Oriental Flair at Bellmans

This February, Bellmans Auctioneers, Wisborough Green, West Sussex is to auction a large and varied assortment of exciting Oriental items. They will go under the hammer on Wednesday 19th February from 10.00am, as part of the bi-monthly Oriental Works of Art auctions held at Bellmans. The sale includes an eclectic and unusual mix of items, with dates ranging from the late 17th century right up to more contemporary 20th century pieces.

The items have been privately consigned locally, which Managing Director Jonathan Pratt describes as a success for Bellmans, stating “these stunning examples prove that it is possible to successfully sell specialist items of this nature outside of London”

Sale highlights include lot 333, a late 19th/early 20th century plaque, stunningly painted in the famille rose style, which is expected to exceed its estimate of £600-£800. Similarly noteworthy are lots 289 and 290; albums containing vibrant organic watercolours on delicate rice paper (an example illustrated below). These are nicely preserved in their original album form rather than having been separated and mounted, which sets them head and shoulders above many comparable items, and sees them attributed a sale estimate of £800-£1000 each.


oriental lot 290


There is also excitement surrounding lot 294, a coral snuff bottle (illustrated below), which depicts a wise old sage with two rams, and demonstrates a fantastically high quality of carving. This piece is particularly unusual in that it comes complete with its original stopper and spoon, and as a result it   carries an estimated value of £600-£800.


oriental lot 294


Philip Howell, Oriental Specialist at Bellmans Auctioneers, comments: “we are delighted to include items of this calibre within our bi-monthly Oriental sale. I anticipate a great deal of competitive interest amongst Asian and European collectors alike”.

The collection will be fully illustrated on our website from Thursday 13th February, and is open to view in person from noon on Friday 14th February until the morning of the sale. Online bidding is available via For more information and to register your interest, please visit, or alternatively contact Bellmans Auctioneers directly on 01403 700858.