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kitchen vase is actually worth £150,000 – and it once belonged to a Chinese emperor

The owner’s late father, a surgeon, acquired the vintage vase for just a few hundred pounds in the 1980s, but it is now expected to fetch tens of thousands of pounds at auction

Chinese vase bought 30 years ago and sold at auction for £150,000
The vase was passed on to the owner’s son

A huge Chinese vase bought for a few hundred pounds is set to sell for £150,000 after it was revealed to have belonged to an 18th-century emperor.

The seller’s late father, a surgeon, acquired the piece for a modest sum in the late 1980s, finding it attractive.

It has since been passed down to his son who has displayed it in his kitchen and then his dining room.

An expert identified the six-digit Qianlong Emperor’s seal mark on its base and said its “extraordinary quality” meant it was likely displayed in the halls of the Qing Palace.

The 2 foot tall cobalt blue vase is delicately enameled in pale gold and silver.







The sale will take place on May 18th
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The vase was passed on to the owner’s son
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There are emblems for the “eight immortals” associated with Daoism, including a basket of flowers, a flute, a fan, and castanets.

The flying cranes and bats convey messages of longevity and prosperity.

Its large, sphere-like shape alludes to Chinese iconography, which depicts the sky as a sphere.

The vase was offered for sale at Dreweatts auction house in Newbury, Berks.

A spokesman for Dreweatts said: “The exceptional quality, monumental size and imposing presence of this vase, as well as its fine and auspicious decoration would have made it suitable for prominent display in one of the halls of the Qing Palace.

“Excitingly, no other porcelain decorated with the same motif in gold and silver seems to have ever been documented.”







The 2 foot tall cobalt blue vase is delicately enameled in pale gold and silver
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Drewatts/BNPS)

Mark Newstead, Asian Ceramics and Artworks Advisor at Dreweatts said: “We are delighted to bring to market this important vase which has passed through two generations of the same family since I first saw it in the 1990’s is .

“When I first saw it in the kitchen I said I thought it looked pretty good and the next time I went inside it had taken pride of place in the dining room.

“While the original owner passed away a few years ago, the family is certainly excited (about its potential value) and hoping for the best.”

The Qianlong Emperor reigned from 1736 to 1795.

The sale will take place on May 18th.

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