Embroidery is performing well in the salerooms, as suggested by some of our earlier articles. At Wilkinsons, Doncaster, Lot 284, catalogued as a 19th century silk embroidery wall hanging, worked in dark blue, mid blue, coral ivory silks and metallic gold threads with a five clawed scaly gold dragon chasing a flaming pearl on a black ground, and estimated at £200-400, achieved £6,600 on the hammer The sale took place March 2.
The price, more than thirty times estimate, came amidst comparison with certain Imperial Chinese pieces. The use of gold thread and the incorporation of a five-clawed dragon strongly suggested that the Lot was rather more interesting than its low estimate suggested.
In the same sale, a hoard of Chinese coins stacked in a pot, estimated at £800-1600 achieved a hammer price of £1800.
Lot 284 at Wilkinsons in Yorkshire got more than £7,700 including premium
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.
Lot 139 Embroidered panel £3,500
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.