DON’T KNOCK IT

Lancashire Life - - ANTIQUES -

Ja­panese cloi­sonné is ex­ceed­ingly frag­ile. The slight­est knock can dis­lodge the minute pieces of coloured vit­re­ous enam­els held in­side the equally small, metal wire com­part­ments, or ‘clois­sons’, that form the dec­o­ra­tive de­sign of a piece. Restora­tion is nigh on im­pos­si­ble un­less tack­led by highly skilled spe­cial­ists. Clearly the buyer of this im­pres­sive 20th cen­tury vase, which had dam­age to the neck area, was un­per­turbed. Dec­o­rated with the highly sig­nif­i­cant ex­otic birds of par­adise, sym­bol­is­ing free­dom and joy, and chrysan­the­mums, longevity and re­ju­ve­na­tion, among scrolling fo­liage on a black ground, the nine-inch tall vase sold for £22,000 at Ger­rards rooms in Lytham St Annes. The bid­der on the tele­phone is the largest col­lec­tor of cloi­sonné in the UK, ac­cord­ing to the auc­tion­eers, who es­ti­mated to reflect its dam­age at £200-300.

Cato Crane, Liver­pool – 22: An­tiques & Fine Art, Col­lecta­bles

Ger­rards, St Annes – 2-3, 23-24: An­tiques & Fine Art

Halls, Shrews­bury – 1:

General 15: Coun­try House & Asian Art

Han­sons, Bish­ton Hall, Staffs – 9: Fryer Stamp Col­lec­tion 10: Harold Wil­son Col­lec­tion

Maxwells, Stock­port – 15: General, (am) An­tiques, Col­lecta­bles

Adam Par­tridge, Liver­pool – 1: An­tiques, Col­lecta­bles, Rock & Pop Mem­o­ra­bilia

Adam Par­tridge, Mac­cles­field – 23: An­tiques & Fine Art, Asian Art, Mu­si­cal In­stru­ments

Sil­ver­woods, Clitheroe – 1, 8, 15 22, 29: General 25: Ru­ral By­gones

Ten­nants, Ley­burn, North Yorks – 3, 18,

31: General 12: Mo­tor Cars, Mo­tor­cy­cles & Au­to­mo­bilia 15: Sci­en­tific & Mu­si­cal In­stru­ments, Cam­eras & Tools 18: Cos­tume, Ac­ces­sories & Textiles 23: Stamps, Post­cards & Postal His­tory 29: Coins & Ban­knotes

The Auc­tion Cen­tre, Run­corn – 11: Bri­tish Toy Auc­tions 25: An­tiques, Col­lecta­bles

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