UK kitchen vase turns out to be $1.8 million Qing-dynasty treasure

    A royal blue 18th-century Chinese vase decorated with gold and silver, which sat in a U.K. kitchen for several years, just sold at auction for about $1.8 million after historians realized it had once belonged to an emperor.

    However, the vase’s unclear history — combined with the looting of Chinese palaces in the 19th century — raises ethical concerns, according to an expert who was not involved with the sale.

    The vase is large, about 2 feet (0.6 meters) tall, and it is marked with a symbol associated with the Qianlong emperor — the sixth emperor of the Qing dynasty, the country’s last imperial dynasty — who ruled China from 1735 to 1795, according to a statement released by the auction company Dreweatts, which sold the vase on May 18. Read more.


    Amphora, place: Eastern Mediterranean, 4th century (Village of Kontseshty, Romania (now Moldavia), found in 1812), silver, Ø: 29 cm

    The State Hermitage Museum,  Inv. 2160-1

    This amphora was intended for wine. The surface of its body is divided into three friezes by ornamental bands. The upper frieze shows hunting scenes, the central one - battle scenes of Greek warriors with the Amazons, and the lower frieze presents three Nereids floating on fabulous animals with fish tails and the bodies of a tiger, a horse and an ibex. (Hermitage Museum)

    For the celebration of the Centenary of the First Air Crossing of the South Atlantic, between Portugal and Brazil, Graham presented the limited edition of 100 pieces Chronofighter Centenario TAAS!
    The feat of two Portuguese officers, Gago Coutinho and Sacadura Cabral, began in Lisbon on March 30, 1922 and, although planned to last a week, was completed 79 days later in Rio de Janeiro.
    The Chronofighter Centenario TAAS has a 44 mm steel case with the famous chronograph trigger and is equipped with the Caliber G1747 automatic chronograph movement.
    💰 6,450 Euros
    Para a celebração do Centenário da 1a Travessia Aérea do Atlântico Sul, entre Portugal e Brasil, a Graham apresentou a edição limitada de 100 peças Chronofighter Centenário TAAS!
    A façanha de dois oficiais portugueses, Gago Coutinho e Sacadura Cabral, teve início em Lisboa no dia 30 de março de 1922 e, embora planejada para durar uma semana, foi finalizada 79 dias depois no Rio de Janeiro.
    O Chronofighter Centenário TAAS tem uma caixa de 44 mm em aço com o famoso gatilho para o cronógrafo e é equipado com o movimento de cronógrafo automático Calibre G1747.
    💰 6.450 Euros
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