The Peranakan Journey Continues

‘Treasures of the Peranakans & Straits Chinese’ asset auction by Henry Butcher Asset Auctioneers returns for its second run.

The annual ‘Treasures of the Peranakans & Straits Chinese’ asset auction by Henry Butcher Asset Auctioneers picks up where it left off last year, returning for another dazzling showcase with the theme of ‘The Journey Continues.’

A total of 92 lots obtained from various collectors across the region will be put under the hammer come 12 November 2017. Slated to be held at Galeri Prima in Balai Berita Bangsar, the auction is currently preceded by a public viewing at the same location for aficionados and interested buyers alike.

If a little more coaxing is what you need to throw your hat in the ring, we’ve compiled a list of 7 exquisite Peranakan items exhibited in Balai Berita right now and possibly in your living room after this Sunday.

Lot 43: A Very Rare Giant Kamcheng

Estimate RM 20,000 – RM 25,000

This is a very rare giant white base kamcheng which has been featured in both Professor Ho Wing Meng’s as well as Datin Seri Kee Ming-Yuet’s books. A similar Kamcheng was auctioned by Christie’s in Singapore in 1995.

The uniqueness of this kamcheng lies in its extremely rare ice-crack borders with various types of flowers on its cover and the upper lip. Some of the flora and fauna featured on this porcelain include, the phoenix, lion dog, butterflies and peonies.

The iron-red mark at the base reads: “光緒年製” (“Guang Xu Nian Zhi”) which means the reign mark.

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Lot 45: A Very Rare Pink Base (Inside-Out) Customised Surname Dish Commissioned by the Yap Family

Estimate RM 22,000 – RM 25,000

The inner rim of the dish features the stylised, inscribed and gilt Chinese character “葉”(“Ye” or “Yap”) – the surname of the family that commissioned the piece –  interspersed regularly by small butterflies of different species and in different poses.

The central design is one of a tasselled medallion flanked by two finely executed large butterflies in the 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock positions with two sprigs of peonies in full bloom.

For comparison, similar pieces are in the collection of the National Museum and the Peranakan Museum of Singapore.

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Lot 64: Rare Famille Rose Mustard-Green Chupu with Cover

Estimate RM 12,000 – RM 15,000

The body and cover are enamelled in brilliant tones with pairs of shaped panels in pink. The panels on the chupu depict a perched phoenix amongst peonies, while the panels on the cover only feature the flower. The outer rims of the chupu contain a series of auspicious symbols against a turquoise back. Interspersed between the panels are butterflies flying over peonies.

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Lot 23: Blackwood Furniture Set

Estimate RM 20,000 – RM 25,000

This lot comprises a pair of armchairs and a square table. The chairs share a mirrored image on the chair back, depicting a bird perched amongst peonies. A bat overlooks the scene.

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Lot 78: A set of four silver sireh containers complete with a sireh cutter and a lacquered wooden box

Estimate RM 4,000 – RM 5,000

Each of the containers are of different shape and height, with patterns engraved finely on their bodies. The inside of the lacquered box has two pieces of crochet lining at the base within each compartment.

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Lot 84: Rare Double-Sided Peranakan Wedding Curtain Hooks

Estimate RM 5,000 – RM 6,000

Of this set of four pairs, one is an uncommon find, as it sports a combination of pierced and repoussé work on both sides of the ornamental panels.

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Lot 2: An Unusual Silver-gilt Wedding Necklace

Estimate RM5,000 – RM 6,000

Three panels of fine multi-layered filigree convey seven floret-linked chains to the bottom convergence panel, below which dangle three more panels of different shapes in fine filigree. The necklace is encased within a frame with bronze coloured rims and a black background to make it stand out.

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For more information on the upcoming auction, head to the official site here. For the online catalogue to view all of the lots, click here.

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