The Chinese screen was part of the auction houses "Fine Asian Carvings & Works of Art Auction" which was held on June 14th, 2014.

The extraordinary ancient screen measuring 38 ½ inches by 46 ¾ inches and date from the 19th century, featured four large decorated panels of Famille Rose and vivid depictions of mountain scenes mounted on an intricately carved wooden frame. The piece was the top draw of the sale but was not anticipated to sell for the exorbitant amount of $126,900, apparently there were less than 50 bidders in the room whilst the event was attended by thousands online.


Ancient Chinese items are selling high around the world this summer, yesterday we reported on the Ming Dynasty  porcelain box that sold at Sotheby's in Australia for 140 times its estimate. Scott Cieckiewicz of Elite Decorative Arts explained that whenever there is some extraordinary ancient Asian item on display, a strong buzz is usually created on the internet.

See more Chinese items on Barnebys here.