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 www.gianguanacutions.com. 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”.

Chinese General & Princess Tomb Filled With Figurines

Photo courtesy Chinese Cultural Relics

The tomb of a general and his princess wife buried on March 18, in the year 564, has been discovered in China.

Found tomb containing skeletons of General Zhao Xin and Princess Neé Liu.

The princess was the daughter of the Cong Ming King from the Northern Qi Dynasty, which existed for just 27 years and was one of the shortest and mysterious dynasties in Chinese history.

The ancient tomb, which contained the couple’s skeletons, was also filled with figurines.

Apart from the remains of the couple, 80 exquisite coloured figurines have also been found inside their tomb chamber.

A sandstone inscription found in the tomb describes the life of the couple Zhao Xin and his wife, Princess Neé Liu. The inscription says (in translation), “On the 20th day of the second moon of the third year of the Heqing period [a date researchers said corresponds to March 18, 564], they were buried together.”

Zhao was the son of the leader of a local tribe and was born with a general title, according to the inscription, which was written in ancient Chinese.

The man was born with a general title and was promoted three times in his life. When he died at the age of 67, he was the general of a garrison of solders at Huangniu Town, leading some 5,000 soldiers.

The man’s presence could ‘command a hundred cities and scare off 10,000 men’, said the inscription.

As a reward to his loyal service, Zhao was given three more titles after he had passed away, including the Jiabiaoqi Great General and the local executive of Chanshan County.

Of Princess Neé Liu, the inscription says that “by nature, she was modest and humble, and sincerity and filial piety were her roots. Her accommodating nature was clear, her behavior respectful and chaste.”

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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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