A charger – which is a kind of plate-like ornament – believed to be over 600 years old has recently sold at an auction in Ottawa for more than $1 million.
The Dragon Charger is thought to be from the early Ming or Yuan Dynasty and has white detail on a blue background.
According to a report by the CBC, the bidder had flown to Ottawa especially for the sale. Bidding commenced at $300 and the amount continued to steadily increase. The co-owner of the auction house, Jeffery Walker, said that as the amount reached the half million stage, the room went completely silent.
Although the foreign bidder – who wants to remain anonymous – was competing against a telephone bidder, they eventually secured the charger at $1,025,000. Walker, who is a co-owner of Walker’s Fine Art & Estate Auctions, said that the antique would have been used as decoration rather than being functional.
According to some media reports, the starting price was off-target, but Walker stated that Chinese antiques are unpredictable and much harder to value. He also said that sometimes, the value is what a person is willing to pay for an item.
The charger had been sold by the Gardiner Museum located in Toronto, and the proceeds would be used for investment in Canadian pottery. The auction house donated the buyer’s premium of $175,000 to the museum.
Valuable items such as decorative plates may be found with a much lower price at antiques dealers. In Lancashire, a varied selection of furniture – including an antique cabinet in which to display decorative plates and other ornaments – can be discovered.
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