The increase in demand for fine Asian and Oriental art over the past 15 years or so has been nothing short of dramatic. Martel Maides Auctions has been well-positioned to assist clients in this sector and several collections have been consigned by local Channel Island vendors who have inherited fine pieces collected by ancestors who travelled the world in the military or diplomatic services.
International buyers are now reached by exposing the pieces to the world on three websites: Invaluable; The Saleroom; and EasyLive.
Items offered range from Chinese plates and bowls to vases, pillboxes, snuff bottles, brush pots, jade items, silk scroll paintings and fine silk robes.
Fine ivory objects used to be a regular highlight of our catalogue sales, but we are now unable to accept ivory for auction unless restricted to local Guernsey resident buyers.
In recent years we have sold a rare Qing Dynasty kingfisher feather diorama for £18,000; a Guangxu period silk scroll painting signed Yin Zhao and dated 1884 for £17,500; and a Qing Dynasty carved and reticulated bamboo parfumier for £10,500.
A world record price of £1,020,000 was bid for an extremely rare pair of 18th century Chinese Yongzheng bowls and at the same sale, a third similar bowl achieved £280,000 on behalf of a local vendor who had used all three bowls to serve snacks in at Christmas.