Circa-1800 Chinese bowls sell for $26,400

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A pair of Chinese porcelain bowls sold for $26,400, including 15 percent buyer’s premium, at the third-anniversary sale of Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches on June 26.

The bowls date from the reign of the fifth emperor of the Chinese Ch’ing dynasty, known as Chia Ch’ing, 1796-1820. Bearing the seal of the reign, the two red-ground finely painted bowls measured 4 inches high by 8 1/8 inches wide. They were estimated at $500-$1,000 for the pair. The bowls will eventually be sent to Hong Kong, according to auction co-owner Brian Kogan.

The sale featured lots from the estate of Palm Beach antiquarian and third-generation English porcelain dealer Alfred Peter Rochelle-Thomas; a French Art Deco perfume bottle collection from the estate of New York artist Arthur Holland; French and Italian furniture from a Miami home; and American furniture from a Plantation, Fla.-area home.

A French display cabinet, circa 1900, with a drop-front desk in the center section and curved glass display areas sold for $20,700. The kingwood cabinet, 65 inches high and 63 inches wide, was decorated with ormolu ribbon and floral swags and caryatids that had been added after the original manufacture.

A 17-inch tall Majolica pottery hanging wall bracket with a parrot figure and an illegible maker’s mark, in fair condition with some loss to the feathers, estimated at $100/$150, realized $2,530.

The next Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches art and antique sale is scheduled for Aug. 21 at 5 p.m. For more information call 561-805-7115, or log on to