Rare Huanghuali Side Table Makes £1.1 Million at Fine Chinese Art Sale

A rare huanghuali rectangular side table with giant's arms braces sold for £1,119,000 at Bonhams Fine Chinese Art sale in London today (16 May). It had been estimated at £40,000-60,000 and was the top lot in the sale which achieved a total of £7,189,355.

Bonhams Asian Art sale in Knightsbridge on Monday 13 May made £1,791,106 (highlights in the Top 10 below) leading to a combined total for the two sales of £8,960,460.

Other highlights included:

- A six-character mark green-enamelled incised 'dragon' dish, Chenghua (1464-1487), reign mark. Sold for £879,000 (£10,000-15,000)

- A rare pair of 17th century huanghuali horseshoe-back armchairs. Sold for £471,000 (£100,000-150,000)

- A magnificent and large gilt-bronze figure of Buddha Shakyamuni. Sold for £423,000 (£80,000-100,000).

- A fine and rare pair of famille rose 'goose' tureens and covers from the reign of the Qianlong Emperor (1735-1796). Sold for £187,560 (£150,000-200,000).

Bonhams Global Head of Ceramics and Chinese Works of Art, Asaph Hyman said, "This was a very strong sale, both in terms of record prices, as well as robust selling rates in what is a selective market. We are delighted with the outcome. It is a clear indication of the continued health of the Asian art market in London."


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewelry. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney. With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full list of forthcoming auctions, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit bonhams.com.


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