A Chinese vase recently found which was long forgotten, and was once sold at auction for just £44 ($56), has now increased in value and now cost $9 million after it was found in an elderly woman’s country home.
The Chinese vase was discovered by an Amsterdam-based art consultant known to be Johan Bosch van Rosenthal.
The vase made with a blue-and-white floral design and is visible through the object’s lattice-like body and was made specifically for the Qianlong Emperor, who ruled China for more than 60 years.
The vase is expressed by auction house, Sotheby’s as a “lost masterpiece”. It was disclosed that the rare 18th-century vase has spent the last 50 years in a remote house in central Europe surrounded by the owner’s pet cats and dogs.
Also described by Sotheby’s as a “technical tour-de-force,” the pear-shaped vase is an example of a style of porcelain known as “yangcai,” or “foreign colors,” that saw artisans incorporating Western-style coloration and enamels into their craft.
“It is a miracle that this extraordinarily fragile vase survived half a century in a home surrounded by countless pets,” said chairman of Sotheby’s Asia, Nicolas Chow, in a press statement .
The vase which is “double-walled” is just one of a handful of similar designs and was created by imperial kiln supervisor Tang Ying in the years 1742 and 1743.