Chinese Kangxi pheasant bowl to join partner with $229,500 estimate


2015-06-26 13:14:28


Chinese Kangxi pheasant bowl to join partner with $229,500 estimate

The family who sold a Chinese Kangxi pheasant bowl in May 2012 have found its partner

A Chinese Kangxi pheasant bowl will be sold at Canterbury Auction Galleries in the UK later today (April 17).

Chinese Kangxi pheasant bowlWill the collector who bought last year's bowl return to complete the pair?

Valued at 150,000 ($229,668), the bowl has been consigned by the family who sold their prized ceramics for 900,000 with the auction house in May 2012.

During last year's auction, an identical bowl that is believed to be the partner of the current lot sold for 195,000 ($298,568), making an outstanding 1,525% increase on its 12,000 high estimate.

"We were all gobsmacked when my father's collection made so much money and my jaw hit the floor when the pheasant bowl sold for 195,000," commented Simon Evans. "Then a few days after the sale, my father suddenly announced that he thought there might have been a pair of the bowls. He had forgotten completely."

Evans states that his father was a meticulous collector and full records of all purchases were kept, but unfortunately the bowls had been omitted.

It was Evans' grandfather that first initiated the collection in 1925 when he began working for an Anglo-Chinese mining company near Beijing, and it has been carried on by the family ever since The bowls are decorated with a pair of pheasants among flowers and foliage, andoriginate from the end of the Kangxi period (1662-1722).

On April 9, Sotheby's set the world record for Kangxi ceramics when a tiny double lotus bowl sold for $9.5m in Hong Kong.

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