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This week Spotlight on Antique 1796 Chia Ching Imperial 5-clawed porcelain dragon

Think before melting jewellery for cash
2,000-year-old lamp sells for 445,000 pounds
Antique hunting comes to the iPhone
Drug Dealer’s Treasure Trove Auctioned Off
Shattered stallholders counting cost after raid at antiques centre
Stolen Confederate gun back after 35 years
2011 February Antique Fairs UK

This week Spotlight on
Antique 1796 Chia Ching Imperial 5-clawed porcelain dragon

Superb Very Rare Chinese Antique Attributed to Emperor ChiaChing
made during emperors reign 1796 – 1820
Chia Ching Imperial 5-clawed dragon Gilded porcelain

Emperor Chia Ching
Life: 1760 – 1820 AD
Reign 1796 – 1820 AD, Name of Reign Period : ChiaChing
Renzong (Aisin-Gioro) Yung Yen, Name as Emperor Chia Ching (Jia Jing)

Ascending the Throne in 1796 AD, but only really coming to Power at Age 39, Chia Ching was eager to take action. Immediatly after the Death of his Father Qianlong, He Shen, Qianlong’s Favorite Minister, was arrested on orders of the new Emperor. Subsequently the search of He Shen’s large estate and propreties by Imperial Troops turned up a staggering one billion taels of Silver in items. He Shen proved to be the greatest and worst embezzler in Imperial History, taking an equivalent of 20 years of national income of the Ching Dynasty. All of He Shen’s property was confiscated and transferred to the Emperor. He Shen was executed two weeks after his initial arrest. His Court Associates and Power-Clique were utterly eliminated and replaced by worthy Officials who had been blocked by He Shen and his Clique.

Achievements : Due to reasons partially outside his influence and bad corruption the Ching Dynasty started its decline during the reign of Chia Ching. Heavy corruption, natural disasters and Revolts increasingly plagued the country side. Since 1780 AD european traders had been ferrying opium into China increasingly undermining society and economy. A system with bankrupt chinese peasants losing their land in a bad economy, accumulating land in hands of corrupt money-lenders and land-owners worked against him. Thus, peasant uprisings became increasingly frequent in China. One day, February 20Th 1803, the peasant Chen De slipped in through The Forbidden Cities’ Shunzen Gate (Shunzhen Gate is located immediatly inside ShenWumen the North Gate of Divine Militairy Prowess the gate nearest the Imperial Quarters, there are 4 gates xihuamen=west, donghuamen=east, shenwumen=north and wumen=south See Map.) and attempted to Assassinate the Emperor. The attempt, however, failed.

As his greatest success Chia Ching banned the use and import of Opium, believing it to be a mental and social poison of the worst kind. Opium smokers were persecuted and trade was severely diminished.

Death & Succession : While out hunting on the high grounds near Chengde Imperial Summer Mountain Retreat, Chia Ching suddenly fell ill. He never recovered from his sickbed. Summoning all the cabinets Ministers he instructed them that he had chosen his 4Th Son, Min Ning, who was present, to be Crown Prince and become the next Emperor. Chai Ching died on July 25Th 1820 AD at the Chengde Palace Resort.

22 January

Think before melting jewellery for cash

The prices of gold and its poorer cousin silver continue to go north. So is it time to take granny’s old wedding ring and melt it down?

This depends on who you ask. The value of your bauble depends on not only what it’s made of; it also comes down to whether it can be called a piece of art. The difference between art and trinket is wide and figuring out the difference can be tricky.

Jewellery, is valued in two ways: according to the worth of its materials and by its craftsmanship. While figuring out how many carats are in a piece is not especially challenging, placing a value on the artwork is an entirely different story. Unfortunately, many jewellers don’t bother. They settle for liberating the gold and silver from its earthly form, happy to close a deal. But it’s also not the case that everything shiny can be called “art”. Much of what is available in the souqs is really just fashioned gold. People buy it for investment value and expect to melt it down, sooner or later. If you are unsure, take it to a reputable dealer, who can judge the aesthetics of the piece.

One period of jewellery and art which continues to inspire is art deco. Indeed, the style, developed in Paris in the 1920s, has stood the test of time. Today, many jewellers look to that era for inspiration. But it was only in the 1960s that art deco came to be truly appreciated. So who is to say that modern jewellery is not a deco-in-waiting? Much of what is now being chucked into the smelters’ pot could be worth preserving. A piece of jewellery, is not just about how it looks on the finger. It becomes a sculptural form and a testament to the skill of the designer, goldsmith and stone setter.

