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Offering over 350 lots from China, Japan and Southeast Asia with objects spanning over the Neolithic Period through the 20th century Doyle's Asian Works of Art auction held on September 15 in New York ended with stellar results. The sale attracted an international audience of bidders in the salesroom, on the telephones, and live on the Internet.

Much excitement was felt in the saleroom as a pair of 19th century Chinese Famille Rose glazed porcelain covered vases decorated with blossoming branches on turquoise ground achieved a stunning $1,205,000, far above it's estimate of $10,000-15,000. The vases, that no doubt were the highlight of the sale, measured 16 inches in height and bear the Qianlong seal mark.

An elaborately carved Qing Dynasty agarwood sceptre measuring 17 1/2 inches in length, shaped like a fruiting gourd vine highlighted the selection of Chinese scholars' objects. The sceptre, which was in very good condition, achieved a stunning $81,250, many times its estimate of $15,000-25,000. Two magnificent Chinese jade pieces from the Jerome M. and Rhoda S. Fischer collection also soared past their high estimates; a pair of 19th century white jade chrysanthemum-shape bowls estimated at $30,000-50,000 fetched a surprising $100,000 and a pair of 18th century light celadon jade cups sold for $56,250, well over their estimate of $25,000-35,000.

Chinese furniture also performed very strongly at the auction. A large zitan table estimated at $30,000-50,000 fetched $93,750, a pair of 19th/20th century huanghuali horseshoe back armchairs estimated at $4,000-6,000 sold for a surprising $56,250, and an 18th/19th century hanghuali side table estimated at $3,000-5,000 achieved an equally impressive $40,625.

The sale results indicate that Chinese works of art clearly continue to gain popularity on the secondary market.

See more Asian Art Works on Barnebys here.

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