An ancient Chinese plate found in a South Derbyshire cupboard has sold for a staggering £230,000 at auction after it emerged there was a replica in the National Museum of China.
He set up a household that befitted a prosperous man and purchased the Chinese plate in 1911. He never had any children and, on his death in 1922, all his possessions were shipped back to Edinburgh, divided between relations and passed down through the generations.
Chinese buyers came out in force to buy back a piece of their country#8217;s history with 19 phone lines booked by bidders – a new record for Hansons Auctioneers, in Etwall, as it was auctioned off.
#8220;We knew it was valuable, possibly worth a couple of thousand pounds. It had a metal mount on it because granny had it hanging on the wall in her lounge where it took pride of place.
And the packed saleroom broke out into applause when the gavel finally fell and the item was sold.
The plate was sold by three siblings from South Derbyshire who inherited it from their grandmother two years ago and tucked it away in a kitchen cupboard.
Measuring 13 inches in diameter, the plate is decorated on both sides with white flowering blossoms borne on leafy branches. Against a vibrant powder blue background, the flower petals and veins of leaves are detailed with fine slip trailing.