Single Owner Collections Shine at Bonhams Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Sale in Hong Kong
The Dineley Collection: 88% Sold | Fine Snuff Bottles from the Angela Chua Collection: 82% Sold

In Bonhams' Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art sale in Hong Kong yesterday (26 November), The Dineley Collection of Chinese, Tibetan and Nepalese Buddhist Art achieved 88% sold by lot, led by an exceptionally rare large gilt copper-alloy group of Vajrabhairava and Vajravetali, 17th century Tibet (lot 13), which sold for a sweeping HK$ 11,335,625, over four times the pre-sale estimate (HK$ 2,500,000 – 3,500,000). Fresh to the market, the remarkable collection from Mark and Peter Dineley was sold across a series of sales at Bonhams in London Knightsbridge, London New Bond Street, and finally yesterday in Hong Kong. The combined sell-through rate for this single-owner collection of 46 lots was close to 90%.

Another single owner collection in the sale, Fine Snuff Bottles from the Angela Chua Collection, also attracted spirited bidding. The collection was 82% sold by lot, with a rare six-colour overlay glass snuff bottle Imperial, Palace Workshops, Beijing, 18th/19th century (lot 71) as the leading lot, selling for HK$ 313,125, doubling the estimate. A rare white jade 'aubergine' snuff bottle, 18th/19th century (lot 56) also sold for HK$ 263,125, over four times the pre-sale estimate (HK$ 60,000 – 80,000).

Further highlights from this sale include:

• A group of seven soapstone seals, Qing Dynasty, from the property of a lady (lot 76). Sold for HK$ 1,250,625, over eight times the pre-sale estimate (HK$ 150,000 – 200,000)

• A large imperial celadon-glazed 'dragon' charger, Yongzheng seal mark and of the period (lot 42). Sold for HK$ 1,125,625 (estimate: HK$ 600,000 – 800,000)

• A rare Imperial Beijing-enamel 'European subject' box and cover, blue-enamelled Qianlong four-character mark and of the period (lot 36). Sold for HK$ 1,000,625, over three times the pre-sale estimate (HK$ 300,000 – 500,000)

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