Chinese pot used as everyday household ornament sells for £160,000

Chinese pot used as everyday household ornament by British family sells for £160,000 after turning out to be 400-year-old treasure

  • Pot dates from the reign of the Chinese Kangxi emperor in the 17th century
  • It was acquired by a British trader who worked by the Yangtze River in the 1850s
  • For years a Suffolk family kept it around their home as a decorative object
  • It sold for a hammer price of £125,000a total cost of £162,500 including fees
  • A 400-year-old Chinese pot used as an everyday household ornament by a British family has sold for more than £160,000.

    The blue and white brush pot, once used to hold an artist’s paintbrushes, dates from the reign of the Chinese Kangxi emperor in the 17th century.

    It was acquired by a British businessman who traded in oriental silk and porcelain along the Yangtze River in Guangdong province in the 1850s, and he took the remarkable object back to England where it was passed through his descendants.

    Now his relatives living in Suffolk, who wish to remain anonymous, are amazed after the 7ins tall item they kept around their home as a decoration sold for a hammer price of £125,000 at Sworders Auctioneers of Stanstead Mountfitchet, 에 섹스.

    With fees added on, the anonymous buyer paid £162,500 for it, making more than 50 times the valuer’s modest estimation of just £3,000.

    Oriental porcelain was once highly fashionable among westerners who brought it home in great quantities from their sojourns to the Far East, but over the last decade demand has skyrocketed as newly-rich Chinese collectors seek to ‘buy backtheir heritage.

    The blue and white brush pot, once used to hold an artist's paintbrushes, dates from the reign of the Chinese Kangxi emperor in the 17th century

    The blue and white brush pot, once used to hold an artist’s paintbrushes, dates from the reign of the Chinese Kangxi emperor in the 17th century

    It was acquired by a British businessman who traded in oriental silk and porcelain along the Yangtze River in Guangdong province in the 1850s, and he took the remarkable object back to England where it was passed through his descendants

    It was acquired by a British businessman who traded in oriental silk and porcelain along the Yangtze River in Guangdong province in the 1850s, and he took the remarkable object back to England where it was passed through his descendants

    The poem inscribed in blue around the cylindrical pot was written by ancient poet Wang Bao and instructs a divine ruler to appoint wise and virtuous ministers.

    The family also sold several other highly valuable pots brought back from China by their ancestor, including one depicting the emperor at a meeting with officials which sold for £22,000.

    전체적으로, the set of three pots made them almost £200,000.

    Kangxi, whose personal name was Xaunye, was China’s longest reigning emperor who ruled during the Qing dynasty between 1661 ...에 1722.

    During his 61 year reign, he defeated revolts by feudal lords, submitted Mongol rebels to his rule, and saw off Tsarist Russia in border disputes.

    Yexue Li, head of Asian sales at Sworders, 말했다: ‘Prices for porcelain from the Kangxi period are extremely high at the moment.

    ‘Brush pots with classical texts represent a key moment in the early history of the Qing dynasty.

    Kangxi, whose personal name was Xaunye, was China's longest reigning emperor who ruled during the Big dynasty between 1661 ...에 1722

    Kangxi, whose personal name was Xaunye, was China’s longest reigning emperor who ruled during the Big dynasty between 1661 ...에 1722

    사진: The base of the pot. The poem inscribed in blue around the cylindrical pot was written by ancient poet Wang Bao and instructs a divine ruler to appoint wise and virtuous ministers

    사진: The base of the pot. The poem inscribed in blue around the cylindrical pot was written by ancient poet Wang Bao and instructs a divine ruler to appoint wise and virtuous ministers

    ‘By using these poems and stories from antiquity, the emperor was cultivating the support of courtiers and implying that the he was part of a continuous line reaching far into Chinese history.

    ‘Kangxi blue and white was once the epitome of western taste and widely collected in Europe.

    ‘More recently it has become avidly sought in the Far East.

    ‘We realized how valuable this could be when we discovered a similar example in the British Museum and another in the Palace Museum in Beijing.

    ‘We are delighted we were able to achieve such a high price for for the seller.

    ‘The family watched the auction online and were amazed with the level of bidding and the final price.

    ‘They had used it as a decorative object in their home.

    The Kangxi emperor was the third successor of the Qing dynasty and his reign became known as the ‘prosperous erabecause he brought economic and political stability to the country.