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Scroll on a roll in Roseberys selection

Provincial sales throughout the summer were enlivened by big-money Chinese material but a more concentrated look at the market was afforded by the dedicated sale at Roseberys (20% buyer’s premium) on June 27.

It was the best auction in the category so far at the West Norwood rooms with the 487 lots totalling just shy of £670,000.

Bill Forrest, specialist and auctioneer, was delighted but added a caveat. “These specialist auctions are a testament to the enduring strength of the Asian market,” he said. “But there is no doubt that buyers are increasingly seeking those objects with superb provenance and of fine quality.”

Two private collections of scroll paintings – “a highly specialist field due to the number of imitations on the market,” said Forrest – had the requisite provenances and provided the day’s highlights. Most were contested by two Chinese collector-dealers but an Italian bidder took two of the prizes. He went way beyond estimates to take two ink and watercolour scrolls.

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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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