Set of six diminutive Chinese 19th century porcelain famille rose panels reaches $57,600 at Nadeau's Nadeau’s Auction Gallery saved the best for last on March 29th when lot #607 – a set of six diminutive Chinese 19th century porcelain famille rose panels – soared to $57,600 in Windsor, Conn.
News-Antique.com - Apr 08,2014 - WINDSOR, Conn. – Nadeau’s Auction Gallery saved the best for last on March 29th when lot #607 – the final item to come up for bid, a set of six diminutive Chinese 19th century porcelain famille rose panels – soared to $57,600, making it the top lot of the auction. It was the firm’s annual American & Asian Auction, held in Nadeau’s gallery at 25 Meadow Road in Windsor.
The set of panels, boasting floral and figural decorations and measuring 14 ½ inches by 4 ¾ inches, carried a modest pre-sale estimate of just $500-$800. It finished at many times that, a testament to the robust health of the Chinese antiques market. To further illustrate the point, if the set were substantially larger, as some are, it might have commanded up to $100,000 or more.
“The American antiques, European antiques, estate jewelry and original artworks all did well in this auction,” said Ed Nadeau of Nadeau’s Auction Gallery, “but this was absolutely pound-for-pound the strongest sale for Asian antiques we’ve held to date. It helped, of course, that we had all fresh estate merchandise, but I can’t stress enough how wildly popular Chinese antiques are.”
Perfect examples: a 19th century Chinese famille rose framed porcelain plaque on a stand with finely painted depictions of Fu-sing, Wu-sing and Shou-laso brought $36,000 against a pre-sale estimate of $1,000-$2,000; and a pair of 19th or 20th century Chinese framed reverse paintings on mirrors showing a young man and a female servant expected to bring $400-$800 rose to $14,400.
A 19th or 20th century pair of Chinese square hardwood taborets (low seats or stools without backs or arms) with carved apron and legs in an archaic style of flowers and animals, expected to realize $500-$900, went for $31,200; while a three-piece lot comprising a pair of Chinese square rosewood taborets and a tall square rosewood stand (est. $500-$700) changed hands for $25,200.
A large 18th century Chinese blue and white conical vase (Jiaqing/Daoguang), 30 inches tall, with stylized dragon handles and central stylized chrysanthemum medallions and clouds (est. $1,500-$2,500) garnered $9,000; and a Chinese scroll painting with birds and a landscape, measuring 35 inches by 26 inches, expected to hit just $200-$400 (mainly because of a tear) finished at $6,600.
Chinese Export lots were just as impressive. A Chinese Export famille verte porcelain baluster jar, drilled and mounted for use as a table lamp, made in the 19th century and standing 26 ½ inches tall (est. 400-$700), topped out at $20,400; while a pair of Chinese Export porcelain triple gourd-form vases, made circa 19th or 20th century, 24 inches tall (est. $400-$800) hit $12,000.
Around 125 people attended the auction in person, while hundreds of others bid online, through Invaluable.com (formerly Artfact.com). Many phone and absentee bids were also recorded. By the time the final gavel had fallen, $875,000 in sales had been tabulated (including the buyer’s premium). The total number of lots, when factoring in estate jewelry items, was around 650.