The Bedouin produced jewellery for centuries, but hardly a craftsman is left these days and much of what they bequeathed us has been destroyed. Often, these items are melted down and remade into something more in keeping with modern taste. This is a shame.

One collector, who specialises in Soviet-era jewellery, says finding quality pieces from that era is now almost impossible because much of it had been melted down and exchanged for consumer goods over the past couple of decades. Most people did not even know the austere Communists had a jewellery tradition. They did, but its legacy is rapidly being traded in for iPods and BMWs.

And it’s not just jewellery; tens of thousands of old US gold coins have been melted down in recent years, dealers complain. The famous Morgan silver dollar, minted by the millions in the late 19th century, is now virtually nonexistent. Today, you’d have to pay about $700 for one – truly, bang for a buck.

22 January

2,000-year-old lamp sells for 445,000 pounds

An antique marble lampshade installed at a retired school teacher’s home in Britain was found to be a 2,000-year-old Roman relic and sold for a staggering 445,000 pounds at an auction. The owner of the 19 inch high ornament, retired schoolteacher John Barrett, had a hole drilled in the top and bottom of the urn to feed a cable through it. A light-bulb fitting was then placed on top before a 1970s-style red lampshade was hung on it to complete the ‘monstrosity’.

The lamp was kept in the hallway of his home near Bath, until his death last year. Auctioneers from Christie’s who were invited to value collectable items identified it as being a Roman marble cinerary urn dating to about the first century. It was acquired in the 1950s by Barratt’s father, Sir Sydney Barratt, a scientist who helped create the ‘bouncing bomb’ during the World War II.

Sir Sydney Barratt, who died in 1975 aged 77, built up his collection of art and antiques after taking on his father’s passion for collectables. It was acquired by him for his then home in Summerhill, Staffs, before he installed it at 18th century home near Bath when he moved there in 1961. The art collection, making up 383 lots, was sold by Christie’s of London for a total of 3.2 million pounds.

22 January

Antique hunting comes to the iPhone

Set against the backdrop of economic doom, gloom and austerity measures, it seems that good old antique hunting is popular enough to be turned into an iPhone application. There are figures to support this: attendance figures for antique fairs in the last year show a rise. The LAPADA Art and Antiques Fair that took place in Berkley Sq. showed a 15 per cent increase in visitors, whilst the two largest fairs in Europe, Ardingly and Newark, showed an average increase of 12 per cent in their attendees. It’s easy to think that hunting for bargain antique dining tables, chests or cabinets is becoming a national pastime, especially with the release of a new iPhone app.

The Antiques Roadshow app, which was made available for purchase from Apple’s app store last week, is aimed at a younger demographic rather than seasoned bargain hunters. Whilst the more mature amongst us may be used to searching for the perfect set of Victorian dining chairs from a Lancashire dealer, or pounding the pavements in a hunt for Arts & Crafts furniture in Cumbria, the opportunity now exists to appraise virtual antiques from the comfort of your sofa – although for many, nothing will beat the local antiques dealer.

22 January

Drug Dealer’s Treasure Trove Auctioned Off

A treasure trove of fine art and antiques seized from an OAP drug baron has been sold to raise money for crime-fighting. The collection, which includes a 17th-century painting by a Dutch master and rare Oriental carved ivory figures, once belonged to Philip Meadows, who bought them with the proceeds of dealing in Class A drugs. Meadows, now 70, was in possession of cocaine worth almost £150,000 when he was arrested in Doncaster three years ago. During a life of crime, he amassed over 100 works of art, pieces of silver, precious ornaments, jewellery and fine furniture.

He is believed to have benefited to the tune of more than £500,000. Bidders packed the Sheffield auction room as the criminal’s collection went on sale. Many were unaware of the precise origin of the lots. Some of the money raised from this auction will come back into the community to benefit local people and causes.

Meadows drove expensive cars and owned homes in West Sussex and Malaga in Spain, splitting his time between the two properties. Many of the items he collected were auctioned well in excess of the estimated price. A Chinese carved and painted figure, expected to raise about £400, eventually sold for £4,400. One 18th century Dutch school painting with an upper estimate of £250 sold for £1,900.

21 January

Shattered stallholders counting cost after raid at antiques centre

SHATTERED stallholders are counting the cost after burglars ransacked their antiques centre. Eleven of 35 stalls at Windsor House, in Moreton-in-Marsh, were targeted by four masked raiders on Monday afternoon. They stole collectable porcelain, silver and artistic objects worth tens of thousands pounds after dismantling a thick stone wall at the back of the building. Once inside, they smashed open glass display cases to snatch high-value stock and left a trail of destruction.

