Damaged Chinese Vases Still Pack A Punch At Auction By Roland Arkell
In recent years, as prices for the best Qing porcelain has spiralled, buyers have shown more tolerance towards damaged pieces. A similar 13in (32cm) vase from the preceding Qianlong period (1735-96) in broken condition ‘sold’ at Eastbourne Auctions earlier this year for £70,000 against a £100 estimate.
After the buyer failed to pay, it was reoffered on June 8 with bidders asked to provide a deposit of £5000. It sold this time at £53,000 (plus 24% buyer’s premium).