A rare Chinese vase which is believed to have been made during Emperor Qianlong’s reign (1735-99) was sold at auction in Derbyshire for over $860,000 (£650,000).
The blue and white vase was discovered by Hansons Auctioneers Associate Director, Adrian Rathbone, from a home in Midland where the piece was reportedly used as a doorstop for the last 36 years. The seller inherited the piece from a great aunt who acquired the vase when she lived in Cornwall during the 1920s. Rathbone explained:
“On examining it, I was quite surprised at how big it was at 66 cm high. Painted in blue, I was particularly mesmerized by the character mark on the base of the vase.”
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Television antiques expert, Charles Hanson, speculated the vase was “possibly manufactured by the Imperial kilns for the Emperor’s Summer Palace.” He also added:
“With important Chinese porcelain once removed from China during the 19th century and being bought back by Chinese billionaires today, pedigree and provenance is so important in a market today where later copies can easily deceive the more cautious collector.
“The manner of the vase’s decoration was inspired by artists working on porcelain in the Yongzheng period (1723-1735). The design became one of the most favoured designs for all the noble Palaces in the period by his son Emperor Qianlong.”
I highly doubt my rubber door stopper is worth a million bucks. But if there’s any lesson to be had here, it might be a good idea to make a list of all your valuables.
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