Chinese vase found in North Yorkshire home goes for £2.6m

Director Jane Tennant with the Chinese blue and white porcelain bottle vase

Director Jane Tennant with the Chinese blue and white porcelain bottle vase

First published in News The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author Exclusive by , Regional Chief Reporter

AN antique Chinese vase valued at £20,000 to £30,000 after being found in a North Yorkshire family home today (Friday, November 16) fetched £2.6m at auction.

Art buyers from across Asia descended on the Yorkshire Dales market town of Leyburn to bid for the 300-year-old blue and white bottle vase.

The antique was discovered by Rodney Tennant, from Tennants Auctioneers, during a routine house call to value the contents.

Mr Tennant said the unnamed owner had no idea of its value, adding: “It had been in the house for 45 years.

“He said it was a wonder it had never been damaged by cats and dogs running around and kids playing football in the room - they said it was the only item in the house not to be damaged.”

Mr Tennant studied Oriental porcelain in London 40 years ago and realised immediately it was valuable.

“If it had been a rare clock I probably wouldn’t have looked twice,” the auctioneer admitted.

It was initially thought the vase was a replica made in the 19th century.

However, after studying the piece in detail this week, experts from around the world agreed it was made during the reign of Emperor Yongzheng who ruled China from 1722 to 1735.

Mr Tennant said: “There has been a lot of interest in it.

“It’s been Asian Art Week in London and people have cancelled their return trip to come up to Leyburn.

“We had one couple get a taxi here from London - I think they thought it was just up the road.

“The vase is the right mark, the right period and it’s immaculate – one crack and you could have knocked off £1m from the sale price.”

Wenguang Lu, from Cixi City, in China, got up at 3.30am on Friday to drive from London to Leyburn with several friends.

He said: “We drove for four hours to get here because it’s a very important item.” The vase was eventually sold to a Chinese telephone bidder based in Hong Kong.

The sale prompted a round of applause in the auction room.

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10:37pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Davy Crocket says...

Crazy ... all for a bit of clay. I dont suppose the starving millions in the world will care much either .... who listens to them ?
Crazy ... all for a bit of clay. I dont suppose the starving millions in the world will care much either .... who listens to them ? Davy Crocket
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10:52pm Fri 16 Nov 12

steapuk says...

This is almost right out of a scene from only fools and horses.

Did the owner faint as the hammer fell? Lol
This is almost right out of a scene from only fools and horses. Did the owner faint as the hammer fell? Lol steapuk
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12:40am Sat 17 Nov 12

schmuck says...

i think its more than "a bit of clay" its a rare piece of art that happens to be in immaculate condition. and really, what has starving millions got to do with the amount paid for a historical vase.
i think its more than "a bit of clay" its a rare piece of art that happens to be in immaculate condition. and really, what has starving millions got to do with the amount paid for a historical vase. schmuck
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10:40am Sat 17 Nov 12

bedan42 says...

....very similar to two I bought at Poundland last week
....very similar to two I bought at Poundland last week bedan42
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11:21am Sat 17 Nov 12

vercingetorix says...

dont like ceramics
dont like ceramics vercingetorix
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5:30pm Sat 17 Nov 12

Albie. says...

It's just amazing that it has been kept in such good condition,for hundred's of year's.
It's just amazing that it has been kept in such good condition,for hundred's of year's. Albie.
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12:09am Sun 18 Nov 12

bishop1 says...

don't care what anyone says but you really would have to have more money than sense to pay £2.6 million for a vase , even 20 grand is way ott in my mind .
lets not lose sight of the fact that it is a vase , an ornament & thus has no use other than to stand in a cabinet or whatever , or maybe put some flowers in it then cry when it falls over & breaks , oops .
don't care what anyone says but you really would have to have more money than sense to pay £2.6 million for a vase , even 20 grand is way ott in my mind . lets not lose sight of the fact that it is a vase , an ornament & thus has no use other than to stand in a cabinet or whatever , or maybe put some flowers in it then cry when it falls over & breaks , oops . bishop1
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10:58am Sun 18 Nov 12

drainman says...

bishop1 wrote:
don't care what anyone says but you really would have to have more money than sense to pay £2.6 million for a vase , even 20 grand is way ott in my mind .
lets not lose sight of the fact that it is a vase , an ornament & thus has no use other than to stand in a cabinet or whatever , or maybe put some flowers in it then cry when it falls over & breaks , oops .
I've got four of those vases in my loft, honestly........Plea
se send 1 million pounds to my African bank account and i'll post them to you later!!!! horrible vases but a beauitful pile of cash you luck sod.
[quote][p][bold]bishop1[/bold] wrote: don't care what anyone says but you really would have to have more money than sense to pay £2.6 million for a vase , even 20 grand is way ott in my mind . lets not lose sight of the fact that it is a vase , an ornament & thus has no use other than to stand in a cabinet or whatever , or maybe put some flowers in it then cry when it falls over & breaks , oops .[/p][/quote]I've got four of those vases in my loft, honestly........Plea se send 1 million pounds to my African bank account and i'll post them to you later!!!! horrible vases but a beauitful pile of cash you luck sod. drainman
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3:19pm Sun 18 Nov 12

kendizx9r says...

Our lass says i have more money than sense and is wanting to put a bunch of artificial flowers in it, wish i'd gone to poundland now >skint
Our lass says i have more money than sense and is wanting to put a bunch of artificial flowers in it, wish i'd gone to poundland now >skint kendizx9r
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