This seemingly ordinary British kitchen vase turned out to be a Qing dynasty treasure

Kept until now in a kitchen as an ordinary decorative object, this vase has recently revealed its future nature. Indeed, it is actually a work of art from the Qing dynasty. We tell you more about this vase worth millions.

Of treasure vase

Seeing this porcelain or and blue vase for the very first time in a friend’s kitchen in the late 1990s, Mark Newstead was very intrigued. Asian ceramics and artworks consultant for Dreweatts, auction house, he actually felt that the colors, shape and design of the vase make him a more than ordinary decoration.

As reported CNN, his intuition turned out to be correct. The vase is a rare ceramic dating from the 18th century, during the Qing dynasty era in China. An object so precious that it was recently sold at auction for the sum of 1.8 million dollars.

Uncertain origins

This famous vase was bought in the 1980s by a surgeon in England for a few hundred pounds, as Dreweatts explained in a press release. Then he named it to his son, Mark Newstead’s friend, who decorated it in his kitchen.

According Live Science, its origin remains uncertain. Justin Jacobs, an American University history professor studying the looting of Chinese cultural artifacts, told Live Science that it could be a gift from the emperor then sold under duress in the 20th century. It is also possible that it was used as spoils of war during military looting, from 1860 to 1901. “We just don’t know how the vase left China and we probably never will”he explained.

Besides, a mark on the bottom of the vase is associated with the Qianlong Emperor who was the sixth emperor of the Qing dynasty from 1736 to 1795. Extending from 1644 to 1912, it is the last imperial dynasty of Spine.

A valuable collector’s item

So precious, this vase has become a collector’s item. So much so that the auction has “ignites very strong interest from China, Hong Kong, the United States and the United Kingdom. This is proof of the demand for the finest porcelain”explained Mark Newstead.

To know also: the real value of this vase lies in its know-how. Its main color, cobalt blue, is very rich and is more accurately called “superficial blue”. A color identical to that of part of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. Fired several times, this vase combines gold and silver. A technique that “would have been very difficult to achieve and that makes the piece all the more valuable”a conclusive Mark Newstead.

Illustration image ― PAUL ATKINSON /

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