Originally Published by Mike Wehner, BGR
September 5, 2019
The vase is in incredible condition considering its age and it was originally made for an 18th-century Chinese emperor who reigned between 1735 and 1796. Now, centuries later, it somehow found its way to the shelves of a charity shop.
High-end auction house Sworders will now handle the selling of the piece and it’s expected to fetch a minimum of £50,000 ($61,600) and perhaps as much as £80,000 ($98,700) when it goes up for sale on November 8th.
The item description from Sworders reads as follows: The 8in (19cm) high pear-shaped wall pocket with ruyi handles and a yellow ‘sgraffito’ ground is inscribed with a poem praising incense alongside a yuti mark and two iron-red seal marks reading Qianlong chen han (‘the Qianlong Emperor’s own mark’) and Weijing weiyi (be precise, be undivided).
It’s a major win for the lucky owner and it will surely make a lovely addition to someone’s fancy art collection. You probably won’t have the same luck, but maybe it’s worth a trip to a nearby thrift shop just to be sure.