A SHROPSHIRE auction house is set to unveil a display of Asian treasures for next week's Asian Art Auction, including a ‘Dragon and Phoenix’ plaque which belonged to a late Oswestry couple.

Halls Fine Art has assembled its best Asian Art Auction since 2020 at the company’s Battlefield saleroom in Shrewsbury, to take place on Wednesday, November 1, with several exciting lots having the potential to smash their pre-sale estimates.

Among the remarkable items on offer is a notable jade 'Dragon and Phoenix' plaque, previously owned by a late Oswestry couple who had ventured through South-East Asia and India.


Alexander Clement, Halls Fine Art’s Asian Art specialist said that the plaque is a fine representation of its historical era and has been known to command prices as high as £100,000 in previous auctions.

He is excited by the potential of next week auction, which has more than 150 lots.

Alexander said: “The Asian Art market is still very strong but it’s definitely more selective and more unpredictable than it was five or so years ago.

“Strong prices can be achieved with the right items which keeps us on our toes.”

The auction coincides with Asian Art in London, which attracts many of the world’s leading buyers to the capital who take a keen interest in regional Asian Art auctions during their visit.

Alexander said that lots to look out for also include a Chinese Jian 'Hare's Fur' bowl from the Song Dynasty, which carries an estimate of  £2,000 to £3,000 and a Chinese Claire de lune vase from the reign of Emperor Yongzheng (1723-1735), which has an estimate of £1,000 to £1,500.

The ‘Hare's Fur' bowl has been consigned by a Shrewsbury collector.

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Other lots with the potential to fly is another large Chinese jade openwork archaic 'Dragon and Phoenix' plaque, which carries an estimate of £300 to £500 and a Japanese cloisonne vase from the studio of Namikawa Yasuyuki during the Meiji era, which has an estimate of £200 to £300.

Alexander added: “This auction has a lot of variety and some really nice things that have been assembled over the past four months.

“It’s certainly the best sale I have had since 2020.”