The first of two sales on consecutive days, The Considered Eye – is a carefully put together private collection of Asian Art from a Greek collector, who remains anonymous. Carefully put together over the past 40 years, the collection is a result of many trips abroad, where the collector slowly and methodically put together what can be said to be a fine collection. Spanning many media including Chinese mirrors, bronzes, snuff bottles, monochrome ceramics, amber, mark and period ceramics and perhaps most splendid the jades, the collection also comprises Japanese works of art. Numerous netsuke of fine quality and other smaller works of art associated with the art of the samurai.

The collector initially sought the valued opinion of reputable dealers Douglas K. Wright and Spink & Son to name a few, and with time visited many inspiring museum collections including the Ashmolean, Oxford, Percival David Foundation, British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and then further afield the Ethnographic Museum in Copenhagen, and the unique and exquisite China Pavilion at Drottningholm Palace, outside Stockholm. A trip to Japan ignited his interest in the arts of Meiji, where the absolute aesthetic appealed. Some highlights are pictured here.

1 Lot 190, a white jade chrysanthemum cup, estimate £15 000 – 20 000

A white jade creature, lot 167, £1 500-2 500 A white jade creature, lot 167, £1 500-2 500

A fine Peking enamel snuff bottle, lot 117, estimate £2 000-3 000 A fine Peking enamel snuff bottle, lot 117, estimate
£2 000-3 000

A curious brush rest of Yixing pottery, bearing the signature of the Ming master Chen Mingyuan, estimate £800 – £1 200 , lot 102 A curious brush rest of Yixing pottery, bearing the signature of the Ming master Chen Mingyuan, estimate £800 – £1 200, lot 102

Lot 84, a fine double gourd pale celadon vase with a brown wash rim, lot 84, estimate £2 000 – £3 000 Lot 84, a fine double gourd pale celadon vase with a brown wash rim, lot 84, estimate £2 000 – £3 000

Parallel to this sale, Lyon & Turnbull have a number of interesting this coming up on the 16th.

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One thing which has especially caught my eye is a monumental burlwood scholar's rock from a private collection, lot 561, a staggering 74cm high. Estimate £3 000-5 000. One of the finest examples I have seen.

7 Lot 583

Another fine thing is a 17th century rhino horn libation cup of such superb quality it is a pleasure to hold in the hand. From a private Scottish collection, it was reputedly bought from St Andrew's dealer Robert Howe in the 1970's.

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A further work of art which caught my eye are the repoussé wall panel, lot 512, of very fine craftsmanship. A true gem unfortunately beyond my budget at £4 000-6 000.

9 Lot 473
Estimate £60 000 – 80 000 pounds

Further highlights include a Qin dynasty tiger tally, inscribed for the recipient. Acquired by W. Correya in the 1950/60's whilst he was stationed in the Himalayas as a merchant trader.

aww Another fine bronze is lot 464, a 15th/16th century figure of Zhenwu of very fine cast and quality. Estimate £15 000 – £20 000

Lot 513 Estimate £20 000 – £30 000 Lot 513
Estimate £20 000 – £30 000

A kesi panel 'hundred boys' scroll, 260cm long, is of astounding quality and of a great length for such a fine tapestry.

Lot 690, estimate £2 000 – £3 000 Lot 690
Estimate £2 000 – £3 000

A truly rare item is the Cizhou style vase with an interesting provenance.

12 Lot 719
Estimate £10 000 – £15 000.

To set the monochrome heart aflutter, this lime green Yongzheng period dish is a true rarity. With some cracks, it will still do well.

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Another item with interesting provenance which should do well. Qianlong mark and period jardinière. Estimate 20,000 – 30,000 pounds. Lot 757. And lastly, two fine examples of Jiaqing porcelain from the collection of Ensign C. P. Killeen - at modest estimates compared to how well some of these have been selling at auction lately. We shall see next week how it all goes. A report will follow.

Lot 833 Estimate £5 000 – £10 000 Jiaqing mark and period Lot 833
Estimate £5 000 – £10 000
Jiaqing mark and period

Lot 834 Jiaqing mark and period Estimate £20 000 – £40 000 Lot 834
Jiaqing mark and period
Estimate £20 000 – £40 000

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All images courtesy of Lyon & Turnbull.

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