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Tibetan ceremonial gilt copper helmet caps $13K

An ornate Tibetan ceremonial gilt and copper helmet, circa 18th-19th century, tops $13K, finishing four times its high estimate at a May 31 sale at Waterford’s Art & Antiques Auctioneers.

BERLIN, N.J. — Waterford’s Art & Antiques Auctioneers’ May 31st Fine European, American and Chinese Art Auction brought over $2.3 million demonstrating the new

Tibetan ceremonial helmet

An 18th/19th C. Tibetan Gilt Copper Ceremonial Helmet, estimated at $2,000-3,000, realized $13,200. (Photo courtesy Waterford's)

auction’s continued strength in the Chinese art market. Since opening in November 2012, Waterford’s has held nine auctions with each bringing increasing success and reaching more and more bidders around the globe. In May, more than 850 bidders registered to bid online and in house for the auction.

The auction of over 450 lots included a wide range of objects from Chinese jade and Japanese woodblock prints, to European bronze statues and American pop culture memorabilia. Also featured were significant Chinese bronze mirrors and vessels from the Song to Han Dynasties that came from an important private collection. All prices include buyer’s premium.

The sale included many important Chinese paintings by 20th century artists. Notable high-lights from this group were Zhang Daqian (1899-1983) “Goddess with Flowers”, which brought $778,250, Daqian’s ‘Peony’, which brought $83,700, a Huang Zhou (1925-1977) painting for a large hall, which brought $674,750 and a Lin Fengmian (1900-1991) Chinese Painting, estimated at $2000-3,000, which realized $78,000.

Many items far exceeded their high estimates, including a Qing Dynasty Cloisonne Censer, estimated at $2,000-3,000, which realized $30,000, an 18th Century Chinese White Jade Snuff Bottle, estimated at $800-1,200, which realized $28,800, a Kangxi Period Imperial Edict, estimated at $6,000-8,000, which realized $16,800, an 18th-19th Century Tibetan Gilt Copper Ceremonial Helmet, estimated at $2,000-3,000, which realized $13,200, and a 15th Century Italian Embriachi Ciborium, estimated at $800-1200, which realized $5,700.

Waterford’s is now accepting consignments for its bi-annual Asian Art auction, to be held in correspondence with Asia Week New York in September 2014. The sale will include top works of Chinese Art from the Qing Dynasty, including jades, cloisonné, bronzes and porcelain, as well as important 20th century paintings.

For more information about consigning, buying and upcoming sales, contact Waterford’s Art & Antiques Auctioneers at (856) 336-5551 or visit