Category: Hidden Treasure

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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Mid 19th Century, circa 1840

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



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...

Elevate Your Dining Experience

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We're delighted to hear that eating out will soon be possible again! What restaurant did you miss the most?

Eating - where ever you do it - is essentially about 3 things: the food, the company and the atmosphere. Whilst we can't help with the first 2 things on the list (unless you ask us to dinner and invite us to cook for you!) we CAN help with the third.

And in a world where lockdown, sometimes, seems to prevail, there IS indeed something vaguely pleasing (regardless of what 'phase' we are in or whatever is going on out there in the world) in getting the simple things right; getting back t...

Art for All

instagram format (4).png In our quarterly Fine Art sale - the catalogue is out now - we really do have something for everyone. Whilst this auction may be lead by the recognised masters Le Pho, Raza, Souza and Chen Wen Hsi, (and we don't use the word 'masters' lightly - we mean it!) all with excellent provenance:


(Highly-collectable, this Chen Wen Hsi painting of gibbons came stright out of the private collection of David Marshall, Singapore's First Chief Minister; the Le Pho, below, still has the original Paris gallery's exhibition sticker to its reverse, where it was bought from.)

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Glamour without Costing the Earth

With more and more companies now leaning towards lab-grown diamonds over the real deal, part of the joy of buying antique jewellery at auction is that you know you are not contributing to this:


The Mir Mine in Russia

Also called the Mirny mine, this is an open pit diamond mine located in Mirny, Sakha Republic, in the Siberian region of eastern Russia. The mine is more than 525 meters (1,722 ft) deep (4th in the world), has a diameter of 1,200 m (3,900 ft), and is one of the largest excavated holes in the world. Opened: 1957 Closed: 2004*

  • The mine was recommissioned in 2009, and is expected t...

What Have You Renovated and Restored Recently?

We love hearing back from happy customers! In our record-breaking last Home & Decor auction earlier this month, (read about it here) we sold, among other things, the contents of a Peranakan shophouse, untouched since the 1920s.

These Chinese cleavers came out of it and were snapped up for a very reasonable sum in their rather charming, rusty state:

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Two weeks later, they have been transformed:


What have YOU recently restored or renovated? We'd love to hear from you. Drop us a line at and star in one of our weekly blog posts.

#reuse #restore #recycle

Peranakan Heritage Items Fetch Record Values

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Usually gracing the halls of a museum rather than the saleroom of an auction house: a good portion of yesterday’s sale (91% sold) included the untouched contents of a Peranakan shophouse at 20 Blair Road. Lot 37 – a group of Peranakan beaded shoes along with a box of precious embroidery that included a ceremonial handkerchief used for weddings – climbed to nail-biting $20,000 SGD on the night of the sale.


Lot 2 was also of note – selling for $24,000 SGD and attracting fierce bidding – a very good example of a Peranakan carved and parcel gilt side cabinet, which also came out of the Blair Ro...