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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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

V.I.P Jiu 8 – The Imperial Baijiu – Review

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

Our Very First Review Goes Down Well – Ganbei

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