Discuss your yard business findings. A small porcelain bowl was purchased in a yard in Connecticut for $35. The result was a rare 15th-century Chinese artwork worth between $300,000 and $500,000, which will be auctioned at Sotheby’s auction house. .
The white bowl decorated with cobalt blue painted flowers and other patterns is about 6 inches (16 cm) in diameter. According to Sotheby̵
This work is one of only seven such bowls in the world and will be auctioned in New York on March 17th as part of Sotheby’s important Chinese art auction.
The unnamed buyer paid an asking price of $35, and then emailed the information and photos to Sotheby’s for an evaluation. Chinese ceramics and art experts Angela McAteer and Hang Yin at the auction house receive many such emails every week, but this is one of their dream emails.
Sotheby’s Senior Vice President and Head of China’s Art Department McCartel said: “We both realized immediately that we were working on something very, very special.” “The style of painting, the shape of the bowl, and even just the blue color, are all It is a characteristic of early porcelain in the early 15th century.”
They confirmed that this was from the 1400s and they could observe it for themselves.
There are no scientific tests, only the eyes and hands of trained experts. The bowl feels very smooth, the glaze is silky smooth, and the colors and patterns are characteristic of the time.
McAtel said: “All the characteristics and signs indicate that it is a product of the early Ming Dynasty.”
McAteer and Yin decided that the history of the bowl can be traced back to the early 1400s, that is, during the reign of Emperor Yongle, the third ruler of the Ming Dynasty, and it was made for the Yongle court. According to Sotheby’s, Yongle Palace has brought a new style to the porcelain kilns in Jingdezhen, and the bowl is a typical representative of Yongle.
The bowl is shaped like a lotus bud or chicken heart. Inside, the bottom is decorated with medals, and the tetrahedral pattern is surrounded by flowers. There are four lotus, peony, chrysanthemum and pomegranate flowers outside. There are also intricate patterns on the outer and inner tops.
McAtel said that only six other such bowls are known, and most of them are in museums. There is no one else in the United States. According to Sotheby’s, Taiwan’s National Palace Museum in Taipei has two, the London Museum has two, and the Iranian National Museum in Tehran has one.
How the bowl ended up being sold on a farm in Connecticut remains a mystery. McCartel said this may be due to generations of the same family, who don’t know how unique it is.
McCartel said: “I think this amazing discovery will still happen, and these treasures can be discovered.” “When we don’t even know what doesn’t seem to exist here, for us as experts, always let We are very excited.”