Bonhams On a Treasure Hunt In Edinburgh Chinese Art Specialist to Offer Free Valuations On 30th January

Fine Art Auctioneers Bonhams is offering free Chinese Art valuations at its Edinburgh HQ at 22 Queen Street on 30 January 2012. The Department Director of Chinese Art from New Bond Street London, Asaph Hyman, will be on hand to offer advice and specialist opinion - by appointment - on anything from vases and snuff bottles to ivory and bronze.

Asaph arrives in Edinburgh hot foot from Bonhams latest Fine Chinese Art sale in November which made over £24m and featured a stunning £9m famille-rose vase.

With its international network of salerooms, Bonhams is able to place objects for sale wherever the demand for them is strongest. A very rare pair of famille-rose tea pots found in Scotland, for example, was entered into Bonhams Fine Chinese Art Sale in London in May 2011 and sold for £1.3m. Asaph is hoping the valuation day on 30 January will unearth similar treasures.

Asaph Hyman said, "Scotland has a wealth of Chinese art treasure and I'm really looking forward to helping people understand more about their possessions. So many things sit overlooked on mantle shelves or neglected in attics and this is a great opportunity to find out what they may be worth."

Valuations will be held at 22 Queen St Edinburgh between 12.00 – 4.00 on 30 January. Appointments can be made by contacting Asha Edwards on 0131 240 2299 or


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to

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