Online bidders bolster stellar results at Dallas Auction Gallery
DALLAS – Chinese antiques topped the charts at Dallas Auction Gallery’s sale on Dec. 9, many purchased by bidders using the online live bidding provided by LiveAuctioneers.
“We had a great sale last night,” said Lauren Laughry of Dallas Auction Gallery. “We had over 32 different countries bidding with us.”
She noted that most of the top Chinese items were purchased by buyers from China.
An online bidder paid $15,925 (results include premiums) for an 8 1/2-inch Chinese Qing Qianlong oxblood porcelain vase, circa 1736-1975. Estimated at $1,500-$2,500, the vase was inscribed with a poem of the Emperor Qiaglong. Restoration was noted.
Also selling to an online bidder were 16 pieces of Chinese Wing porcelain dinnerware decorated in blue and red, finely painted to depict bats in clouds. The lot contained 14 bowls and two dishes, the largest piece measuring 7 1/2 inches in diameter. Dating to 1875-1908 and estimated at $2,000-$4,000, the lot sold for $10,412.
One hundred-twenty lots sold via the Internet/LiveAuctioneers, a 32.4 percent online sell-through rate. More than 400 bidders were approved to participate online, and they left 509 absentee bids. Online bidders also accounted for 109 underbids. Nearly 6,000 persons viewed the electronic catalog through LiveAuctioneers, and logged more than 80,000 page views.
The top item in the 370-lot sale turned out to be a Chinese Qing dynasty Jianqing nine-panel screen with porcelain plaques inlaid to depict boys playing in a landscape. The 200-year-old screen measured 90 inches long by 47 1/2 inches high. Estimated at $3,000-$5,000, the screen reached $23,900.
An 11 1/2-inch Chinese Ming gilt cloisonné Meiping vase having a comparable estimate spiked to $17,925. Depicted with cranes, butterflies, peonies, lotus and rocks, the vase had a four-character mark, which read Jingtai production. A hole had been drilled in the bottom. It dated to the 16th or 17th century.
A Chinese Qing Jiaqing Imperial famille rose porcelain bowl marked Great Qing Jiaqing production or the period, 5 3/4 inches in diameter, sold for $19,120, more than doubling the high estimate.
From the estate of a U.S. diplomat stationed in Central America for many years, a 9 3/8-inch pre-Columbian cylinder vase of Salvadorian Mayan design sold for $9,560. Restored from large fragments, the 9 3/8-inch jar was decorated with a repeating primary glyph sequence that included two standing lords (El Rey) and a seated possible sub-lord.
For details contact Dallas Auction Gallery, 214-653-3900.
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