Two ceramic vessels, which were made in the 18th century during the Qing dynasty, fetched £59,800 at Roseberys auction house on Tuesday. The 11.5-centimeter-tall, finely painted vessels feature blossoming chrysanthemum heads and curling lotus leaves in red, yellow, and green with blue glaze.
Both vessels are painted using a special porcelain painting technique used in the earlier Ming Dynasty, where designs are outlined in blue before glazing, Bill Forrest, deputy director and head of Asian art at Roseberys, said ahead of the sale. According to him, Chinese imperial porcelain is not often found because it was ordered only for the imperial court.
The original buyer of the vessels is a “passionate ceramic collector” who did not want to be named, Forrest said. Last year he spotted them in a thrift store and bought them without knowing their true value. It wasn’t until he discovered and examined the inscription of Qianlong, an emperor of the Qin dynasty who ruled for six decades, that he realized their potential at the bottom of one jar. He then took the items to the auction house for valuation.
The seller donates a significant portion of the profit to the charity to which the used goods store belongs, although he did not specify the exact amount, CNN wrote.
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