An Indian silver tea service discovered at a charity antiques valuation day in Bridgnorth sold for £1,850 at an Asian Art auction in Shrewsbury.
Dated 1900 Tarachund Parsram, Bombay, the tea service will be heading back to India after being secured by an internet bidder at fine art auctioneers Halls’ 300-lot auction.
Owned by the same family since the early 1900s, the tea service was chased with mythical figures and beasts to arcaded terraces, the handles and spouts formed as elephant heads and trunks.
“It belonged to the vendor’s great uncle, a skilled engineer who had gone out to India to fit out a cotton mill,” said Alexander Clement, Halls’ Asian art specialist. “He did such great work that the mill owner told him to choose a gift as a reward.
“He went to the local bazaar and chose this fine Indian silver tea set. I am delighted for the vendor that it sold so well at auction.”
A reverse painting on glass of a shipping scene by 19th century Chinese artist Fatqua, claimed the auction’s top price of £2,200 to the delight of an Asian Art collector from Ludlow. Two other shipping scenes on glass by the same artist and from the same vendor exceeded their pre-sale estimates as they sold for £750 each.
Other leading prices were £1,250 for a Chinese bronze arrow vase, possibly Ming, £1,100 for an 18th century Chinese Famille Rose dessert plate from a North Shropshire vendor and £1,000 for two 19th century Chinese Canton ivory card cases from an Oswestry vendor.
Mr Clement said the Famille Rose dessert plate, which had a pre-sale estimate of up to £250, appealed to buyers because it was well painted and richly decorated.
A 19th century Chinese blue and gilt hu form vase sold for £950, a 20th century Chinese rosewood dining suite made £900, a pair of 19th century Chinese carved hardwood urn stands made £800 and a 19th century Chinese cinnabar lacquer tray, a late 18th or early 19th century Chinese nephrite jade figure of a ram holding a lingzhi mushroom between its front legs and an amber bead necklace sold for £700 each.
A Japanese ivory okimono of a farmer from the Meiji period sold for £570 two 19th century Chinese Canton ivory brise fans from the Qing dynasty sold for £520 and £460 respectively and a Japanese bronze figure of an elephant being attacked by tigers from the Meiji period sold for £400.
Mr Clement said he was pleased with a series of good results in the auction.