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Famille Rose Charger Steals the Show


Over 350 lots went under the hammer in Brown and Turner’s auction of Antiques, Fine Art, Jewellery and Classic Cars on Saturday.  The highlight was Lot 57, a Large Chinese Famille Rose Charger of The Qing Dynasty (Guangxu period 1874-1908), with the hammer going down at £27,000.

The Charger was consigned from Northumberland and gained huge interest with 6 internet bidders taking the lot up to £23,000.  The 8 telephone bidders then took over, with the hammer going down at £27,000. The buyer was UK based and delighted with his purchase.

It is believed that the Charger, along with other Chinese porcelain, was imported from China at the beginning of the last century, by the vendor’s Great Uncle.  The Charger then passed to the vendor’s Grandfather in a game of cards to divide the childless Great Uncle’s estate.  Subsequently it passed to the vendor from her mother.  The news of the sale was a great surprise to the vendor on her return from holiday on Tuesday.

Dennis Clark, Brown and Turner’s Auctioneer and Valuer, said, “We were delighted with the Famille Rose Charger and the interest we gained in it. It is a beautiful piece depicting two polychrome Imperial five claw dragons, synonymous with the Emperor, symbolising his imperial power.  During the Qing dynasty the 5 claw dragon was strictly reserved for the Emperor’s use.  The final hammer price was significantly above the market estimate and highlights the exciting element of auctions. It is great to find a piece like this locally and underlies the reach we have globally.”

Brown & Turner took over the auction house in Jedburgh 2 years ago, with some already notable lots going under the hammer.  A Fine and Rare Italian Florentine Grand Tour Scagliola Table Top, Circle of Don Pietro Belloni, circa mid 18th century, made £19,500 and A Fine French Painted & Ruby & Diamond Set Fan by Jules Donzel, circa 1880, made £8,000, one of the highest priced fans sold in the UK.

Do you have a hidden gem at home? Brown & Turner carry out free valuations including classic cars at their showroom in Jedburgh, 36 High Street, to book an appointment call 01835 863445.  They will also be in the following areas on these dates: St Boswells – Wednesday 9th October; Alnwick – Wednesday 16th October; Berwick – Wednesday 23rd October; Morpeth – Wednesday 30th October; Haddington – Wednesday 6th November; Dumfries – Wednesday 13th November; Lanark – Wednesday 20th November; Peebles – Wednesday 27th November; Carlisle – Wednesday 4th December. To book your valuation slot please call 01835 863445.