Qianlong Vase Found In UK Kitchen Sells For £1.5 Million

A large Qianlong vase bought in the 19800s for a few hundred pounds has just sold at auction for £1.5 million. The 60 cm tall vase decorated with silver and gilt against a blue background depicts cranes and bats was owned by a doctor who passed it on to his son without realizing the value.

The vase sold over the phone to an overseas bidder Berkshire-based Dreweatts Auctioneers. The vase bears a Qianlong seal mark to the base. There seems to be no other documented vase decorated with the same subject in gold and silver.

The rich cobalt blue is often referred to as ‘sacrificial blue’, deriving from the use of vessels in this colour glaze being used during sacrifices at the Imperial Altar of Heaven.


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