Daoguang very much seems to be the flavour of the month. Good Daoguang pieces are very much in demand these days. We wrote a couple of days ago about a couple of Daoguang bowls which are expected to do well at Woolley and Wallis next week (http://chineseart.co.uk/auctions/two-daoguang-bowls-and-their-owners/). Meantime, a very attractive pair of lotus vases and covers scored yesterday at Halls in Shrewsbury.
Described in the catalogue as, ‘An impressive pair of Chinese famille rose turquoise ground ‘lotus’ vases and covers, Daoguang seal marks and of the period, of ovoid form, the domed covers with cone finials, finely painted with lotus flowers, peaches, bats and scrolling foliage around gilt ‘double-happiness’ symbols, within ruyi and lappet borders, all against a turquoise ground, the interiors and bases with a pale sea-green glaze, 28cm high (restoration to one). Provenance: The property of Dr Wilfred Watkins-Pitchford (1868-1952), thence purchased by the vendor at auction in Shropshire during the 1950s. Watkins-Pitchford was a prominent physician, spending much time in South Africa, specialising in bacteriology and pathology before retiring in 1926 and returning to the UK where he settled in Shropshire.
‘Footnote: For a near identical single vase and cover of the same period, see Christies ‘Appreciating Elegance: Art from the Sui Yuan Zhai Collection’, 11 May 2015, lot 37. The use of enamel colour on a turquoise ground is thought to be inspired by cloisonne decoration and similar examples can be found in the National Palace Museum, Beijing. ‘
They were sold in the room at £85,000 hammer which means the buyer had to pay over £100,000 for the stunning pair. Internet or absentee bidding was not allowed.