Chorleys well satisfied with delayed sale of Republican porcelain

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Lot 88  Pair of Meiping vases achieved £8,000 at Chorleys

Auctioneer Chorleys is reported to be well satisfied with the delayed sale (due to snow!) of Republic period, and earlier, porcelain which took place March 27 and which we wrote about earlier http://chineseart.co.uk/news/interesting-private-collection-of-republic-period-porcelain-features-in-chorleys-sale/.

The morning opened with the Asian section attracting frenetic bidding over the telephones, extra busy internet activity and a packed saleroom.  In particular, there was huge interest from China, the USA and the UK trade with most of the highest bids ending up via the internet.The Asian section offered an important local collection of Republic era porcelain with the highlight being Lot 75, a set of four rectangular porcelain plaques by Bi Botao (1885-1961) representing the four seasons.

Bi Botao was a member of the well-known group ‘The Eight Friends of Zhushan’.  Lot 75 Four Chinese porcelain rectangular plaques, signed and with one artist seal by Bi Botao (1885-1961), dated 1932, sold for £16,000. The group comprised the best porcelain artists of the period and revitalized the Chinese porcelain industry after the political unrest in 19th century China and the subsequent fall of the Qing dynasty.  The plaques, delicately painted with frogs, a spider, turtles and a snake respectively, were acquired from Peter Wain’s ‘Millenium List’, 1999 for £3,000 and sold at Chorley’s for £16,000.

From the same collection, Lot 83, a Chinese porcelain circular seal paste box, painted by Wang Yeting, fetched £4,000 against an estimate of £600-800 while Lot 88, a pair of Chinese porcelain Meiping vases, inscribed with a poem and symbols of immortality, realised £6,000.  Elsewhere in the oriental section, of excellent quality and highly decorative, Lot 16, a garniture of three Chinese famille verte vases from the Kangxi period, fetched £7,500.