Rare 19th Century Chinese Vase Hiding in Plain Sight

Posted On: 17 Feb 2024 by Felix Turner

A 19th Century Chinese vase, previously used by the owner at home as a lamp, has sold for £4,400 at Wimbledon Auctions on 22nd January 2024.

Rare 19th Century Chinese Vase Hiding in Plain Sight

The Chinese vase was spotted by Felix Turner whilst looking through an email valuation request for a collection of antique furniture. The vase was visible sitting with a large shade on the left hand side of a drinks cabinet. Instantly recognisable as a Chinese work of art, from it's elephant head handles and painted scene of 'three goats'. The vase was taken in for examination, and the light fitting was removed to reveal a drilled apocryphal seal mark underneath for the Qianlong emperor. Despite the mark, the vase was in fact a later 19th Century imitation of a Qianlong work. Nonetheless, it was of a fine quality, delicately painted and enamelled in the 'famille rose' palette. 

The vase was entered with a £2000-3000 estimate, and following interest from two telephone bidders and a number of internet bidders, the lot sold to a Chinese buyer for £4,400. 

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