Chinese vase valued at £30 sells for £40,000 in UK auction

The three-inch tall blue and white vase bearing a Yongzheng six charachter mark has sold for 40,000 pounds at an auction in Melton Mowbray.

The vase carried an estimate of 30 to 40 pounds as it was cracked and chipped & was part of a tray lot.

Senior auctioneer Simon Shouler said: “The vase was on a small tray of Chinese porcelain and much of it was cracked and chipped.

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Song Dynasty Ru Brush Washer Sells For $37.7 Million

The dish, which has a diameter of just 13cm and would have been used to clean brushes, has a glowing, intense blue-green glaze and ‘ice crackle’ pattern.

It was offered by Sotheby’s with a guide price of £10 million ($13.24 million), but there was a fierce 20-minute bidding war and the dish eventually sold to an anonymous bidder for £28 million ($37.7 million).

The bowl’s buyer has chosen to remain anonymous.

Bidding began at around $10.2m, and the winning offer – from a phone bidder – was greeted with a round of applause.

Nicolas Chow, deputy chairman of Sotheby’s Asia, commented: ‘It’s a totally new benchmark for Chinese ceramics and we’ve made history with this piece today,’

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£230,000 For Yongzheng Ming Style Dish

A Yongzheng (1723-35) mark and period 13inch dish just sold at Hansons auction for £230,000.

Bought by businessman Alexander Robertson in the early 20th Century, the plate had been valued at £20,000 on the Antiques Roadshow in the 1990s, but remained on display in an ornamental holder for many years.

A replica of the plate is currently on display in the National Museum of China, which is believed to have driven up the price and led to a record 19 phone lines booked by bidders.

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£500 Estimate – Sells For £4 Million – Qianlong?

Apparently it was a Chinese amateur what ever that means that bought the vase. The auctioneer at the Geneve-Encheres auction house said the age of the vase was difficult to evaluate accurately and that they tended to be conservative in their estimates.

According to the catalogue, the vase, which is 60cm tall and depicts three blue dragons on a yellow background, is from the 20th century but it bears an unverified mark from the 18th century Qianlong era.

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Ming style vase badly damaged makes 150k at auction in UK

Standing 55cm high, the bottle shaped vase attracted global interest when it went under the hammer at Halls’ country house auction.

A vase that had been stored away in a warehouse for years has sold at auction for a whopping £150,000.

The vase, which had suffered significant damage to its rim, was discovered by Alexander Clement, Halls’ Asian art specialist, during a visit to the Southport area.

“We are delighted with the result,” said Mr Clement, “it’s a privilege to be able to sell something so incredibly rare. The Asian buyer accommodated the damage because of its rarity and quality and gave it a really strong price.

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Lot 128 Estimate On Request At Gianguan

Collections can be viewed now at In-gallery preview opens Friday, March 3rd at Gianguan Auctions’ mid-town gallery, 39 W. 56th Street. The sale is Saturday, March 11th, starting at 10 a.m., the first weekend of Asia Week.

Lot 128–a black glazed bottle-neck vase of the Qing Dynasty elaborately enameled with gilt wire outlines on a field of Famille rose. Six Buddhist lions, florals and acanthus leaves are set off by a gilt key-fret rim. The blue reign mark and the Qianlong six-character mark are on its base. The estimate is “by request”.

Year Of The Rooster – Qianlong Rooster Cup Sells For $180,000

Well chicken cup really but who’s counting!

A rare Chinese porcelain cup sold for $180,000 at Brunk Auctions this Saturday.

The Imperial cup features the sealmark of Qianlong in underglaze blue and fine polychrome enameling. It also features an inscribed poem attributed to the Qianlong Emperor which bears the date of the bingshen year (1776).

According to Andrew Brunk, President of Brunk Auctions, “The exceptional sale of this piece of porcelain suggests that Brunk Auctions has extensive reach in the Chinese market. We are delighted that this fine cup sold for a price comparable to similar works at New York Auction houses.”

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Nice – Jaiqing Benbaping – Looks OK to me…

Auction House: Lawrences of Crewkerne

Lot Number: 1981



Benbaping Jaiqing style mark Republic Period enamelled with scrolling flowers and the Eight Buddhist Treasures on a white ground beneath a banded neck and drum shaped top now glued to the base iron red six character seal style mark 26.5cm.

Provenance: acquired by an ancestor of the vendor while working as a solicitor in Shanghai in the early 20th century and thence by descent.

Estimate: 1200-1500

Sold For: 252000

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Asia Week Picks – A selection of period pieces from the forth coming Boldon sale

Boldon auction gallery will be holding a sale on the 9th of November 2016 to coincide with Asia week, they will offer for auction near on 100 lots from an old collection of period pieces, we have picked out just a pieces we feel will do well.

View all the lotos in the sale HERE