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Four-hundred-year-old Chinese paint brush pot sells for £162,000 at auction

Picture: Sworders Auctioneers

A Chinese blue and white pot used as an everyday item has been sold for more than £162,000.

The 400-year-old pot was once used to hold an artist’s brushes.

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It dates from the reign of the Chinese Kangxi emperor in the 17th century.

The pot – along with other items – was brought back to England in the 1850s by a British porcelain and silk trader.

The collection has been handed down through the family.

The paint brush pot made £125,000 at Sworders Auctioneers of Stanstead Mountfitchet, Essex.

With extra fees, the anonymous buyer paid £162,500 for it – the estimate was a modest , making more £3,000.

Over the last ten years demand for Chinese items has soared as collectors scramble to “buy back” their heritage.

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