Qianlong Vase Bought For £1 Sells For £484,000

Qianlong Vase Bought For £1 Sells For £484,000

A very fortunate man bought a vase from a charity shop in England for one pound sterling, because he thought it was attractive. He then decided to put the vase on e-bay. It aroused so much interest he decided to take it off and take it to a antique valuer.

At Sworders fine art auctioneers in Essex, expert Yexue Li immediately knew she was looking at a valuable piece. The vase turned out to be an 18th century piece made for the Emperor Qianlong. The colours and inscription confirmed its provenance.

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A Century Of Shame – 再也不会

A Century Of Shame - 再也不会

Before becoming the superpower that we know the country as today however, China endured a turbulent period. Varyingly referred to as the Century of Shame or the Century of Humiliation, the period between 1839 and 1949 is not remembered with fondness in China. For the first and only time in the nation’s history, Japan and the west considered China an easy target for domination and subjugation.

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Further Reading: A Century Of Humiliation – Global Humiliation That Is

Famille Verte Anhua Dragon Vase

Famille Verte Anhua Dragon Vase

Description: A good 19th century flared bottle vase finely painted with a green five-clawed dragon leaping amidst clouds in pursuit of a flaming pearl, the dragon with angered facial expression flanked by a pair of horns and revealing gnarled teeth, the mythical beast with its outstretched claws of sharpened talons in flight all above a ring of crashing waves. The vase is finely incised with two bands of anhua decoration.

Age: 19th century

Size: Approx 18 cm High

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Famille Verte Anhua Dragon Vase

A Ming Gilt Bronze Figure Of Guanyin

A Ming Gilt Bronze Figure Of Guanyin

Description: Modelled in dhyanasana with hands in abhayamudra, wearing flowing robes, an elaborate necklace over the plain chest, earrings and a tall pierced tiara with scrolling leaves, the face with a serene expression all upon a triple lotus base with traces of original gilding.

Age: Ming Dynasty

Size: Approx 28.5 cm High

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A Ming Gilt Bronze Figure Of Guanyin

V.I.P Jiu 8 – The Best Baijiu In The World – Review

V.I.P Jiu 8 - The Best Baijiu In The World Review

Our Very First Review Goes Down Well – Ganbei

V.I.P Jiu 8 is marketed as the, “the best in the world.” That’s a bold claim, and one that invites significant analysis. The world is a pretty big place, after all, and offers plenty of competition.

Having experienced this spirit, however, I’m willing to let this slide. This is a unique-tasting baijiu, unlike many of the more popular commercial brands. On the grounds of originality alone, I’m prepared to recommend it – though the qualities of the spirit also stretch beyond mere novelty.

The V.I.P Jiu 8 brand refers to itself as, “the Imperial baijiu.” This is more than just a catchy slogan; this spirit apparently follows a recipe laid down by none other than the Kangxi Emperor, thought by many to be one of China’s finest and wisest rulers.

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An Archaistic Bronze Bianhu

An Archaistic Bronze Bianhu

Description: Of flattened oval section raised on a oval hollow base, a pair of taotie masks applied to the shoulders, The vessel is otherwise undecorated except for a recessed panel around front and back and a raised band around neck. Dark green patina.

This type of wine vessel first appeared in the Warring States period (457-221 BC) as beverage containers, although some scholars believe it was an innovation of the Eastern Zhou period.

Age: Yuan/Ming Dynasty

Size: Approx 20 cm High

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An Archaistic Bronze Bianhu