Reflections on an Asian fine art auction


Golding Young, Grantham
Collective Sale, Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd August, 9am

Golding Young, Bourne
Collective Sale, Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th August, 9am

Golding Young, Lincoln
Fine Art Sale, Wednesday 23rd August, 9am
Collective Sale, Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st August, 9am

John Taylors, Louth
Sale of Antiques, Furniture, Ceramics, Pictures, Jewellery, Watches, Coins and Silver etc,
Tuesday 1st August, 10am

Stamford Auction Rooms, Stamford
Modern Art, Studio Ceramics & Mid Century, Saturday 26th August, 10am

Unique Auctions, Lincoln
Antiques & Collectors, including Gold, Jewellery, Silver, Furniture, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August, 9am

Please refer to the websites of each company to see the most recent updates on auction details.

Words by:
William Gregory MRICS
Featured in:
July 2023

By William Gregory MRICS, Golding Young and Mawer.

A 14th or maybe 15th-century Persian mirror shone out at Golding Young & Mawer’s June Asian Fine Art Sale.

Consigned to the auction by a Lincolnshire Wolds collector, the mirror was thought to have originated from the Ilkhanid or Timurid dynasty; finely decorated with old inlaid Persian calligraphy and a central arabesque and floral design. The front flat steel surface would have been highly polished for use as a hand mirror.

The inscription often features a poem, which loosely translates as “With a pure heart (like a mirror) you can realise the image of God.”

Bidding started at £5,000 and quickly got up to five figures, ending with a final bid of £22,000.

Other notable results from the auction include £4,800 for a pair of impressive Chinese Canton porcelain vases, each standing 88cm high.

A pair of Chinese blue and white porcelain circular plaques more than trebled their pre-auction estimate, selling for £850.

Meanwhile £550 was bid for a 19th-century Chinese porcelain spill vase.

In the metalware section, a Chinese brass circular two-handled censer exceeded expectations as the hammer fell at £900.

The furniture section saw a pair of late 19th-century carved hardwood and double topped iron stands sell for just under top estimate at £550.

Full results for the 470 lot auction can be found at

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