A bidding frenzy erupted at a recent auction where buyers flew in from China to purchase rare Chinese artefacts.

Richard Winterton Auctioneers of Lichfield Fine & Decorative Arts Auction yesterday (1st November) included a private consignment of Chinese Jade, Porcelain and works of art discovered amongst the contents of a deceased estate.

Adrian Rathbone, Fine Arts Manager comments:

‘Highlights from the haul, much of which were purchased in Hong Kong in the 1970’s included Lot 366, a carved jade model of an infant at £2,700, Lot 364, a pale jade ornament of a goat and kid at £5,000 and £700 for Lot 352, a Chinese gourd/ivory mounted cricket cage. Highest single price was for Lot 368, a carved jade ornament of two ibex beneath a tree at £6,100. A series of Chinese wall pockets dating form the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries totalled over £6,000. The whole collection totalled over £40,000 signalling the continuing strength and importance of the Asian market’.

Elsewhere in the same sale, a unique collection of 1920’s/30’s film star autographs obtained by Florrie Clark of Smethwick totalled over £2,000 and purchased by a number of UK collectors bidding in the room and on the internet.

The next Fine and Decorative Arts Sale will be held on 13th December and entries are currently being invited. Phone Richard Winterton Auctioneers for further information on 01543 251081. –