Chinese vase shatters house record! - 15/03/2011
House record shattered as Chinese vase sells for £192,000 in Derbyshire lands full of Eastern Promise
All eyes were on Derbyshire as Chinese and worldwide buyers flocked to the village of Mackworth to acquire a Chinese vase from Hansons auctioneers.
A rare Chinese vase unearthed from a house in South
Derbyshire broke Hansons auction record when it sold for
£192,000 in their sale at The Mackworth Hotel on
Thursday 10 March.
Commenting on the result Charles Hanson manager of Hansons
Auctioneers 'it was a sale I shall never forget and what I live for,
the thrill of taking a sale of such magnitude.'
The sale of the vase stirred interest with twelve telephone lines
booked for the lot. Buyers reported Mr Hanson included 'live telephone
lines to buyers in Hong Kong, China, USA and London' A representative
had even flown in for the sale from the Far East whilst a translator
was on the phone on behalf of one Chinese collector'.
The atmosphere was electric and tense as the packed saleroom awaited
the fate of the vase. As one colleague commented, ' a pin drop could
have been heard' remarked Charles Hanson.
As phone lines in Derby connected to buyers distributed around the world, the sale became a theatre. Bidding
quickly rose past £10,000 and by £145,000, bidding was a two way battle
between a UK buyer and a gentleman in Hong Kong. With bidding at £190,000
and the room holding its breath, a phone line from the UK secured the
vase at a hammer price of £192,000.
The room erupted into applause.
We were delighted to have our client in the saleroom to witness
the auction commented Mr Hanson. 'My colleague Carol Woods
who unearthed the vase heartily congratulated our clients who were
The vase had been uncovered by Hansons at one of their
valuation days held across Derbyshire and Staffordshire. 'The vendor had inherited the vase, commented Mr Hanson and it had sat on a sideboard unassuming for many years'.
The market for such Chinese porcelain is
exceptionally buoyant, with the Chinese economy and wealthy citizens of
China investing heavily in acquiring back their heritage.
The vase which was made for the home market of China dated to the
reign of the Qing Dynasty and carried a mark for the daoguang period
(1821-1850). This period was a time when highly
decorated porcelains were being made for the home market. . Of ovoid outline and painted with
foliage and rockwork on a turquoise ground in the famille rose style, it was moulded with the
characteristic bat orange enamel and pierced handles and carried an
iron red seal mark.
'Uncovering and unraveling historical objects across our great
fertile soils of Derbyshire and Staffordshire is a job', remarked Mr
Hanson 'I thrive on. The thrill of unearthing objects and conducting an
auction which creates such worldwide appeal is unlike nothing else.
Every day is different and each auction will always throw up a surprise
Hansons forthcoming antiques auction will take place on 19 and 20 May at The Mackworth Hotel from 10am on both days.