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Antique Collection of Chinese and Japanese butterflies coming to auction

309 Lot 309 an antique collection of Chinese and Japanese butterflies to come to auction March 31 at Coldingham Borders Auctions

An unusual lot of Chinese interest comes to auction on March 31st (Easter Saturday) at Coldingham Borders Auctions in the Scottish Borders. It is an antique collection of Japanese and Chinese butterflies in excellent condition and acquired in China some fifty years ago. Most of the butterflies bear their Formosan names and all are captioned in Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese and English.

309_2 A spokeswoman for the auctioneers said last night, “This is a most unusual collection in absolutely excellent condition. It is difficult to put a value on this Lot because it is so rare but we are expecting bids in the hundreds of pounds after canvassing interest.’

309_3 ‘We have been asked by the same vendor to sell his collection of pottery and porcelain, most of it acquired in the Far East. Although there is nothing particularly rare, there are some attractive enough pieces – Kangxi plates, Guangxu sleeve vases and the usual Canton ware – and there should be no difficulty finding good homes for them.’

The auction takes place in Coldingham Hall on Saturday March 31 at 11a.m. It is broadcast live by and the catalogue goes up on line at Easylive and at www.coldinghamborders on March 21. This is the Borders-based auctioneer’s fourth sale of art, antiques and collectables in nine months after its May 2017 launch.



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