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Chinese vase found in shoebox in attic sells for 16.2 million euros

By Bo Leung in London | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2018-06-12 22:38
The Chinese yangcai vase is decorated with deer and cranes. Photo provided to China Daily

Chinese famille-rose (rose family) porcelain wares of the Qianlong period are extremely rare on the market, with most examples currently housed in the National Palace Museum in Taipei and other museums around the world.

When these pieces do come to auction, they sell for astronomical prices. Earlier this year at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, a famille-rose porcelain bowl was sold for HK$239 million ($30.4 million).

Sotheby’s said that these so-called yangcai porcelain commissions were the very epitome of the ware produced by the Jingdezhen imperial kilns. They were made as one-of-a-kind items, sometimes in pairs, but never in large quantities.

“This is a major work of art, it is as if we had just discovered a Caravaggio,” Olivier Valmier, the Asian arts expert at the auction house, said before the sale.

A 18th century Chinese imperial vase discovered in the attic of a family home in France was sold for 16.2 million euros ($19 million) at Sotheby’s in Paris on Tuesday. [Photo/VCG]
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