House Clearance Vase Sells For £200k – Let The Pictures Speak

How many times have we heard the same regurgitated story? Rare Ming vase used as door stop sells for millions or rare Xuande bowl used as cat bed sells for hundreds of thousands. Well, here is another. I am not going to bother commenting on wether fake or real anymore regarding these sensationalized stories, read the story look at the pics and make up your own mind (Look carefully at the two vases, its all in the details).

Either someone got the deal of a lifetime or the mother of all headaches. Due to the auction house failing to correctley attribute the piece as mark and period or not the buyer has no recourse or a legal leg to stand on.

Another plant or genuine? Time will tell…

On a personal note, I hope all turns out to be OK for the buyer…

Read what the press are printing

A rare 18th century Chinese vase uncovered during a house clearance has sold for £230,000 – well over its pre-sale estimate of £100.

The 11in (27cm) high vase on hardwood stand came for sale in Felixstowe on July 31 from a local gentleman. It had previously belonged to an aunt who had spent many years in the Far East.

The auctioneer who flogged it was left ‘shaking’ after the fierce bidding war over the vase. The vase belonged to a local pensioner who was selling items in his house to move into a care home.

Bidding for the vase had opened in the room at £800 before two online bidders quickly took the contest to five figures. A competitor in the room came back in at £80,000 and finally won the lot against bidders at £200,000 (plus 15% buyer’s premium).

Although inspired by 15th century design, and with a six-character reign mark for the Ming emperor Chenghua (1464-87), the vase is thought to date from the Yongzheng period (1723-1735) of the Qing dynasty.

The auction house had given it a ‘conservative’ pre-sale estimate of £100, as they did not think it was in the ‘top league’ of Imperial Chinese porcelain.

Auctioneer Nigel Papworth said: “With pieces of porcelain like this there are a lot of copies about and it’s tough to tell what’s what.

“It has the reign marks of the Chenghua period, from the mid-15th Century, but the Chinese paid homage to their ancestors and put earlier marks on later pieces,” he said.

“So it’s generally the agreed opinion that this is, as we suspected, from the 1700s.

“When £190,000 flashed up from an internet bidder, the next bid was in the room and the chap nodded and said yes – we knocked it down at £200,000.”

The vase contains a small hairline crack on its neck, and a firing crack in its base that was “probably decorated over at the time of manufacture”, he added.

Mr Papworth said the vase was “not in the top league” of imperial Chinese antiquities, and a copy recently sold in the US for just $200.

The Christies Vase Below