An old and dusty vase discovered at a Devon loft in the UK, originally valued at 50 British pounds (63 U.S. dollars), was sold for 12,000 British pounds (15,098 U.S. dollars) to a Chinese buyer over a telephonic auction. The vase is believed to be Chinese in origin.

Old Chinese vase valued at $63 sells for $15,098 in UK


The owner of Michael Prowse of Pilton Auctions, where the vase was sold, said that he didn't think too much to the vase when he first saw it. He said: "It looked quite old, but I had thought it was probably around 150 years old or so. After the auction, I suspect it is older, probably 200-300 years old." However, there are no records to show where the item came from or why it is considered so valuable.
Old Chinese vase valued at $63 sells for $15,098 in UK

Chinese ceramics show a continuous development since pre-dynastic times and are one of the most significant forms of Chinese art and ceramics globally. The first pottery was made during the Palaeolithic era. Chinese ceramics range from construction materials such as bricks and tiles, to hand-built pottery vessels fired in bonfires or kilns, to the sophisticated Chinese porcelain wares made for the imperial court and for export. Porcelain was a Chinese invention and is so identified with China that it is still called "china" in everyday English usage.

A Ming dynasty blue-and-white porcelain dish with a dragon
Most later Chinese ceramics, even of the finest quality, were made on an industrial scale, thus few names of individual potters were recorded. Many of the most important kiln workshops were owned by or reserved for the Emperor, and large quantities of Chinese export porcelain were exported as diplomatic gifts or for trade from an early date, initially to East Asia and the Islamic world, and then from around the 16th century to Europe. Chinese ceramics have had an enormous influence on other ceramic traditions in these areas.

Yaozhou ware celadon bowl, Song dynasty, 10th-11th century.
Increasingly over their long history, Chinese ceramics can be classified between those made for the imperial court, either to use or distribute, those made for a discriminating Chinese market, and those for popular Chinese markets or for export. Some types of wares were also made only or mainly for special uses such as burial in tombs, or for use on altars.

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