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Straits Chinese Antique Auction : Sneak Preview of the Featured Lots

Dear collectors, we are pleased to showcase some featured lots of our upcoming Straits Chinese Antique Auction Series 7/2020. The auction was postponed to a later date due to the movement control order (MCO) that was declared by the Malaysian Government since 18 March. While we are spending most of our time at home, we thought to bring you some interesting pieces for your sneak preview as showing is caring. The items are curated by our guest curator cum specialist collector, Mr. Glen Chee.

Exquisite Straits Chinese Peranakan Kamcheng with Brown Panels 

This exquisite Green kamcheng main body depicts two ogival panels in inverse brown ground with each enclosing a swirling phoenix above peonies, the cover depicts two ogival panels with same swirling phoenix motifs. The cover rim border inverse brown ground (usually in pink) decorated with Buddhist symbols. Unusual combination of green and brown. Perfect for kamcheng lovers and collectors aiming for their first kamcheng.
Base Mark & Circa: Zhou Shun Ding Zhao 1912s to 1920s
Overall Condition: Very good. No material defects identified. Commensurate with age.
Lid and Body: Matching cover
Dimension: Width: 6 inches, Height: 7 inches

A pair of Giant Straits Chinese Peranakan Plates

A pair of heavily potted plates probably used for deity worship. Exquisite and desirable for discerning collectors. The plates are in pink ground however the ogivals and borders are in reversed contrasting yellow.  Each panel depicts a regal standing phoenix over rockery and peonies blossoms and the Buddhist symbols laced on each rim.
Base Mark & Circa: Ming Guo period 1912 to 1930s
Overall Condition: Good and commensurate with age. Some gold gilding loss on the rims
Dimension: Width: 10 inches

Rare Straits Chinese Floor Spittoon

Beautiful artwork rendered on this turquoise floor spittoon. Floor spittoons were commonly found in antique shops during the 1980s are were not favoured among collectors, however these large items are rarely found in antique shops after the resurgence of nyonyawares during the 1990s. Most of such spittoons are held in collectors’ hands and rarely appear on the markets.  This lot is decorated with the classic Straits Chinese preferred motifs of peonies, phoenixes and Buddhist symbols.
Base Mark & Circa: 
Unmarked 1900s
Overall Condition: Very good and commensurate with age.
Dimension:  Width: 10 inches, Height: 15.5 inches

Hope that you are enjoying the sneak preview of these pieces. After all, we wish to cheer you up with this showcase and make life more fulfilling while staying at home. We hope to finalize the auction date as soon as possible and we will keep you posted. Please feel free to share your thought with us.

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MNP commenced its operation by securing several financial institutions’ agreement to conduct foreclosure auction of real estate. It was not until 2014 to practically diversify its portfolio when it was appointed the first ever official auctioneer of Bank Negara Malaysia (Central Bank of Malaysia) to handle the Bank’s auction of Malaysian Banknotes with special serial numbers. MNP further strengthened its antique and collectible auction market leadership when it launched the inaugural Straits Chinese Antique Auction in May 2017. MNP was awarded ISO 9001:2008 in Quality Management System in year 2010 (upgraded to ISO 2001:2015 in 2018). It achieved another milestone when it was awarded the National Mark of Malaysian Brand jointly by SIRIM and SMECORP in 2015.