The Middle Kingdom largely dominated an eclectic session.
A bronze bell known as a bo zhong resounded to an unexpected bid of €254,200 (after a high estimate of €15,000), and was finally carried off by a Chinese buyer. Featuring a large vertical cartouche with an inscription and a fictitious Qianlong date in relief, the instrument (56 x 30 x 25 cm) actually dates from the early 20th century. Dating from a little earlier, a statue of Guandi (67 x 36 x 32 cm) in Famille Verte porcelain kept watch, shown sitting in armour decorated with dragons, with a menacing expression, wearing a cap. A fierce battle took it up to €43,400. Then we returned to France for a large wall clock with a console in tortoiseshell and brass marquetry (119 x 56 x 36 cm) sporting lavish chased gilt bronze ornamentation. Made in the Second Empire in the Louis XIV style, it had a circular white enamelled dial, signed "H.V. SOEST à Paris". It found a buyer at €27,900.