Chinese antiques auctioned in Sydney

Added On May 26, 2019

 A collection of rare Chinese artifacts went up for auction in Sydney this week, netting combined sales of over 480,000 U.S. dollars. Lifestyles has the story.

Bonhams facilitated the sale of around 100 ceramics, carvings and works of art from China, with the highest priced being a work by literati painter Huang Binhong, titled "Recluse by the Stream".
This work sold for 42,000 U.S. dollars.
SOUNDBITE(Chinese): YVETT KLEIN, Specialist of Asian Art at Bonhams
"The auction featured several private collections, including works of artists from the Lingnan School, a style of painting from the Guangdong or Lingnan region of China, porcelain from the Ming and Qing Dynasties, as well as stationery left by Chinese artists who lived in Australia."
A pair of famille-rose "dragon and phoenix" bottle vases from the turn of the century also caught buyers' attention, fetching 21,000 U.S. dollars.
Bonhams Asian Art department normally hosts two auctions per year, primarily catering to Chinese buyers who are living in or visiting Australia, although they attract a reasonable amount of interest from local collectors as well.
SOUNDBITE(Chinese): YVETT KLEIN, Specialist of Asian Art at Bonhams
"Porcelain from official kilns in the Ming and Qing Dynasties, porcelain from the Song and Yuan Dynasties and small bits of stationery are more popular among the Australian local collectors, while the calligraphy and paintings are more welcomed by overseas buyers."
Also up for sale were some older pieces including ceramics from the 12th to 13th century, namely several small bowls which sold for up to 2,500 U.S. dollars each.
Catering especially to Chinese buyers, Bonhams have been able to recognize what collectors want and provide pieces that fit those needs.
SOUNDBITE(Chinese): YVETT KLEIN, Specialist of Asian Art at Bonhams
"We started auctions of calligraphy and paintings in recent years and witnessed a fast growth."