Salisbury auctioneers Woolley & Wallis are renowned for their bi-annual two day Asian art sales which take place in May and November. Although there are uncertainties surrounding the market for Asian and, specifically, Chinese art, the auction house is excited about one particular lot that comes up on November 17.
Lot 61 is described as ‘a fine and rare Chinese Imperial ormolu mounted striking gourd-shaped clock with swinging movement’. It is confidently reckoned to be Qianlong (1736-95) and is estimated at £200,000 – 300,000.
The provenance is the usual ‘property of a Gentleman’ and it is said to have formerly been in the possession of the Greek collector Dimitri Mavromattis. There are said to be only three examples of this type of Chinese clock in existence. The same clock, or another of the examples, have recently appeared at auction (Christie’s The Exceptional Sale July 5 2012, Lot 15, unsold, and Christie’s Hong Kong Magnificent Clocks for the Chinese Imperial Court from the Nezu Museum, May 27 2008, Lot 1501. It is an impressive 61cm in height.