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Rare Chinese bowl makes £220,000 at auction

A porcelain bowl that sat on a shelf for years has been sold at auction for £220,000.

Its value was uncovered when a couple were downsizing and contacted an auctioneer.

He discovered the small blue and white ornament was more than 300 years old and from the reign of the Chinese Emperor Yongzheng.

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The piece had an auction estimate of £20,000 to £30,000.

But, within minutes of the sale starting, fierce telephone bidding quickly saw it realise its hammer price of £220,000.

Auctioneer Ivan Street, from Aldridges of Bath, said: “I came across this bowl during a routine house-call to a lady who was preparing to down-size. 

“I immediately recognised that it was a fine piece.

“It finally sold to a Chinese buyer after stiff competition from one of London’s top dealers in Chinese porcelain.”

Chinese Emperor Yongzheng’s reigned for only 13 years Few porcelain items come from that period. 

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