Tuesday 31st May 2022 - Cara Bentham
We take a look at a vase that sold for millions and some selling for slightly less with our auctioneers.
A very rare 18th-century Chinese vase, which was kept in a kitchen, has been sold at auction for a colossal sum of almost £1.5 million. The vase was previously purchased for a few hundred pounds by a surgeon back in the 1980s.
Created for the court of the Qianlong Emperor in the 1700s, the blue-glazed, silver and gilt vase is 60cm tall and decorated with bats and cranes. The vase was sold by the family of the late surgeon, who bought the precious item because he liked the way it looked. It sat in the kitchen for decades in the family’s home in the Midlands. The piece was spotted back in the 1990s by Mark Newstead, an antiques expert, who was there for a social visit. Some years later, Newstead identified the seal mark on the base of the vase; he suggested it had likely been displayed in the mid-18th century in the halls of the Qing palace.
Dreweatts Auctioneers estimated the case to be worth somewhere between £100,000 - £150,000. However, when it went under the hammer, it dramatically exceeded this pre-sale calculation fetching £1.2 million with the buyer’s premium bringing the total cost to near £1.5 million. The vase went to an international buyer who placed the winning bid over the phone.
Newstead, the specialist consultant in Asian Ceramic Art at the auction house where the piece was sold, stated “We are delighted with the result. It shows the demand for the finest porcelain produced in the world.”
Do you have an interest in Chinese antiques and collectables? If so, check out these upcoming lots – who knows, you may find something that turns out to be worth a fortune in years to come!
This Chinese blue and white vase is listed by Lockdales Auctioneers and goes up for sale on June 8th. In crackle glaze with a foo dog finial to the lid and Chinese characters to the base, the piece measures 21.5cm in height and is estimated to fetch between $50 - £80. View the catalogue here.
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