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Bidders Get Cracking...

23rd October 2020

Lawrences’ auctions of ceramics cover a wide span of styles and skills but the auction on October 22nd found buyers for the vast majority (88%) of the lots on offer, with many good results for many happy vendors.

A selection of Decorative Arts included £1250 paid for an Art Deco bronze dancer by Josef Lorenzl called `The Echo` or `Tip Toes`; £1750 for a pair of Art Deco bronze bookends  by Roland Paris; £1000 for three carved wood figures by Kenyan woodcarver Juginder Lamba and a finely crafted games table/coffee table inlaid with a variety of woods (sycamore, maple, burr walnut etc) by David Linley that made £1500.

Within the ceramics section, an ironstone part service of 43 pieces made £1375; a Bristol porcelain `mask` jug doubled its estimate to make £1500; a Royal Worcester pot pourri vase and cover made £1375 and a Royal Worcester vase by celebrated decorator John Stinton, decorated with highland cattle, found bidders in a bullish mood and paying £2250.

A huge selection of Asian and Oriental ceramics and works of art comprised an Indian carved ivory group of Krishna, 17th Century, that took £5250; a Chinese hardwood opium table that made £1500; a Chinese celadon Yuan/early Ming dish, sold with six other pieces, that made £1875; two Chinese monochrome yellow vases at £6750; a group of twelve items including a blue and white vase, possibly Qianlong, at £4500; and a quintet of Chinese vases at £5250.

The section’s top price was paid for a pair of Chinese Wu Shang Pu baluster floor vases, 86cm high , decorated with 40 heroic figures from the Table of Peerless Heroes. Bought at auction in Winchester in 1948, the pair showed evident signs of cracked damages and repairs but made £13750 against hopes of £10000-15000.

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