The Guardian mentions a £1m valuation for the Ming-era vase that an elderly man brought into Duke’s auction house in Dorset in a cardboard box. The way Chinese works of art have been shooting well beyond estimates, who knows what it will being on March 12th when it is auctioned:
Experts at Duke’s in Dorchester, Dorset, were stunned when the 79-year-old man, who used to work for Cadbury, showed them the 29cm-tall vase, thought to date from between 1403 and 1424.
The vase was made during the reign of Yongle – the third emperor of the Ming period – features simple loop handles and appears to be influenced by Islamic design.
Guy Schwinge, from Duke’s, said he was stunned when he first saw the elegant blue and white piece.