Salisbury auctioneers Woolley & Wallis, who are renowned as skilful operators in the Asian market, with two 2-day sales a year, have just issued their 2014 Report. Chairman Paul Viney avers ‘Jewellery and Asian Art provided most of the highlights’ in a year in which the company achieved sales of £20,200,000 (premium inclusive). And, indeed, in their jewellery report they point out that ‘The amber market continues to accelerate, encouraged by the strength of the Chinese buyers.’
One of their strongest performers in November’s £3m. + Asian sale was a pair of 18th century Chinese Yongzheng doucai cups. Just 4.5cm. high they, nevertheless, sold to a Chinese buyer for £453,800 (premium incl.).
Freya Yuan from Woolley & Wallis’ Asian department shows off one of the tiny top performers in the November 2014 sale.