FLAT ROCK, N.C. – An early Oushak room-size Oriental rug hammered for $11,000 at the annual Asian & Oriental Auction held Nov. 16-17 by Richard D. Hatch & Associates. More than 1,500 lots changed hands at a sale that was strong both days. The Oushak rug was the top lot. Prices quoted do not include a 10 percent in-house buyer’s premium or a 15 percent online and absentee buyer’s premium.
Pair of Chinese cloisonne palace vases, 38” tall, with gorgeous bird and floral decorations realized $1,400.
Early rugs did well overall. A Kord type runner, over 11feet long, realized $1,900, while an early silk prayer rug crossed the block at $1,100. A room-size Sarouk saw a high bid of $1,300, and an early tribal rug soared to $6,000. An early runner sailed past the high estimate of $400-$600, finally selling to a determined phone bidder for $7,000.
Carved ivory piqued the interest of the crowd, and it seemed the bigger the piece the higher the price was realized. A massive 26-inch-tall goddess figure changed hands for $5,000, while a 48-inch tusk exhibiting fine carving brought $4,750. Carved mystery balls, with stands, sold for prices ranging from $200 for the smallest to $3,250 for the largest piece.
Large Chinese carved mystery ball on stand, over 18” tall, with twelve layers and great floral carvings realized $3,250.
Netsukes (Japanese carved toggles, used to secure sagemono to the waist belt, or “obi,” from a cord), hammered for prices ranging from $70 to $300. A fine collection of snuff bottles crossed the block quickly, barely keeping pace with Hatch’s breathtaking average of 100 lots sold per hour, at prices ranging from $40 for a modest ivory example to over $200 for earlier carved stone examples.
Japanese cloisonne on porcelain large tea cannister (or ginger jar), 10” tall, brought $950.
A collection of early Japanese woodblocks was offered, most of them from a local mansion. Condition problems plagued several pieces, accounting for the final price range of $50-$150 each. Chinese plaques, however, excited the crowd by exceeding the high estimates. One pair, expected to fetch no more than $500, brought $5,500; and a couple of $200-$300 estimates fetched $1,200 and $1,300 each.
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