Ancient Chinese treasures feature in upcoming sale

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Photo caption: David Elstob is pictured with the rare Chinese bronzes and rare bottle of Moutai.

An important collection of Chinese bronzes and porcelain – including some particularly rare and early pieces – is expected to generate a great deal of interest at the Fine Art & Antiques Sale on Saturday 24 April.


Central to the 60-strong collection, is a rare bronze ritual wine vessel, dating from the Early Western Zhou Dynasty (1046 -771 BC), which carries a guide price of £100,000 - £150,000. Such vessels were used in ancient Chinese religious ceremonies and typically had a wide lip to facilitate pouring.


Another treasure is a rare and important archaic bronze snake lamp from the Warring States/Early Western Han Dynasty valued between £80,000 - £120,000. During this period, lamps became the main source of lighting and an important household item. They also provided light for the soul's path to the after life and most lamps in existence today have been excavated from tombs.


Also included in the sale is a large bronze bell from the Early Warring States/6th-5th century BC. It is decorated with animal faces and dragon motifs and is set to reach between £80,000 and £120,000.


As well as these highlighted lots, there are many other extremely fine Chinese artefacts on offer as part of the collection, including vases, tiles, dishes, bowls and boxes representing time periods such as the Song, Northern Song, Yuan and Llao Dynasties.


Continuing with the Chinese theme, there is an exceptionally scarce release of 1952 vintage Chinese Moutai liquor in the fine wines and spirits section of the sale that is set to reach between £6,000 and £7,000. It is presented in a special ‘dragon’ and is thought to have been produced from the tiny reserve of 1952 to commemorate the creation of Moutai in Guizhou Province that same year. Bottles like this are almost impossible to find on the open market and it is bound to be of considerable interest to both collectors and drink connoisseurs.


The Chinese market has been particularly buoyant for some time now and remains one of the ‘hot’ areas for collectors across the globe so we are hoping to achieve top prices at the sale for all of these items.

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