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Worldly wise buys at auction

Japan and China impress but India, Fiji, Italy, The Netherlands and Germany also chip in

THE astonishing ability of UK homes to continue to provide treasures from around the world and the keenness of international bidders to buy them was much in evidence at the year’s early sales.

At Greenslade Taylor Hunt (19.5% buyer’s premium) on February 2 the eye-catcher was a silver-gilt and cloisonné koro and cover in the manner of the Meiji cloisonné master Hayashi Kodenji (1831-1915).

Decorated with reserves of an eagle in mountains and birds among blossoms, the 8½in (21.5cm) tall vessel was estimated at £300-500. This looked very tempting for any such piece in superb condition.

The finest works from the Hayashi workshop can easily make five-figure sums and more. Back in 2012 a huge 2ft (60cm) octagonal vase took a premium-inclusive £217,250 at Christie’s South Kensington.

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Antiques Trade Gazette is the essential publication for everyone with a serious interest in art, antiques and collectables. Every week it is packed with up-to-the-minute news on the market, with individual items beautifully illustrated throughout. Since 1971 it has been the most reliable source of information on what is really happening at auctions in the UK and around the world. Each issue is filled with auction advertisements and detailed auction reports written by expert journalists. The Dealer’s Diary section keeps readers constantly updated on what is happening at the fairs and markets and in the galleries and shops. Market professionals and serious collectors throughout the world rely on ATG to keep them informed on developments and issues which shape the art market. It is here that they learn about the prices achieved at auction in every area - from antiquities to pop memorabilia, from impressionist paintings to Chinese art. With 500 or more art objects pictured, every issue is a treat to the eye and a visual education. Whatever the topic Antiques Trade Gazette is well-informed, up-to-date and entertaining.

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