Antique Teapots hit top prices at Bonhams

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2015-06-26 11:25:44

Two antique teapots have soared to astonishing prices at Bonhams auctions in recent weeks.

The start of November saw a rare gold-inlaid iron tetsubin and cover by Asai of Kyoto go under the hammer. Dating from the Meiji Period, the teapot featured panels depicting the famous Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto and the Togetsukyo Bridge in Arashiyama. Offered with a pre-sale estimate of £1,200-£1,800, the teapot attracted a flurry of bids and realized a staggering final price of £92,500.

“Japanese art is one of the few areas of the market where conventional valuation often fails to reflect intrinsic merit and collector appeal," said Suzannah Yip, Head of Japanese Art at Bonhams.

"In this case it looks as though some well informed buyers at our sale were bowled over by the unusually high quality of the teapot and were determined to have it, driving the price up and giving us this amazing result”.

This impressive was result was followed by another just weeks later. The Fine European Ceramics and Glass sale in London on November 26 featured an 18th century Meissen teapot The teapot was produced circa 1725-30, and had formerly been part of the renowned von Klemperer Collection of Meissen porcelain. Much of the collection was destroyed or damaged by bombing during World War II, with surviving pieces now highly sought after by modern collectors.

The desirable nature of the piece was clearly evident in its final price, as it more than doubled its top estimate of £50,000 to bring a final result of £128,500.

“This is a truly magnificent piece," commented Nette Megens, European Ceramics Specialist at Bonhams, following the sale. "Its well-known shape is eclipsed by its extraordinary decoration. Together with its solid provenance, it is a very desirable piece. It just goes to show, great things can come in all sizes and shapes!”

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