was sold for only £950, notwithstanding its provenance as part of the collection of John "China" Reeves, the East India Company's Chief Tea Inspector on the China Coast.
This vermilion pouch and leather notebook, together, fetched only £100.
There were, however, some high prices achieved at the same auction. This set
"A MAGNIFICENT, CHINESE "WHITE" JADE SCHOLARS OR ALTAR SET, Qianlong/Jiaqing, comprising: A "censer" and cover, (Fangding) in the form of an archaic ritual vessel, the lid with a coiled dragon finial, the stone of an even translucent pale celadon white tone, with simulated russet "inclusions" apparently applied in paint at the time of manufacture to disguise minor flaws in the stone, 5.75" high (147mm) A vase of flattened baluster form carved with stiff leaves, the stone of an even translucent pale celadon- white tone with snowy white inclusions, 5 1/8" high (132mm) A cushion-shaped box with a panel of archaistic carving to the lid, the stone of an even translucent pale celadon-white tone with minor snowy-white inclusions, 2.5" wide (64mm) Apparently retaining the original carved hardwood stands with "silver"-wire inlay, 10.75" high overall (273mm) Provenance: Apparently acquired by John Reeves after his arrival in Canton in 1812 and thence by descent."was sold for £130,000.
The Auction was held by Duke's Auctions of Dorchester, and the results can be found at:
Reeves collection auction page 1
Reeves collection auction page 2
Edited by William O'Chee, 10 April 2009 - 05:00 PM.