600-Year Old Chinese Vase
A blue and white Chinese Ming Dynasty Vase that arrived at a Duke, Dorchester-based auction house is expected to sell for more than £1 million or roughly $1.6 million. A rare Chinese vase that was taken to an auction house by a 79-year-old pensioner in a cardboard box has stunned experts when they realised it was from the early Ming period.
The 11.5 inch (29cm) vase is the largest ever recorded from a rare group of early Ming moonflasks from 1403-1424, Duke and Son auction house said. The vase was made during the reign of Yongle, the third emperor of the Ming period, features simple loop handles and appears to be influenced by Islamic design. The Dorchester-based firm said it was believed to be one of the most exciting works of art to come to light in years.
A Chinese vase discovered during a routine clear-out of a bungalow in northwest London has sold at auction for a record £51 million ($83 million), leaving the sellers flabbergasted. A vase that sat, little-noticed, in a modest suburban home has become one of the most expensive Asian artworks ever sold, and underlined the rapid rise of the Chinese art market.
It was sold by a woman clearing out her late sister’s house, and had been valued at £1.2 million. But after fierce competition, it was bought Thursday by a Chinese bidder for many times more. Auctioneer Peter Bainbridge, whose £8.6 million premium is included in the sale price, said Friday that the outcome was a fairy tale, really.