For years they had a Chinese vase as a decoration in their home without knowing it was worth over $ 160,000 – CVBJ


Recently, the British auction house Sworders Auctioneers managed to sell an over 400-year-old Chinese vase for $ 168,000, which belonged to a family who for years used it as a decorative element in their home.

According to information published by the Daily Mail, the cylindrical porcelain vessel dates from the 17th century, when China was ruled by Emperor Kangxi (1661-1722), the fourth ruler of the last Chinese Qing Imperial Dynasty, and that at that time it was used by an artist to keep his brushes there.

In 1850, a British businessman who traded in oriental silk and porcelain along the Yangtze River acquired the coin and brought it back to the United Kingdom, where it passed into the hands of his descendants.

Yexue Li, sales manager for the Asian section of Swords, told the media that on the surface of the cylindrical vessel was written a poem by ancient poet Wang Bao, ordering a divine ruler to appoint wise and righteous ministers. . “The brush pots with classical texts represent a key moment in the history of the early Qing dynasty,” said the expert.

In addition, he explained that objects of this type were once “the epitome of Western taste and were widely collected in Europe”. “More recently, it has become in great demand in the Far East,” he added. Experts realized the value of the object, around 18 centimeters high, when they discovered a similar copy in the British Museum in London and another at the Palace Museum in the Forbidden City in Beijing.

“Prices for Kangxi period porcelain are extremely high right now,” the expert said, as the vase was sold for $ 214,000 while the family received $ 168,000.

The family also sold other high-value ships brought from China by their predecessor, including one representing the Emperor in a meeting with officials, which sold for $ 29,500. In total, they made $ 270,000.

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