Chinese Qing dynasty vase brings $3m world record



2015-06-26 13:04:13

Chinese Qing dynasty vase brings $3m world record

The record-setting Chinese Qing dynasty vase was consigned by descendants of China's last royal family

An extremely rare blue and white dragon and lotus vase from China's Qing dynasty has sold with spectacular results as part of a Toronto auction on November 25.

The piece is believed to have been created in 1738under the Qianlong Emperor as a commemorative itemto markthree years since the death his father, the Yongzheng Emperor. Consigned by the royal family's descendants, it sold for $3m - am impressive900% increase on its $180,000-300,000 estimate.

The price achieved makes it the most valuable Qing dynasty vase ever sold at auction. With the piece reportedly bought by an "overseas buyer", the sale is likely a furtherexample of the large number ofChinese artefacts that are heading back to Asia as a result of the nation's increasing wealth.

Qing dynasty vase auction record The vase's decorations suggest thatitmay have been used by the Qianlong Emperor himself

The vase featured a total of four dragons, three of which represent the years since the Yongzheng Emperor's death; in Chinese imperial tradition, three years was the length of time in which Chinese emperors kept the traditions of their predecessors alive. The fourth dragon is said to represent the Qianlong Emperor himself and leads to the conclusion that the vessel may have actually been used by the new ruler.

The magnificent piece came with impeccable provenance, having been consigned by the Manchu Aisin Gioro family- descendants of the last Qing dynasty. The family has held a low profile in Thailand since the dynasty was replaced by the Republic of China in 1912.

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