Finding your way around the planet and stars still a popular auction pastime

It appears that finding your way around the planet and the stars is as popular as ever given that a pair of circa 1865 30-centimetre terrestrial and celestial library globes was, at $26,840, the top selling lot (341) at Gibson’s Auctions April 1-2 Melbourne sale.

A 19th century French bronze mounted Boulle tortoiseshell striking eight-day mantel clock was another popular attraction, changing hands for $10,370, in an auction that realised 80.2 per cent by value.

Chinese items also were much in demand, with a collection of 10 18th century blanc de chine and white porcelain vases selling for $9150 followed by $8540 for a Yung Cheng period Doucai cup, complete with Cheng Hua mark, a carved jade buckle and two plaques from the 1912-1949 Republic Period ($7930), a floral famille rose bowl with a Jiaqing seal mark ($7320) and a late Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) carved jade finial for the same price.

Other top 10 items included a circa 1820 Regency Grand Tour specimen marble and micro mosaic games table, and Ross Watson’s painting Untitled (Waiting) 1983 – each of which also brought $7320.

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