The 18th-century Chinese vase that sold in Laois for an incredible €740K 11 months ago

The 18th-century Chinese vase that sold in Laois for an incredible €740K

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A Chinese vase which had an estimated price of around €1,200 was sold at an auction in Co. Laois on Saturday for a massive €740,000 which is a new Irish record for a public auction.

The previous record, which was set in 2012, was dubbed the Durrow Dragon and was a small piece of Chinese Jade that went for €630,000 although it was only believed to be worth a couple of grand.

The item is a Period Blue and White Double Gourd Vase with scroll handles and was for sale at a Sheppard’s auction in Durrow and was previously in the possession of a Dublin-based man.


According to the Independent, there were eleven telephone bidders contesting the sale with a Paris-based bidder winning out after seven minutes.

The vase is from the 18th century and is roughly around 23cm tall and 18cm wide. It's painted with a floral pattern and on the base, it has the mark of Qianlong, who was a Chinese emperor in the 18th century.

Sheppard's Auction House are no strangers to finding Chinese gems in the shape of vases. Back in 2012, they sold a similar vase for €120,000 and two years previous, another Chinese vase smashed its €150 guide price to sell for €110,000 in Laois.

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