A number of Chinese lots were stolen from Chippenham Auction Rooms the night before a recent sale. Although the main targets of the thieves, who broke in through the roof the night before the sale, were European gold and silver items (all were stolen), the thieves had evidently absorbed the fact that Chinese objets were desirable. They took several items. Evidently, they were not experts. They took relatively low value lots and they left a lot of rather more expensive ones.
They took the two lots illustrated below, amongst others: an 18th century blue and white meat plate and a Chinese Song dynasty Longquan carved lotus petal bowl.
If you have seen either of these items please telephone 101 ext 728295. The incident number is 10977.