Many items we see and sell have travelled half around the world and survived two World Wars in various conditions. With the top pieces selling for the top prices being in top condition, we were therefore somewhat surprised when we sold a late 18th century Chinese porcelain censer sold for £125,000.
The censer had lived on top of a wardrobe in a Somerset farmhouse for several years and had gained a good covering of dust. With a broken and glued handle, and an associated cover, the client had previously been advised by another firm of auctioneers it was worth just £400. When consigned to Charterhouse, we expected it to sell for a five figure sum and it was featured on the cover of our auction catalogue. With 10 telephone lines booked from bidders in London, over to China, and across to New York, many bidders registered on line, and a corner of the saleroom full of expectant buyers, the hammer finally fell at £125,000 to a London telephone bidder.
The auction was followed with national press exposure, which turned up another Chinese censer with a new client in Northumberland. Dating to the early 19th century, being about 2/3 rds of the size, and with both handles crudely repaired, this censer sold to the same London telephone bidder at £15,000.
Another discovery on a routine valuation was a set of four Chinese porcelain panels. Two were hung on the walls, one upstairs, the other downstairs, with the other two hiding under a bed. With the owner moving into a care home, the family ask us over to help in clearing the property.
Although the panels date to around 1930, they were painted by one of China’s most important 20th century artists, and after protracted bidding, primarily from China, the hammer fell at £420,000.
All of our auctions use live internet bidding platforms to ensure that every lot, whether it is worth £20 or £500,000, reaches the widest possible market and sells for the best price possible. In the run up to an auction we receive 100’s of emails requesting further information for lots in the sale. Attached to these email replies, we regularly send well over 1,000 digital images, such is the huge interest generated in our auctions.
For further information regarding Asian items for auction and valuation, please contact Richard Bromell, Director firstname.lastname@example.org
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Richard Bromell has over 30 years of experience within the auction world. He originally started work in The Long Street Salerooms when it was owned by Phillips. Since then, he has worked for numerous firms of auctioneers from Bearne’s in Torquay up to Tennants in Yorkshire. If you call the office to arrange a free home visit, then it will probably be Richard who will see you at your property. Since the 1990’s, Richard has been involved in numerous antiques television programmes including Going for a Song (with both Michael Parkinson & Anne Robinson), Going, Going, Gone, Antiques Treasure Hunt, Antiques Road Trip and Flog It! In 2003 and 2004, Richard was nominated as one of the top four auctioneers in the country at The British Antique & Collectors Awards (BACA). This was the first time an auctioneer has been nominated for two consecutive years. What do you love about running Charterhouse? “The huge variety of items I see every day, from silver to medals. Every day is like Christmas, you never know what you are going to see!”
We are open from Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
Please come to the saleroom at any time for a free verbal valuation.
Viewing for antique auctions Wednesday 10 am to 6 pm and Thursday 10 am to 5 pm during sale week.
Antique Auctions start at 10 am on Friday with viewing from 8.30 am until 9.45 am.
There is limited viewing during the sale.
Viewing days and times vary for car sales.
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We are open from Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. Please come to the saleroom at any time for a free verbal valuation.
Our Sale Rooms in Long Street, Sherborne, Dorset
From The North Leave the M5 at Junction 25 and follow signs for Yeovil and then Sherborne. Sherborne Castle is on the South East side of the town.
From the East From the M3 take the A303 signposted Sherborne (via Wincanton)
From The West Take the A30 from Exeter and Honiton and follow signs to Yeovil then Sherborne
If you are thinking of staying in the area, the telephone number for
Sherborne Tourist Information is 01935 815341
accommodation we have recommended in the past, in order of proximity, includes;
- The Eastbury Hotel 01935 813131
- Bridleways 01935 814716
- The White Post 01935 851525
A useful website for accommodation is www.sherbornetown.co.uk