40 years, the rarest Chinese relic was used as a stand for umbrellas and walking sticks

40 years, the rarest Chinese relic was used as a stand for umbrellas and walking sticks

21 July 2019, 22:27
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The 80-year-old widow from Manchester (United Kingdom) decided to move to a nursing home after her husband died. The old woman began to sell unnecessary things: clothes, furniture and furnishings to save money to pay for housing and medical staff. But suddenly it turned out that she was rich - for 40 years on the porch of her house there is a rare Chinese relic - the emperor Jiacin vase. It turns out that she and her husband had put canes and umbrellas there for half their lives.

Once a woman bought this vase for 200 pounds. Neither the seller nor she herself attached importance to the imperial stamp on the bottom of the vase. And it would be worth it. True, it surfaced only now, when art appraisers took over the work. The old woman hired them to help her deal with the sale of things before moving to a nursing home. The experts were shocked, and the owner of the vase herself almost got a heart attack - her cane stand turned out to be the rarest thing of the beginning of the 19th century, commissioned by the Chinese emperor Jiacin.

“The seller was stunned and almost speechless. We were shocked too. We did not expect that even in good condition a vase would cost more than 5,000 pounds sterling,” said representatives of the British auction, where they set up a vase.

It should be said here that in 40 years of operation, the vase really came into a deplorable state: multiple chips and cracks formed on the imperial relics as a result of the constant throwing of umbrellas and reeds into it.

But despite all the damage, several collectors from China are seriously interested in the lot, and the result of the auction was a staggering amount - 94,000 pounds sterling. If we add to this the obligatory duty that a buyer from another state is obliged to pay, it will turn out even more - 110,000 pounds sterling.

Getting a vase from China to the UK remains a mystery to art historians. Probably, it was brought by the father or grandfather of the seller (the one that once did not pay attention to the stigma) after serving in the army in the Far East.
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