Oriental art & fine diamonds catch the eye

Clarks’ May 21st sale sees the submission of numerous Chinese ceramic & bronze items. Auctioneer Paul Clark says “It can be a minefield for collectors of these type of items as many pieces are marked in tribute to Emperors of previous periods” adding “Sadly though this market is increasingly being exploited by copiests thus naturally undermining market confidence with certain items”.

A pair of period 17thC. Chinese bronze vases with lizards climbing the neck ask £200-300 whilst an early Chinese bronze vase with a pair of taotie mask handles lacking rings decorated with a band enclosing two shou characters against a leiwen style ask £100-200. There are several censers on offer a bronze “tea stain” censer of good quality should make at least £200-300. A 14thC. Yuan/Ming period longquan celadon dish should sell at £200-300 & a 1920‘s fine Chinese celadon glaze bowl after a somewhat earlier 14thC. design, asks £300-500.

There are numerous collectables & an entry of a engineers 3.5 gauge model train from Hollywood House of Liskeard, should gain interest. The early to mid 20thC. constructed model of a GWR City Of Bath model needs a little tlc but should accommodate its low guide of £300-400. A leather Gladstone doctors bag, formerly belonging to Dr. Scott, brother of Robert Falcon Scott of the Antarctic, sold with a photograph of him pictured with friend Mr. W. R. V. Jenkin asks a mere £50-60 whilst collectors of “trench art” should find a WW1 brass bi-plane made by German POW at Borchester in 1915 at £50-60 appealing.

Clarks once again have some fine jewellery entries. A c.1930-50 Tiffany & Co. diamond solitaire of approx. 0.85ct asks £1000-2000 whilst another platinum mounted diamond solitaire of 0.95ct will definitely catch the eye thanks to its outstanding cut is also priced at £1000-2000. There is more designer jewellery on offer & an 18ct gold Cartier Gentiane ring with original box hopes for £1000-1200 & a fine quality heavy gauge 18ct gold necklace by Chopard again with original box isn’t expensive at £1500-1800. An attractive pair of 18ct gold earrings set with emerald & diamonds ask £500-600 an interesting yellow metal ring, bearing a carved Roman intaglio portrait circa 1-2 A.D. is in at £500-600.