The Lost Imperial Chinese Vase Found in a French Attic
Discovered by chance in the attic of a French family home, this magnificent vase was brought into Sotheby’s Paris by its unsuspecting owners in a shoe box. Further research revealed it to be a unique treasure bearing the mark of the Qianlong Emperor. A Magnificent Imperial ‘Yangcai Crane and Deer Ruyi Vase’ will be offered at auction ahead of our upcoming sale Arte d’Asie (12 June, Paris).
Produced by SPOA & directed by Orel SIMON for Sotheby's
The 18th century Chinese vase that was discovered by chance in a shoebox in the attic of a French family home has sold for 16.2 million euros.
The porcelain piece sold for more than 20 times its estimate of 500,000 – 700,000 euros after a 20-minute bidding battle at Sotheby’s in Paris on 12 June 2018.
The auction house has confirmed that it’s the highest price ever reached for an item sold by Sotheby’s in France.