Auction: a unique Chinese vase sold for 9 million euros

On Saturday October 1, 2022, a Chinese porcelain vase was sold at auction for more than 9 million euros by the Osenat house in Fontainebleau near Paris.

The owner of the porcelain object hoped to be able to get 1,500 to 2,000 euros from it, as an expert had estimated. This was without counting on the interest of several Chinese buyers, who raised the bids as the seller would never have imagined. Between 20 and 30 bidders gradually raised the price of the porcelain vase to 7.7 million euros, or more than 9 million when costs are added.

The saleswoman, who lives in a French overseas territory, “is a lady who inherited the vase from her mother, who herself inherited it from her mother, a great Parisian collector in the last century”, explains the director. works of art by Osenat, Cédric Laborde. The object had been left by the seller’s mother when she died, in her apartment in Saint-Briac-sur-Mer (IIIe-et-Vilaine).

The whole question is to know when it dates from. If it is from the 20th century as the experts have concluded, the object is relatively banal. If it is from the 18th century, that makes it an extremely rare piece, justifying the purchase price.

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