Chinese Vase Used As Doorstop For Years Fetches $800K At Auction


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.”

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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