Next time you are at a garage sale, keep your eye out for ancient Chinese objects of art. You never know....
This from the New York Post: A New York family scored a huge payday when this small bowl, which
they bought at a garage sale for $3, turned out to be a 1,000-year old
Chinese piece that sold for $2.2 million at Sotheby’s. The
family bought the rare bowl at the secondhand sale in 2007, and kept it
sitting on their mantle for years, the auction house said.
becoming curious, the bargain hunters began consulting experts about the
bowl. They finally brought the piece to Sotheby’s, which estimated it
would sell for somewhere in the $200,000 to $300,000 range. But
yesterday, London art dealer Giuseppe Eskenazi blew away those figures
when he plunked down $2.2 million for the museum-quality piece.
The small Chinese pottery bowl that started as a $3 tag sale only to turn into a massive $2.2 million windfall at auction.He beat four other bidders for the Northern Song dynasty bowl — known
as a Ding bowl — which dates back to the 10th or 11th century.There is only one other bowl like it in the world, and it is in the British Museum.A little less than 5 1/2 inches in diameter, the multimillion-dollar bowl could be mistaken for a decorative ashtray.Early-era Ding wares are known for their small utilitarian qualities, Sotheby’s said.Author
Rose Kerr believes the ornamental Ding bowls were made to mimic the
more elaborate gold and silver wares that were common in palaces.
ancient piece is described as a Ding bowl because of the county Ding in
the Hebei province where the kilns used to make the bowls were housed. The
Ding bowl owned by the British Museum in London has been on display for
more than 60 years, since it was bequeathed by famous collector Henry
This isn’t the first big buy for Eskenazi. In 2005,
the Turkish-born dealer paid $23.5 million for a rare blue-and-white
jar from the 14th century at a Christie’s auction. Sotheby’s would not identify the lucky bowl sellers, only to say that they were a family from somewhere in New York state.
Earlier this month, a collection of abstract Impressionist art found in a Long Island garage was appraised at $30 million.
owners of the bungalow found thousands of paintings and drawings by the
Armenian-American artist Arthur Pinajian in 2007. They were later
appraised by art historian Peter Hastings Falk and shown at the
Antiquorum Gallery in Midtown.
Question: Hello I just came across your website as I was looking for information
about a vase I have. Usually I am pretty good at finding information
about objects on line. I can find no information about this vase online
and I was wondering if you could help me. The vase stands about 5" and
the the lighter green decorations on the vase are indentations. It has
two marks on the bottom. I am not sure if the marks are Chinese or
Japanese. Thank you.
RD Langer Answwers: The vase appears to have a celadone underglaze which would make it Chinese.
Question: I recently purchased these pieces at an antique store in Chinatown in San Francisco. I don't know if you can do both, so which ever you feel like appraising is fine. I will be very grateful. The vases are 6 inches in height, and the foo dogs are 13.5 inches high.Thank you very much!
RD Langer replies: Ms. Lee, from the photos, both items look modern to me. They realy need to be examined, but they are possibly worth $100. each lot.
RD Langer Answers: Senada, the mark appears to be of the Republic period. (around 1940) I would estimate a value of around $150. However, I suggest you e-mail Dessa Goddard at Bonhams, and see if she has a different view. There isa mark on the outside of the bowl, with a Chinese poem, which may add some value.
Question: Hi can you give me any info on my chinese pewter/metal tea pot???? It is
decorative glass panels with figures. If a mark on the spout and the bottom of
the vase. Do you know the marking might be??? The age and if its of any value.
it’s 6.5 “ high.Thanks Sheila
RD Langer Answers: Sheila, I have seen these in Hong Kong along Hollywood Road. Value $125-150.
Question: Hello, I bought this bowl recently at a yard sale. I cannot locate anything exactly like it online. Several similar at 165.00 and up.The bottom showing the mark is not cracked. It has some sticker
residue around the mark. Could you advise me any info on this piece? Thank you. - Mary
RD Langer Answers: The bowl is Chinese--USD50.-75 value.