Bonham’s Edinburgh Asian sale (November 13) was marked by some good prices for items of Chinese embroidery and clothing which far exceeded estimates. Lot 139, a large embroidered panel catalogued as South East Asian 19th century fetched £3,500 on the hammer against an estimate of £5-700. Some in the room opined that it was, in fact, Chinese.
Three pairs of mandarin squares together with two single examples were estimated at £3-400 and achieved £2,500, whilst two embroidered silk robes were knocked down at £2,600 (estimate £5-700). A sundry lot of textiles, including an embroidered robe collar, estimated at £2-300, made £1,900.
Prices in other areas were much as expected towards the high end of estimates and, only occasionally exceeding them dramatically.
Meantime, as this sale was going on, Bonhams in Harrogate sold a 1967 Aston Martin for £131,240. It went to a buyer in China, demonstrating just how demand in so many different areas is now being driven, literally and metaphorically by the Chinese market.