In recent times, good quality twentieth century Chinese pieces have started to attract respectable, if not outstanding, prices in western salerooms. Most often such pieces are well made and, above all, attractive. If one was feeling rude about it, you might refer to them as designer or furnishing pieces.
Indeed, even in Jingdezhen, China’s procelain capital, where some very fine porcelain is churned out daily and the choice is enormous, good quality pieces are sold at very respectable prices going into he many thousands of dollars or pounds.
The Dreweatts & Blomsbury Interiors sale at Donnington Priory on April 19 features some 90 Asian lots. The majority of the lots are recent in vintage, mainly 19th century. ‘Interiors’ tends to be an acronym for good quality, attractive furnishing items. There are quite a number of these in the sale. If you happen to like big pieces which make a statement (and you have the space to house them), Lot 216 caught our eye ‘A large pair of Chinese blue and white ‘Fish’ vases and covers’. They look good despite their nouveau provenance. Standing an impressive 105 cm. high, and estimated at £500-1500, they would make a great piece of decoration for an entrance hall or stairwell . . .