Category: Dispatches from the saleroom

Recent Sale Results

Read the latest here from our recent 'Peranakan Works of Art' Sale:

TOP LOT

A PERANAKAN CEREMONIAL BEADED COLLAR

From the collection of Dr Ho Wing Meng. Ceremonial collar with elaborate designs of insects, animals and flowers stitched onto velvet panel Number of Bids: 35 Estimate: $5,000 Hammer Price: $20,000

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MOST BID ON ITEM

FOUR PORCELAIN PLATES

With Phoenix, butterfly and floral decoration, three on a celadon ground. The largest plate is 19cm diameter Estimate: $300 Number of Bids: 54 Hammer Price: $5,000

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MOST COVETED ITEM

A PERANAKAN PINK GROUND CHUPU

Marked Xu Shun Chang Zao to the bas...

Sale Results

We do so love a single-owner collection. Unusually, due to our packed auction schedule (keep checking our website closely as we have a lot of sales coming up) we had a sale that closed on a Tuesday, rather than our usual Sunday evening.

Our really rather smashing sale results from yesterday's sale, appear below:

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TOP LOT:
A COPELAND & GARRETT PART TEA AND COFFEE SERVICE

Mid 19th Century, circa 1840

Number of bids: 17
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Hammer Price: $11,000

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MOST BID ON ITEM:
A PAIR OF BARR WORCESTER COFFEE CANS AND SAUCERS

Circa 1800. Decorated in the imari palette with a stylised ori...

Buy a Piece of History

Imagine drinking from a cup made before the typewriter was invented!

Morning tea, or coffee, just got a lot more interesting. And - considering age - the condition of the collection is incredible.

teapot.jpeg This handsome teapot was around in 1819 when Raffles landed in Singapore Shaped oval on conforming stand, decorated with flowerheads, stiff leaves and gilt borders. Old BADA sticker to base. Early-mid 19th century.

Current bid: $160

More info here

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In 1813 Jane Austin published Pride & Prejudice: Mr Darcy would have drunk from cups much like these This lot comes with two similar tea cups and saucer...

Auction Results - Property of a Gentleman

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THE TOP SELLING LOT

Ian Fleming's Casino Royale (first edition)

Estimate: $2,000-$4,000

Number of bidders: 26

Hammer Price: $11,000

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MOST BID-ON LOT

George Chinnery (British, 1774-1852) 'Figures Bathing by a Ruined Wall, Bengal'

Estimate: $2,000-$3,000

Hammer Price: $11,000

Number of Bidders: 28

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MOST COVETED LOT

Ian Fleming's Diamond's are Forever

(NB We have REAL diamonds coming up in our Jewellery & Watches auction, see below!)

Estimate: $1,500-$2,500

Hammer Price: $2,400

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OUT SOON | JEWELLERY & WATCHES | 75 LOTS WITH NO RESERVE

Catalogue: 7 September | Auction: 19 September, bids close ...

'Home & Decor' August Results

Want to know which item climbed to $15,000 in Sunday's sale? What was the most coveted item? Which item attracted the most bids? Read on:

TOP SELLING LOT (ALSO OUR MOST BID-ON LOT)

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A CHINESE CARVED WHITE JADE CENSER AND COVER

The cover with elephant finial above mask decoration, twin dragon head drop ring handles and on tripod supports, on carved hardwood stand 10cm high x 14cm wide without stand; 14cm high with stand

Estimate: $500-$1,000

Number of bids: 47

Hammer Price: $15,000

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MOST COVETED LOT

AN EAMES/HERMAN MILLER 'HANG IT ALL' COAT RACK

Wooden balls and welded steel wire frame With cer...

Why We Should All Wear Brooches

When are you old enough to wear a brooch?! I like to think I have a few years left; but apparently I AM officially "old enough" to no longer wear a brooch ironically (I am four years older than 39).

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Of course brooches always looks fabulous pinned to lapel of a coat or blazer (extra points if it's being worn with jeans and trainers) but they also look good when worn in a formal context (just look at Kate) or my new favourite - grouped.

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Kate is a fan and shows you which side, traditionally, you are meant to wear it. (Left is technically correct, but who cares?)

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I love that Blake's bling (belo...

Bid Barometer - No Reserve Asian Ceramics

Sundays auction was a huge success, with many lots pulling in a huge number of bidders

  • 98% sold (just 4 unsold lots),
  • $61,750 total hammer
  • 148 bidders
  • average selling price per lot sold was $381.12
  • average number of bids per lot sold was 10.85

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1. TOP HAMMER PRICE, MOST BID-ON ITEM & HIGHEST OVER TOP ESTIMATE

TWO BLUE AND WHITE PORCELAIN JARS AND COVERS

One example decorated with birds amongst foliage and chrysanthemum flowers, the other decorated with dragons, with associated cover, one bears Kangxi type mark to base. Both 43cm high

Estimate: $200-$400
Number of bids: 63
Hammer Price: $9,...

Home & Decor (July) ~ Top 5

Last Sunday's sale was an interesting one to watch and several lots had a flurry of bids. Here's the scoop on the stats:

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TOP HAMMER PRICE

A CEYLONESE SATINWOOD AND EBONY CABINET - In two sections with a carved and pierced apron, on bracket feet, with ebony mouldings and decoration, with keys

Estimate: $3,000

Hammer price: $5,500

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HIGHEST OVER TOP ESTIMATE

A MAORI NEPHRITE JADE CLUB - Of typical form with leather cord. 27cm long

Estimate: $150

Hammer Price: $850

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MOST BID-ON ITEM

A SET OF EIGHT CHINESE FAUX BAMBOO DINING CHAIRS -Compromising two carvers and six dining chairs, with white uphols...

Bid Barometer - Fine Art

1. TOP HAMMER PRICE

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CHEN WEN HSI  'GIBBONS'
  • from the estate of David Marshall, Singapore's First Chief Minister

Estimate: $8,000-$12,000

Hammer: $35,000


2. MOST BID-ON ITEM

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LUU TRAN HAU 'TWO NUDES'
  • oil on canvas, signed and dated 07. Estimate $5,000-$8,000 

Hammer: $24,000

Bids: 32


3. MOST COVETED ITEM

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LE PHO 'JEUNE FILLE DANS LE JARDIN'
  • oil on silk, laid on board. Signed in Chinese and English

Estimate: $20,000-$30,000

Hammer: $30,000

Indian Art Edit

Our current Fine Art auction - which closes on Sunday from 6pm - is eclectic and diverse. We have everything from masterpieces to unknown arists (read our previous blog post here that walks you through the whole catalogue).

The groupings of various art and artists are a helpful way to navigate your way through the sale. We have a particularly good selection of art by Indian artists. Here's our round up of it, with lot numbers for easy browsing.

All Indian Art can be found at Lots 57-74 (excluding lots 67 & 69). The Raza and the three works by Souza, are of particular note but we also have be...