A lucky punter bought a famille rose Qianlong wall vase (Sedan Vase) from a charity shop in the Hertfordshire area for only £1. The vase is now with Sworders auction house and will be offered for sale in autumn carrying a £50,000 estimate.
The owner had put the vase on eBay originally, but after lots of offers and bids he decided to withdraw it from eBay and instead took it to his local saleroom for a fuller appraisal.
The vase is pear shaped and 19cm tall, with ruyi handles on a yellow ground and is inscribed with a poem praising incense alongside a yuti mark and two iron-red seal marks reading Qianlong.
The wall vase now forms part of Sworders’ Asian Art auction on November 8 with an estimate of £50,000-80,000.