Ancient Chinese vase dismissed as a fake sells for 3m pounds!November 14th, 2007 - 10:17 am ICT by admin
The blue-and-white “dragon vase” from the Qing dynasty was found unexpectedly when its owner told Sotheby’s expert Alastair Gibson that she had a vase similar to one on display at a London exhibition.
Gibson visited the collector’s house earlier this year and saw a piece just like the one at the exhibition. He later established that the two were closely related.
On Nov 7, the newly discovered and extremely rare Chinese dragon vase was sold for 2,820,500 pounds, establishing a new auction record for a piece of Qing dynasty blue-and-white porcelain.
The Swiss collector, who does not want to be named, had stored it away after being told it was merely a clever copy of the real thing.
“When I saw it at the bottom of her wardrobe, I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was a stonking piece of porcelain, but she had been told it was a copy in the Seventies. It’s a classic, voluptuous moonflask which, at 50cm, is one of the biggest pieces from the imperial kiln of Qian Long, with the five-clawed imperial dragon symbols on either side,” the Independent quoted Gibson, as saying.
“I remember seeing the brother of this piece… decorated with five-clawed dragons, in the Zwinger museum in Dresden many years ago. The memory of that piece has stayed with me always, and so to have come across this vase was for me the kind of dream that rarely comes true. It is an enchanting piece,” he added.
The previous auction record for a piece of Qing dynasty blue-and-white porcelain is 2,500,314 pounds, achieved for a “dragon and phoenix” moonflask in Hong Kong in October 2005. (ANI)