Kitchen Vase Nabs $1.8 Million at Auction


A vase that was kept in a British kitchen has sold for a whopping $1.8 million. The rare vase was bought by an English surgeon for a few hundred pounds and passed on from the original owner to his son. it turned out to be a 250-year-old relic made for the Emperor of China.

An antique specialist was visiting the son when they spotted the 18th-century vase in the kitchen. Original estimates put the value at around $187,000.

The vase was created for the court of the Qianlong Emperor and stands at two feet tall. It bears the distinctive six-character mark of the Qianlong period between 1736 and 1795 on its base. The intricate gold and silver details against the vivid blue background of the Imperial Qianlong porcelain would have been extremely difficult to master.

Dreweatts had the privilege of selling the vase and set a new record for the auction house. As the bidding war began, the vase went for well over asking at around $1.8 million, including a buyers’ premium.

Commenting on the result, Mark Newstead, Specialist Consultant at Dreweatts for Asian Ceramics and Works of Art, said: “We are delighted with this exceptional result. We saw widespread interest from China, Hong Kong, America and the UK, which resulted in very competitive bidding.

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


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