Glasgow auction house McTears say they are delighted with the success of their December Asian sale and point to the outstanding performance of three Chinese lots, all of which sold for well above their estimates.
Perhaps the biggest surprise was the price for a collection of clothing which included a dramatic blue dragon robe, a hat and a necklace. Against strong competition from the Far East, the lot was knocked down at £3,200 hammer to a buyer in Abu Dhabi. [We have previously noted the strong performance of Chinese textiles in recent times; see our report of last month’s Bonhams Edinburgh sale]. Abu Dhabi is in the process of building up collections for several new museums (in competition with Qatar) and participation in the market can be expected during 2014.
A simple but elegant bronze censer was sold to China for £3,000 and a ceramic plaque, late 19th or early 20th century, went to a UK buyer for £2,800.
The next Asian sale at McTears will be held on March 4 2014.