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October 20, 2014 - Filed under: Antique Tables — Richard

A vase that had been purchased at a car boot sale for just £18 has delighted its owner by turning out to be worth far more than expected

An antiques expert who features on BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, believes that the vase is a rare Chinese antique which dates back around 400 years.

The vase was bought in Leicestershire, although the details of the sale and purchaser haven’t been released. It was taken along to Hanson’s Auctioneers to find out more about the item. According to Charles Hanson, the owner wanted to know more about the origin of the vase. Guest expert in Oriental antiques, Lars Tharp, confirmed that the rare vase was from the 1600s, either late Ming dynasty or early Qing, perhaps between 1620 to 1683.

The vase will be placed in the December auction, with an estimated value of up to £5,000. Mr. Tharp, a regular on Antiques Roadshow, spoke of the beauty of the vase, the skill of the painting. He said:

“The finest objects are embellished with groups of figures in distinctive landscapes showing steep walls of rocks and cone shaped mountains.”

Hanson stated that porcelain at that time was made according to the taste of Europeans. He expects the vase to attract world wide attention with fierce competition from bidders of the Far East. A vase such as this would grace the most elegant room, perhaps placed on an antique dining table . Cumbria is a popular location for collectors of fine antiques.

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