Sale of 18th C. Chinese Vase

Antiques Auction


At our recent sale of fine art and furniture we were very pleased to sell a small late entry Chinese vase for a record sum. The beautifully decorated blue and white vase decorated with Qianlong marks to the base was the subject of fierce bidding with 7 mainly Chinese bidders all locked in a heated battle both on-line and on the telephone.

The vendor, a local Guildford resident inherited the vase from a family member and regarded it as worthless. He stored it in the back of his transit van for some years and it then spent a further period amongst the weeds in his back garden. During the course of its life it had suffered some damage as there was evidence of some poorly effected repairs. Despite this, bidders pushed the lot for an eye watering price of £63,050 including Buyers Premium.

The moral of this story is twofold; firstly never take for granted the value of anything, especially if it is of Chinese origin; and secondly acknowledge that search engines developed by the leading on-line portals will find anything of interest very quickly. If you have anything similar or anything you would like to consign to our auction then we have another sale coming up on Tuesday 24th January 2023, with our consignment window open until Tuesday 17th January 2023. To consign please email our specialist Wayne Brough via 07966 437106 or via email