The Chinese have long been fascinated by jade and they often relate the semi-precious stone to a beautiful woman, prosperity and success and attribute it to healing and wisdom. For them, jade is a precious stone of great beauty. They say when you wear a piece of jade, you are wearing a beautiful stone that is personal to your body. And legend has it that if a woman wears jade, she would marry a rich and powerful husband.
It was little surprise therefore to see a good entry of jade at the latest sale of Antiques and Collectables at the Mendip Auction Rooms greeted with very strong Asian interest with a number of pieces selling well above estimate.
Once again, there was an excellent entry of some 800 lots going under the hammer. Another good entry of jewellery was on offer with strong prices achieved. A modern yellow metal pair of single stone diamond stud ear rings achieved £1500 and an 18ct white gold emerald and diamond bracelet £1100. Two Rolex Oyster perpetual datejust watches sold for £2500 and £1900 respectively.
Quality pictures were viewed by specialist buyers visiting the auction rooms for the first time and were excited at what they saw. An original painting by Edgar Hunt (1976 – 1953) achieved £5200 and a small pencil and watercolour portrait believed to be of The Princess Sophy Mertschersky £2200.
There was an interesting entry of militaria that attracted strong bidding. A Japanese Katana with scabbard made £550, a Third Reich Luftwaffe dress dagger £390 and a double flintlock pistol £380.
The next sale of Antiques & Collectables will be on Saturday 7th July and entries are invited. General sales of more modern effects will take place on Tuesday 3rd July and Tuesday 17th July.
Remember, the auction rooms are open every weekday morning between 10am and 1pm or contact the team to arrange a free home visit. The auction rooms can also arrange professional and trusted house clearances ensuring items that can be sold are!