HOUSTON – Prince Castle Auctions, in just their second auction utilizing LiveAuctioneers’ bid platform, recorded outstanding results on April 1 for Asian art and antiques. More than 300 approved bidders participated in the online-only auction through LiveAuctioneers, accounting for $126,000 in sales. Numerous items in the 120-lot auction far exceeded presale estimates.
The leading lot purchased through LiveAuctioneers was a small Imperial coffee-glazed bowl (above) having a Xuande mark and of the period. Measuring 4 1/4 inches in diameter, the bowl sold for $48,000. Its estimate was $2,000-$3,000.
Estimated at $4,000-$5,000, the star attraction of the sale was an Imperial iron-red reverse-decorated dish having a Yongzheng mark and of the period, which sold for an astounding $84,000. Attached to the 6.5-inch dish was an original Christie’s label.
Both aforementioned objects were from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wilson, who were originally from UK and now retired in California. They acquired the collection mainly in London and Paris.
Smaller still, an Imperial ruby enameled bowl (below), Yongzheng mark and of the period, sold to a bidder through LiveAuctioneers for $18,000. The bowl, which was estimated at $1,000-$1,500, measured just 2 1/2 inches in diameter. It was from the estate of John Pearson, who was a former U.S. Navy pilot stationed in Japan and Taiwan during the 1950s-1960s.
A 9-inch-tall Imperial ruby enameled bottle vase bearing a Qianlong mark and of the period sold to a LiveAuctioneers bidder for $39,000. It had been estimated at $2,000-$3,000.
Also from the Wilsons’ collection, a pair of Imperial iron-red dragon cup stands, Kangxi mark and of the period, achieved $21,600.
A large grisaille-decorated brush washer, Yongzheng Period, sold to a LiveAuctioneers bidder for $9,600. Bearing a Chait Galleries New York label, it was expected to sell for $1,000-$1,500.
All of the lots in the sale were offered without reserve, meaning they sold to the highest bidders no matter the price.
LiveAuctioneers accounted for 29,000 unique visitors to the online catalog, clocking in 42,000 page views.