We have led the Chinese & Asian Art auction market for many years with specialist Ray Tregaskis as Head of Department. Ray has more than 30 years’ industry experience and, in 2015, we welcomed Luke Guan, who speaks fluent Mandarin, to the team.
In 2012, we set a new record for a Chinese work of art sold at auction in Australia, with the sale of a 15th-century Chinese gilt bronze figure for AU$1.22 million (pictured above).
Auction highlights in 2015 included: a rare Chinese marble tiered base, Tang Dynasty, 697–698, which sold for AU$70,150; a Tibeto-Chinese gilt bronze figure of White Tara, 18th/19th century, which sold for AU$46,360; and a fine Kassa Mala Kingdom gilt-bronze figure of Green Tara (Syamatara), which sold for AU$39,040.
Another highlight was the auction of The Peter Elliott Collection, featuring a significant section of Asian art, which attracted competitive bidding from around the globe. This section of the auction realised a total of AU$1,347,880 against a low estimate of AU$282,330, with highlights including: a large Longquan mallet vase, Yuan dynasty (1271–1368), which sold for AU$73,200 against a pre-sale estimate of AU$3,000–5,000; a Longquan ware tripod censer, Yuan dynasty (1271–1368), which sold for AU$53,680; and a fine Ding ware saucer dish, Jin dynasty (1115–1234), which sold for AU$51,240 against an estimate of AU$8,000–12,000.