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Eastern promise for Friday 27th May Fine Art Sale…

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The notable presence of Oriental pieces in Cuttlestones’ Fine Art Sale this Friday, 27th May, has led to the creation of an entirely dedicated section within the auction. Combining exquisite craftsmanship and motifs from eastern culture, these exotic items are highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts for both their intricacy and decorative qualities – and, with China’s rapid economic growth, there has been resurgence in interest in Oriental art works; with many wealthy Chinese looking to buy back their artistic treasures. MD and chief auctioneer Ben Gamble commented:

We have seen a considerable rise in interest in Oriental pieces over the last twelve months – in fact, auction rooms across the country have seen such items go for way above the estimated sale prices – as we have such a great selection in the sale this week we have high hopes for strong interest, particularly from online International bidders.”

With over 40 Oriental lots in total, most of the pieces are of Chinese or Japanese origin and date from the late 17th Century onwards. One stand-out early piece – possibly of the Qianlong period – is a large, powder blue Chinese bottle vase with gilt decoration (lot 329) estimated to fetch £400-600. The Qianlong Dynasty was a passionate patron of the arts during its reign from 1735 – 1796, with a particular emphasis on ceramics and pottery.

An ivory Okimono figure of a dancing man holding blossom (lot 348), complete with red lacquer seal, is a fine example of Meiji period Japanese art that should also cause quite a stir – at an estimated £700-1000. This delightful item is typical of Okimono figures produced in the latter part of this period, which depict domestic and pastoral scenes with astonishing skill.

Other star items include two opulent Chinese carved Ivory snuff bottles with stoppers (lot 315) est. £80-120 – and a pair of serene Chinese Blanc de chine figure groups (lot 314) est. £300-500.

Be it ceramics, bronze pieces or delicate miniature carvings, this intriguing selection of lots offers something to captivate anyone with an interest in truly amazing craftsmanship.

The full catalogue for the Friday, 27th May Fine Art Sale is now available at Viewing will take place between 10am and 7pm on Thursday, 26th May and those unable to attend the sale in person will be able to bid via commission, telephone or live online through

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