Lost treasure rediscovered: Chinese Imperial bamboo brushpot mounted as a lamp sells for record $126,000 at iGavel.com


NEW YORK – On May 12, a recently rediscovered lost Chinese Imperial bamboo brushpot, which had been mounted as a lamp, was sold for a record price at iGavel.com. The brushpot, complete with a long inscription and scene depicting the cultivation of cotton, had been mounted as a lamp sometime in the first half of the 20th century. This rare lot fetched $126,000 at auction.

Lark E. Mason, the CEO and Founder of iGavel.com, and an authority on Chinese art, identified the brushpot, which was the highlight of the Asian, Ancient and Ethnographic Works of Art Auction that ended recently at iGavel.com.

One hundred eighty four lots were sold, totaling more than half a million dollars. The auction was a success despite fears of a weakened global economy, with mainland Chinese buyers dominating the bidding.

Highlights of the auction included a pair of Huanghuali horseshoe-back armchairs, 18th century, fetching a total of $21,000, and a pair of Chinese gilt-decorated black lacquer armchairs, 18th century, which fetched $22,500. Numerous lots realized prices substantially over their estimates.

Since its founding in 2003 by Lark Mason, iGavel has sold a number of significant examples of Asian fine art, antiques, and furniture. Lark Mason is an expert in the Asian Art field known to many from his appearances in the PBS series, The Antiques Roadshow.

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Chinese Imperial Bamboo Brushpot, 18th century. Photo courtesy iGavel.com.

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