FOUND - Chinese Vase Fetches $873,000

Sale Stuns Owner... Sets New Record for Ireland

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The vase (pictured) rocketed past a $900 estimate to fetch $873,000 in under ten minutes.

June 23, 2017
By James Massey, What Sells Best News

DURROW, IRELAND (VIDEO) – Sheppard’s Irish Auction House reports, a vase expected to fetch $900 (€800) has shocked its owner by selling for $873,000 (€740,000) and setting a new auction record for Ireland.

The Antiques Trade Gazette reported the 9-inch tall Chinese vase from the Qing Dynasty was taken to the auction house for consignment, by a man who had inherited it from his father.

The $873,000 sale, is thought to be the highest price paid at public auction for an Asian art item in Ireland. And while it surprised everyone, it's not the first time everyone's been surprised by such a sale... as you'll see later.

Only $900 Expected by Seller

Reportedly, when auctioneer Philip Sheppard received the vase, he gave it a conservative estimate of $900 - $1,300 (€800 - €1,200), because he couldn't be certain that it had an imperial tie to it. He explained his decision further in the interview with Antiques Trade Gazette.

“If I can’t be certain it’s an imperial piece, then we estimate based on what it’s worth when it’s not. My job is to connect these pieces to the world of experts via the internet. They come and form opinions and that’s what happened here.”

Bidding War Leaves Seller Stunned

When the bidding started with multiple telephone and internet bidders from around the world. The price reportedly rocketed from an opening bid of $450 to $873,000, in under ten minutes.

The Irish Times reported, when Philip Sheppard informed the seller of the results. “His reaction was silence for a little bit and he said to me that his expectation was to get €800 ($900) for it,” Mr Sheppard said.

Treasures Hidden in Plain Sight

Just a few months ago we reported on another vase which surprised us. The vase was expected to fetch $2,000... but it sold for $1 Million in a London auction.

While our treasure reports are literally filled with these types of discoveries. There's something about Chinese porcelain treasures that continues to stand out.

A number of extremely valuable Chinese ceramics have been found in unusual circumstances, and often hidden in plain sight.

Here's some examples (note: prices may vary due to currency exchange rates and/or buyer premiums which may, or may not, be reflected):

Auction Information

The vase featured in this story was sold by Sheppard’s Irish Auction House on June 17, 2017. At the time of publication, the item was still listed on the Live Auctioneers website as lot number 86.

Top 'Vases' on eBay

See if you can spot a bargain among antique vases on ebay (research prices). Also see, Top 25: Asian Antiques on ebay, worldwide, right now (links open on ebay).


IMPORTANT LARGE ANTIQUE CHINESE MEIPING FORM VASE WITH DRAGON + KANGXI MARK

High Bid: $2,275.00
Bids: 34
Time Left:
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FINE ANTIQUE CHINESE COPPER RED GLAZED PORCELAIN VASE - QIANLONG ROCKEFELLER

High Bid: $1,975.00
Bids: 41
Time Left:
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ANTIQUE JAPANESE CLOISONNE TRAY WITH COCKEREL AND CHICK - NAMIKAWA SOSUKE

High Bid: $1,851.00
Bids: 40
Time Left:
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SUPERB CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE PORCELAIN CENSER JIAJING MARK PROBABLY PERIOD

High Bid: $1,433.39
Bids: 19
Time Left:
4d 11h 6m


PERFECT CHINESE MID 19TH C.CENTURY FAMILLE ROSE CELADON PAIR QUALITY VASES

High Bid: $1,325.00
Bids: 30
Time Left:
4d 20h 48m


RARE LARGE ANTIQUE JAPANESE KAKIEMON 10 SIDED PORCELAIN VASE - 18C

High Bid: $1,009.00
Bids: 11
Time Left:
4d 19h 28m


FINE ANTIQUE CHINESE PORCELAIN COVERED JAR VASE WITH COLORFUL BIRD + FLOWERS

High Bid: $890.00
Bids: 20
Time Left:
4d 20h 46m


OLD ANTIQUE JAPANESE CLOISONNE TRAY WITH FLYING DUCK - NAMIKAWA SOSUKE

High Bid: $855.00
Bids: 45
Time Left:
4d 19h 9m


Antique Chinese 19th Century Monochrome Blue Vase Gold Painted Birds Trees LARGE

High Bid: $703.17
Bids: 34
Time Left:
3d 14h 5m


TWO PIECES ANTIQUE CHINESE TEA DUST GLAZED PORCELAIN - VASE AND CUP

High Bid: $610.00
Bids: 15
Time Left:
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MASSIVE ANTIQUE CHINESE BLUE WHITE MOON FLASK VASE W FIGURES ON HORSEBACK

High Bid: $600.80
Bids: 23
Time Left:
4d 21h 4m


A Chinese Antique white jade vase

High Bid: $599.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
6d 21h 17m


Antique 1920s French Art Deco, LE VERRE FRANCAIS, Cameo Glass Vase Grapes & Vine

High Bid: $510.00
Bids: 18
Time Left:
3d 18h 36m


SUPERB ANTIQUE AUBERGINE GLAZED HU FORM VASE W GREAT COLOR - 1700'S

High Bid: $493.00
Bids: 34
Time Left:
4d 21h 37m


IMPRESSIVE Chinese Antiques Porcelain Oriental Famille Rose warriors Vases

High Bid: $473.29
Bids: 21
Time Left:
3d 8h 33m


RARE AND UNUSUAL ANTIQUE JAPANESE CLOISONNE VASE W RELIEF AND SILVER SIGNED

High Bid: $455.00
Bids: 40
Time Left:
4d 19h 13m


antique old stock natural red coral necklace silver clasp gold Plated

High Bid: $450.00
Bids: 37
Time Left:
3d 11h 55m


ANTIQUE CHINESE PORCELAIN POWDER BLUE GLAZED AND GILT COVERED JAR VASE

High Bid: $435.00
Bids: 29
Time Left:
4d 21h 23m


ANTIQUE CHINESE PORCELAIN VASE WITH DETAILED FIGURES IN LANDSCAPE AND MARK

High Bid: $413.00
Bids: 29
Time Left:
4d 20h 47m


LARGE ROSE MEDALLION QING DYNASTY LAMP VASE

High Bid: $400.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
2d 12h 41m


Antique Chinese cinnabar vase

High Bid: $399.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
5d 16h 46m


Museum Quality! Japanese Antiques Oriental Enamel Satsuma Container Meiji Period

High Bid: $385.39
Bids: 30
Time Left:
3d 14h 53m


IMPORTANT ANTIQUE CHINESE COPPER RED GLAZED PORCELAIN BOTTLE VASE - QIANLONG

High Bid: $371.00
Bids: 13
Time Left:
4d 20h 51m


Chinese famille rose vase antique porcelain pottery signed blue circles marked

High Bid: $355.00
Bids: 19
Time Left:
3d 8h 48m


Xuande Marked Chinese Blue And White ‘Landscape’ Vase

High Bid: $351.00
Bids: 33
Time Left:
3d 9h 56m