A rare Ming vase once in the collection of millionaire mining magnate, philanthropist and famed collector Sir Alfred Chester Beatty will be one of the highlights of the Two Day sale at The Canterbury Auction Galleries on April 16-17.
The blue and white porcelain Guan vase was made in Jingdezhen, the name indicating its shape, is decorated in the so-called “Windswept” manner, characterised by its loose brushstrokes, with swirling clouds above a landscape with daoist immortals. It dates from the second half of the 15th century and is expected to sell for £6,000-8,000.
The vase was a gift from by the Chester Beatty family to mark the retirement of Thomas Horat Bradford as managing director of their mining company Selection Trust Ltd., which had been founded by Alfred Chester Beatty in 1913. It has been consigned to the Canterbury auction by Mr Bradford’s daughter, who lives in Kent.
For further information, please contact the auctioneer on 01227 763337 or [email protected].