Two traders have lost £27,000 between them, but the overall cost is set to spiral because yesterday police said they were still compiling an inventory of everything stolen.

The break-in was almost two years to the day after a major ram-raid took place. It saw a gang reverse a 4×4 vehicle, with a building pipe attached, to batter down the front door. They made off with £30,000 of silver, clocks and jewellery.

20 January

Stolen Confederate gun back after 35 years

RICHMOND, Va., — A Virginia museum said it has recovered a Confederate revolver more than 35 years after its disappearance from the collection. The Museum of the Confederacy said the .36 caliber Spiller and Burr revolver, one of only 1,450 made during the U.S. Civil War, is believed to have been stolen while the museum was moving to a new building in 1975 and no trace of it was found until December 2010.

The museum said a Knoxville, Tenn., woman found the gun in the belongings of her late father and took it to an Ohio antiques dealer, who traced the item back to the museum. The revolver has an estimated value of $50,000 on the current antiques market.

Museum officials said it is unknown how the woman’s father, a Civil War collector who never lived near Richmond, obtained the weapon.

The handgun was returned to the museum and will go on display in February.

2011 February Antique Fairs UK

January 31 – February 2

  • LINCOLNSHIRE ANTIQUES & HOME SHOW, Lincolnshire Events Centre, Showground, Grange De Lings, LN2 2NA (Tel: 01298 274 493)

February 3 – 6

  • WATERCOLOURS & DRAWINGS FAIR, Science Museum, London, SW7 (Tel: 01798 861 815)

February 3 – 4

  • NEWARK INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUES & COLLECTORS FAIR, Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, Winthorpe, Nr Newark, Notts, NG24 2NY (Tel: 01636 702 326)

February 4 – 6

  • THE PAVILLIONS OF HARROGATE ANTIQUES FAIR, The Pavilions of Harrogate, Railway Road, Harrogate, HG2 8QZ (Tel: 01278 784 912)
  • PETERSFIELD ANTIQUES FAIR, Festival Hall, Heath Road, Petersfield, Hants, GU31 4EA (Tel: 01825 744 074)
  • GIANT ANTIQUES FAIR BINGLEY HALL, Bingley Hall, Staffordshire County Showground, Weston Road, Stafford ST18 0BD (Tel: 01274 588 505)

February 5

  • STIRLING ANTIQUE & COLLECTABLES FAIR, Albert Halls, Albert Place, Dumbarton Road, Stirling, FK8 2QL (Tel: 01764 654 555)
  • LECHDALE ANTIQUES FAIR, Memorial Hall, Burford Road, Lechdale, GL7 3SN (Tel: 07977 936 882)

February 5 – 6

  • THE MIDLAND CERAMIC FAIR, Burford School, Burford, Oxon, OX18 4SD (Tel: 07940 282 324)
  • NORFOLK ANTIQUE & COLLECTORS FAIR, Norfolk Showground, Dereham Road, Norwich NR3 (Tel: 01702 549 623)
  • HIGHCLIFFE CASTLE ANTIQUES FAIR, Highcliffe Castle, Rothesay Drive, Highcliffe, Dorset, BH23 4LE (Tel: 01590 677 687)

February 6

  • FLITWICK ANTIQUES FAIR, Flitwick Village Hall, Dunstable Road, Flitwick MK45 1HP (Tel: 07896 186 847)
  • EDINBURGH ANTIQUE & COLLECTABLES FAIR, Meadow Bank Stadium, 139 London Road, Edinburgh EH7 6AE (Tel: 01764 654 555)
  • ANTIQUES FAIR, Horticultural Halls, Lindley Hall, Elverton Street, London, SW1 2QD (Tel: 020 7254 4054)
  • BEDFORD MILITARIA FAIR, Bunyan Centre, Ile Road, Bedford, MK42 9TS (Tel: 01823 274 050)
  • CHESTER VINTAGE FASHION & TEXTILES FAIR, Chester Racecourse, Chester CH1 2LY (Tel: 0151 653 8606)
  • KILLERTON PBFA BOOK FAIR, Killerton House, Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon EX5 3LE (Tel: 01763 248 400)
  • RUSTINGTON ANTIQUES FAIR, Woodland Centre, Woodlands Avenue, Rustington, West Sussex BN16 3BH (Tel: 01903 734 112)
  • ALEXANDRA PALACE ANTIQUE & FINE ART FAIR, Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, London, N22 7AY (Tel: 01263 888 111)
  • ANTIQUES FAIR, George Carnall Sports Centre, Manchester M41 7FJ (Tel: 0161 283 1255)
  • TRANSPORT MEMORABILIA FAIR, Novotel, West Quay Road, Southampton, Hants SO15 1RA (Tel: 07747 604 541)
  • THE LONDON VINTAGE FASHION, TEXTILES & ACCESSORIES FAIR, Hammersmith Town Hall, King Street, London, W6 (Tel: 020 8404 6262)
  • ST MELLION ANTIQUE & COLLECTORS FAIR, St Mellion International Centre, Nr Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 6SD (Tel: 07887 753 956)

