16th Mar, 2024 9:30 GMT/BST

Spring Fine Sale

  Lot 1


~ A Pair of Chinese Porcelain "Nodding Head" Figures, Qianlong, each modelled standing holding a square section baluster vase, wearing long robes with engraved gilt and patinated collars, on stepped square bases
30cm high

Provenance: Spink & Son Ltd, 31 January 1956

For a similar pair see Christie's, South Kensington, 3 April 2012, lot 344

Please note that there will be no internet bidding on this lot. All bidders on lots 1-10 will be required to provide identification and a deposit of £1,000. Registration for commission and telephone bidding on these lots will close on Wednesday 13th March at 12 noon. To register please email enquiry@tennants-ltd.co.uk

Sold for £3,800
Estimated at £4,000 - £6,000


First - head with one flowerhead lacking from hair bun, old yellowing repair around the neck and both ears. Body, old restoration around the neck opening, left hand supporting the square vase and both left corners of the plinth. Some flaking to the black enamel.

Second - head with old yellowing repair to the neck and ears. Body with repair to the neck opening, left shoulder, shoulder blade at the rear, right hand and front right corner of the plinth. Firing cracks to the square vase. Some flaking to the black enamel.

When assembled both figures nod, the heads sit a little high, the wire may have been replaced and not trimmed, neck mounts a little bent and may also benefit from slight adjustment. Porcelain of the head and body seem to match but originality cannot be guaranteed absolutely.

The original receipt is available to the purchaser of this lot.


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Auction: Spring Fine Sale, 16th Mar, 2024

This Spring, Tennants Auctioneers is delighted to be offering for sale a fine and rare Chinese Celadon Jade Inscribed ‘Luohan’ Boulder from the Qianlong reign with its original hardwood stand. It will be sold as part of a Private Collection of Asian Art and European Antiques in the sale. The boulder, which is offered with an estimate of £70,000-100,000 plus buyer’s premium, depicts Luohan Ańgaja sitting cross-legged in a rocky grotto. View Press Release

Further highlights from the collection include a Set of Four Chinese Pale Celadon Jade Bowls, Qing Dynasty, probably Qianlong (estimate: £8,000-12,000 plus buyer’s premium), and a Pair of Chinese Porcelain ‘Nodding Head’ Figures, Qianlong (estimate: £4,000-6,000 plus buyer’s premium).

The collectors lived in London from the 1950s and acquired the fine collection predominantly from the leading Asian art and antiques dealers in the city. Many of the pieces in the collection will be sold with original purchase receipts. The items in this collection will be denoted throughout the online catalogue with a ~ symbol.

The sale will also include selected contents from Dutton Manor, Lancashire. 

In addition the sale comprises a small family collection of Renaissance bronzes, two good Iznik Faience Dishes from the late 16th/early 17th century, and a Private Collection of 17th and 18th century furniture including Continental and English oak pieces.


Sunday 10 March - Friday 15 March 11am-4pm, and morning of sale from 8am

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