A Hair Raising Result

Adam Partridge Auctioneers & Valuers‘ two day sale of Antiques and Fine Art with Oriental & Asian Works of Art has just concluded at their rooms in Macclesfield, Cheshire.

Estimated at £500 – £800 ($765 – $1,225) was lot 1061, a Daoguang (1782 – 1850) yellow ground Chinese export porcelain wig stand, decorated with dragons amongst clouds in blue, green, iron red and orange enamels, with gilt Daoguang seal mark to the base, standing at 28cm high.

The wig stand caused somewhat of a commotion with the hammer eventually falling at £80,000 ($122,425).

Lot 1061, Daoguang wig stand.

Jack Plane

About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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2 Responses to A Hair Raising Result

  1. Eric R says:

    It’s a wonderful piece.
    But let me ask, why did it fetch so much more then expected?
    Thank you.


    • Jack Plane says:

      Auctioneers normally research the items they are selling which includes referencing similar, previously auctioned lots. If, however, nothing similar has come to market, then they will assess the likely market sector and base their estimates on those findings. Every so often they get it wrong and a ‘sleeper’ such as this wig stand takes off.

      Perhaps the wig stand appealed on a whim to a flamboyant glabrous celebrity (Elton John?). More likely, the Chinese market is strong and they are buying back quality art and artefacts (as are the Russians). This lot was fresh to market (it last surfaced at a country house sale in 1953) and would have attracted strong bidding from the East.



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