Extremely rare Chinese vase found in loft sells for whopping £14million

The 18th-century Imperial “Yangcai” Famille-Rose porcelain piece bears a mark of the reign of the Qianlong Emperor.

It is decorated by a landscape that includes deer and pine trees.

The vase — which had been left to the grandparents of the seller — was sold after a 30-minute bidding war at a Sotheby’s Paris auction.

Sotheby’s Henry Howard-Sneyd said: “Chinese art has been admired and collected across Europe for centuries, but the importance of certain pieces is occasionally lost over time.

“Given the huge appetite for Chinese art among today’s collectors, now is the moment to scour your homes and attics, and to come to us with anything you might find.”

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