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The vase kept in the kitchen turned out to be a 250-year-old relic – and sold for £1.5million

A vase bought for a few hundred pounds turned out to be an incredibly rare 250-year-old relic made for the Emperor of China – and sold for a staggering £1.5million when it went under the hammer

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The vase was bought for a few hundred pounds but sold for £1.5 million at auction

A vase kept in a UK kitchen has sold at auction for a staggering £1.5million – although the owner had no idea of ​​its value, it turned out to be a 250-year-old relic was made for the Emperor of China.

The 18th-century vase was bought by an English surgeon in the 1980s for a few hundred pounds and passed on to his son, who had no idea it was of such value and history.

It was only when an antiques specialist discovered it in his kitchen that he realized what was in his home, and it has been estimated to be worth around £150,000.

But when it came under the hammer a bidding war broke out and the vase eventually fetched £1,449,000 including a buyer’s premium, a record at auction house Dreweatts.







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The vase was bought for a few hundred pounds but sold for £1.5 million at auction
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One viewer said: “The atmosphere was electric.

“The bidding on the phone went back and forth. It was crazy.”

Commenting on the exceptional result, Dreweatt’s Asian Ceramics and Artworks Advisor Mark Newstead said: “We are delighted with this exceptional result.

“We’ve seen broad interest from China, Hong Kong, America and the UK, resulting in very competitive bids.

“The result shows the high demand for the finest porcelain in the world. A fabulous result and we are honored to have sold this to Dreweatts.”







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The extremely rare vase was created for a Chinese emperor
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The colossal vase, created for the court of the Qianlong Emperor, is 60 cm high and bears the characteristic six-character mark of the Qianlong period between 1736 and 1795 on its base.

An exceptional example of Qianlong Imperial porcelain, it features highly unusual enamelling techniques, with a striking palette of gold and silver on a luminous blue ground.

Known as the “Heavenly Ball Vase,” the creation would have been exceedingly difficult to master.

The Chinese name of this vase shape is “Tianqiuping”, which means “Heavenly Sphere Vase”, alluding to Chinese iconography, where the sky is represented as a sphere.







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This explains the large spherical shape of the vase, which refers to the sky.

Experts say it’s “extremely rare” to see blue vases painted with both gilding and slightly raised silver, presumably because the medium is difficult to control.

The extraordinary 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.

No other porcelain decorated with the same motif in gold and silver ever seems to have been documented.

A devout Buddhist, the Qianlong Emperor was also a follower of Daoism with a desire for longevity.

This desire is expressed in the silver cranes on the vase, which bear an emblem for each of the eight immortals associated with Daoism, including: a basket of flowers, a flute, a fan, and castanets on the body of the vase.

The flying cranes and bats also carry auspicious messages of longevity and prosperity.

The vase was sold at the Dreweatts Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art auction and the hammer price was £1.2 million, a record for the Dreweatts auction house – it eventually went to an international buyer overseas.

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