Asian Art & Fine Jewellery Auctions


A Blue and White ‘Phoenix’ Dish, Xianfeng Mark and Period (1851-1861)
The interior decorated with a pair of confronting phoenixes with their wings outstretched amongst cloud wisps, the underside similarly decorated with two phoenixes in flight, the base inscribed with a six-character Xianfeng mark in underglaze cobalt blue. From the Collection of Robert Murray Bell and Ann Walker Bell.
Estimate ,000-,000

Waddington’s Auctioneers
Asian Art & Fine Jewellery Auctions – Spring 2019

Asian Art
This online auction starts Saturday, June 15 at 9 am and closes on Thursday, June 20 at 2:00 pm, EST.

Fine Jewellery
This live auction takes place Tuesday, June 18 at 7:00 pm.

Public Preview for Both Auctions
Friday, June 14 – 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Saturday, June 15 – 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, June 16 – 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday, June 17 – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Or by appointment.

Asian Art and Fine Jewellery Auctions at Waddington’s

Our Spring 2019 auction season continues with our Asian Art and Fine Jewellery auctions.

The Asian Art Auction includes superb examples of ‘blue and white’ porcelain from the Bell Family Collection. The Bell family began collecting Chinese porcelain in the 1930s, and continued until Robert Murray’s death in 1998. Dedicated and enthusiastic collectors, over time they formed one of Toronto’s finest collections of blue and white porcelain. Following Murray’s death, and under Ann’s careful stewardship, the majority of the Bell’s collection was generously donated to the permanent collection at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art in Toronto. Also, of important provenance is a gilt and blue ground decorated medallion bottle vase, Guangxu mark and period (1875-1908), from an aristocratic Russian family. Acquired by the family in the late 1800’s when chinoiserie was highly fashionable in Russia, the vase survived the family’s escape from Russia and bombings in Berlin to be brought to Canada in 1947.

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Gentleman’s Platinum Ring
Bezel set with a fine oval jadeite cabochon (14.38mm x 12.25mm x 6.69mm; 9.44ct.) flanked by two half-moon cut diamonds (1.00 ct. & 1.03 ct.)
Estimate $85,000-$100,000

The Fine Jewellery and Watches Auction features both contemporary and period jewellery including the work of some of the world’s most famous design houses such as Tiffany, Cartier, Chopard, Walter Schluep and Canadian icons Birks, Secrett and Karl Stittgen. The auction also includes significant pocket and wristwatches from Audemars Piguet, Rolex, Omega, Breguet and others.

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Waddington’s Auctioneers
275 King Street East, 2nd floor
Toronto, Ontario M5A 1K2

About Waddington’s
Waddington’s is Canada’s most diversified provider of auction and appraisal services, conducting live and online auctions of Asian, Canadian, Inuit and First Nations, International and Contemporary Art, as well as Decorative Arts & Design, Fine Jewellery and Fine Wine & Spirits.

For more information:
Tess McLean
Tel: 416.504.9100
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