Old Chipped Dish Gathering Dust On Sideboard Turns Out to Be Valuable Treasure

Everyone has an old object in their house that seems to have been around forever. It might be something from your grandmother's attic, or some trinket you picked up at a second hand shop. It's been sitting on a shelf for ages and has just faded into the background so much that you probably never even really notice it anymore.

How would you feel if you found out that trinket was worth six figures?

That's what happened to one family in the U.K. recently. The London family had a blue and white plate sitting on the sideboard for years. They didn't think much of the little plate; it was just someplace they would throw their keys or spare change. Sometimes they would put fruit in it.

The family picked up the piece at a country house sale in 1920 and it's just been laying around ever since. They have recently discovered that it is not an ordinary dish; it's actually a valuable Chinese artifact from the 18th century.

The decorative bowl has the mark of Chinese Yongzheng from the Qing dynasty. It has a slight crack on the rim that is yellow with age, but other than that it's in good condition. Auctioneer Charles Hanson came across it recently and was very excited.

"It was languishing on a sideboard in a London home along with various 19th century Japanese ceramics," he tells Metro.uk. "It’s a remarkable find. The vendor had no idea of its potential value. The object was purchased from a country house sale in the 1920s."

Hanson believes the dish could go for as much as $130,000 because there are a lot of collectors from China looking to reclaim historical pieces from their country.

"Interest has reached boiling point this week – the eve of the auction," said Hanson. "We’ve had huge interest from potential buyers in China who are keen to find out more or bid. I would like to think that this newly-discovered beautiful Chinese object could do well even though it has a chip on the rim."

The dish has a floral design that is inspired by previous dynasties, specifically Ming and Yang. According to the auctioneer, museums around the world house similar pieces in their displays. Even with the minor imperfection, the piece is highly coveted.

"The Chinese market is booming as the country’s growing numbers of wealthy collectors flock to repatriate what they regard as their history and heritage," Hanson continues. "They are prepared to pay huge prices for the privilege, frequently outbidding western collectors. Some Chinese buyers tell me they feel their past has been looted from them. By buying back their most celebrated porcelains and works of art, pieces often intended for an emperor, they acquire great kudos."

More and more stories of valuable treasures that have been sitting under a person’s nose for years have been making headlines in recent years. There are even a number of popular television shows that feature people bringing items they had at home, or picked up at estate sales and flea markets, only to discover that these things were worth a fortune.

It’s always a good idea to take a look around your home once in a while for those inconspicuous pieces— with a little luck, one of them could change your life.

Source: Metro
Photos: Hanson Auctioneer Youtube Screenshots

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