Missing Chinese Porcelain Goes to Auction


It’s pretty hard for priceless art to just go missing. That was the case for this collection of seventeenth-century Chinese porcelain from banker Anthony de Rothschild that was rediscovered in his daughter’s home.

The pieces had been gifted to her in 1948 when Rothschild donated the family home to the National Trust. When the house was given away, the world-famous collection was gifted to family members and museums, with his daughter getting pieces of it.

While most of the collection has since been accounted for, this specific selection of works had been stuffed away for years and only recently was brought back to the family’s attention. Rothschild maintained a meticulous inventory of his museum-quality collection and these missing pieces matched what had been missing for so many years.

A fine pair of Chinese gilt-metal mounted candelabra comprised of Kangxi period (1662-1722) porcelain parrots with a turquoise and aubergine glaze are expected to receive up to $7,200. French mid-18th century mounts could also fetch another $7,200.

Other works in the collection include Chinese white glazed figures of horses from the Kangxi period, an eighteenth-century white and russet jade model quail from the Qianlong period (1736-1795) and a vase and lingzhi fungus on a pierced rock base. Each of these works could go up to $6,000.

Dreweatts Chinese and Asian Art specialist Yingwen Tao said: “We are very honored to sell this rare group of rediscovered works that graced the collection of one of the greatest pioneer collectors of Chinese ceramics of the 20th century.

“I’m sure they will cause excitement and attract attention from collectors around the globe.”

The collection will be up for auction at Drewatts Auctioneers in Newbury, England, on November 9 and 10. They are a part of the Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art auction taking place.


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