinese snuff bottles, libation cups, ceramics and books with pages made from thinly sliced sheets of jade; world stamps, Impressionist paintings and printed books representing Eastern and Western culture.
The vase in the Canterbury sale retains its hand-written label pasted on its base which reads: "Property of W. Gedney Beatty". It passed to his brother who in turn bequeathed it to his son, Alfred Chester Beatty jnr, who took over the company on his father's retirement in 1950. It will be on public view alongside more than 1,000 lots of antiques, fine art and collectors' items on Saturday April 13 from 10am-4pm; Sunday April 14, 12 noon-4pm; Monday April 15, 10am-7pm and on the mornings of the sales from 8.30.
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