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January 25, 2016 - Filed under: Antiques News — Harriet

A man who discovered an old, dusty vase in the loft of his home, was completely surprised to find it was an extremely valuable Chinese artefact.

The unnamed man had taken the vase to be valued. However, he had no idea that it would be valuable, or what it was. The first person to see the vase was Duncan Chilcott from Chilcotts Auctioneers in Devon. The valuer immediately recognised the item as being special. He said:

“The vase looked like something special- the decoration was enamel paint using fine brush work, which indicated to me the highest quality, skilled painting only seen in grand Chinese society.”

Extensive research was carried out to find out more about the antique, which was identified as a moonflask of the Imperial Court. It was thought to be from the 18th century, from the Qianlong period. Prior to the vase being sold, it was even toured around the Far East, which included Beijing and Singapore. Eventually, the antique vase sold for £488,000 to a buyer in Hong Kong. The situation has been likened to a scene in Only Fools and Horses, when Del Boy is amazed to realise an item he owns is worth a fortune.

Antiques are often passed down through a family and can easily be stored away and forgotten over the years. Items like antique desks very often turn out to be valuable while still having a practical use in the home.

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