February 8

  • SUNBURY ANTIQUES MARKET, Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road, East Sunbury, Middlesex, TW16 5AQ (Tel: 01934 230 946)
  • HEXAM ANTIQUES FAIR, Wentworth Leisure Centre, Hexam, Northumberland, NE46 3PD (Tel: 0191 261 9632)

February 10 – 13

  • CHESTER ANTIQUES & FINE ART SHOW, County Grandstand, Chester Racecourse, Chester, CH1 2LY (Tel: 01825 744 074)

February 11 – 12

  • BIRMINGHAM PBFA BOOK FAR, Medical Institute, Harbone Road, Edgbaston, B15 3AF (Tel: 01763 248 400)

February 12

  • DURHAM PBFA BOOK FAIR, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5LU (Tel: 01763 248 400)
  • ANTIQUES ON THE SQUARE, Northampton Town Square, Northampton, Northants NN1 2DL (Tel: 07896 186 847

February 12 – 13

  • ANTIQUE & COLLECTORS FAIR, Freemasons Hall, 96 George Street, Edinburgh EH1 (Tel; 07886 501 931)
  • WOODSTOCK ANTIQUE FAIR, Town Hall, Market Square, Woodstock, Oxon, OX20 1SL (Tel: 07977 936 882)
  • BOURNMOUTH PAVILION BALLROOM ANTIQUES FAIR, The Pavilion, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 2BU (Tel: 01590 677 687)

February 13

  • DURHAM ANTIQUE & COLLECTORS FAIR, New College Durham, Durham, Co Durham, DH1 5ES (Tel: 0191 261 9632)
  • V&A ANTIQUES & COLLECTORS FAIR, The Park Royal Hotel, Stretton, Nr Warrington, Cheshire, WA4 4NS (Tel: 01938 580 438)
  • KM ANTIQUES FAIR, The Rembrandt Hotel, 21 Thurloe Place, London SW7 2RS (Tel: 020 8674 8557)
  • THE SUFFOLK ART DECO FAIR, Culford School, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
  • WOBURN ANTIQUES FAIR, Woburn Village Hall, Woburn, Beds MK17 9QD (Tel: 07896 186 847)
  • CITY OF BRIGHTON & HOVE ART DECO FAIR, Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove, BN3 4AH (Tel: 01273 248 739)
  • KINVER ANTIQUES & COLLECTORS FAIR, Leisure Centre, Enville Road, Kinver, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY7 6AA (Tel: 07771 725 302)
  • WOKING FLEA & COLLECTORS MARKET, Woking Leisure Centre, Kingfield Road, Woking, Surrey, GU22 9BA (Tel: 020 8894 0218)
  • LONDON HOLIDAY INN PBFA BOOK FAIR, Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury, Coram Street, London WC1N 1HT (Tel: 01763 248 400)
  • BLUE SKYS ANTIQUES FAIR, Festival Hall, Hodgkinson Road, Kirkby in Ashfield, Notts NG17 7DJ (Tel: 07973 481 578)
  • ANTIQUE & COLLECTORS FAIR, Ferneham Hall, Osborn Road, Fareham, Hants PO16 7DB (Tel: 07747 604 541)
  • DRAYTON ANTIQUE & COLLECTORS FAIR, Village Hall, Drayton, Oxon OX14 4LG (Tel: 01235 815 633)
  • BIRMINGHAM ARMS FAIR, The National Motorcycle Museum, Coventry Road, Bickenhill, Solihull, B92 0EJ (Tel: 020 8200 6384)
  • ANTIQUES & COLLECTABLES FAIR, Elsecar Heritage Centre, Barnsley, South Yorks, S74 8HJ (Tel: 01226 744 425)

February 15

  • FROCK ME! CHELSEA, Chelsea Town Hall, Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5EE (Tel: 020 7254 4054)