A woman discovers in her country house a Chinese vase valued at about 10 million dollarsJun 302020
The piece, from the Qing dynasty, remained forgotten in a closet for six decades.
A rare Chinese vase discovered in near-perfect condition in a rural home in Europe could fetch around $ 10 million at auction.
The owner, an 80-year-old woman, found the dust-covered piece in a closet and contacted art specialist Bosch van Rosenthal from Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
The expert came to the house and the object surprised him from the first moment, so he contacted the Sotheby’s auction house in Asia, whose president, Nicolas Chow, traveled to the Netherlands to study the piece in person.
"One day I received an email and saw an extraordinary vase. Just from the way it was decorated, it was quite obvious what it was. So I took a fast plane and traveled to this house in Europe. On the table was that vase, quite dusty , and yet a forgotten piece of Qing porcelain, "Chow told The Value portal.
The piece, which the owner kept for six decades in a closet, was a work of art from the Qing dynasty dating from the 18th century.
According to Sotheby’s specialists, the vessel was manufactured in 1742 or 1743 under the supervision of the renowned porcelain artist Tang Ying and was kept in the palace of the Forbidden City in Beijing where the emperor met with his high advisers.
In 1954, the piece appeared in Sotheby's London catalog as part of the collection of a British oriental ceramics expert and was purchased by Henry Knight, a renowned Dutch collector of the time.
Now, the Sotheby’s subsidiary in Hong Kong expects to sell the vase for HK $ 70-90 million (US $ 9-11.6 million). In 2018, two ancient Japanese vases were auctioned in this same house for almost $ 20 million.