Bonhams to sell enormous Imperial Chinese Immortals screen

  An outstanding Imperial Chinese twelve-leaf screen comprising 64 magnificent porcelain panels depicting tales from Chinese mythology, which may well have graced an Imperial throne room, will be sold at Bonhams Fine Chinese Art sale in London on May 15. Bonhams … Continue reading

Reflections on November’s Chinese auctions from an online bidder’s point of view

  We wrote a few weeks ago about the plethora of Chinese art auctions during November, the difficulties of getting around them all and our decision to, instead, bid online ( Well, it has certainly been a highly instructive experience to … Continue reading

Northumberland auctioneer Railtons to sell Chinese treasure trove

A small pretty jar with delicately enamelled decoration of a phoenix is coming up at Railtons on May 14 Northumberland auctioneer Jim Railton ( has just posted more than 50 Chinese lots on for auction on Saturday May 14 ( in … Continue reading

The man who was Emperor Guangxu’s dentist: some thoughts on provenance and an old Shanghai collection

Some time ago, there was a humorous and very popular little ditty entitled I was Kaiser Bill’s Batman, the implication of which was that it was quite a notable thing to be almost intimately associated with the famous, if not the … Continue reading