The highest price achieved at Woolley & Wallis’s two day Asian Art sale this week was £200,000 for a Chinese Imperial celadon jade seal. Estimated pre-sale at £30,000-40,000 it galloped well ahead of expectations. Thought to be 19th century, possibly earlier, the seal is 14.5cm. high and 13.5cm. wide and features a finely sculpted crouching dragon.
The sale featured just under 900 lots and the total realised was £2.4m. A pair of blue and white Ming-style altar candlesticks, on which pre-sale hopes focused, were sold at £170,000 against an estimate of £80,000=120,000. Comparison with similar objects in public collections internationally would suggest they are Quianlong, probably from the 1740s.