This would mean “opportunity hunt”: a small Chinese porcelain bowl bought for $ 35 at a second-hand garage in a Connecticut garage in the northeastern United States. is expected to be auctioned off by Sotheby’s with an estimated value of between $ 300,000 and $ 500,000.
The lucky one who “discovered” it, whose name has not been revealed, asked the auction house to evaluate the bowl that is painted with delicate floral patterns, first sending photos and then taking the item itself to the house. It turned out that dates from the 15th century and was painted for the court of Emperor Yongl, the third emperor of the Ming Dynasty.
Its “very distinctive” shape and floral pattern place it in an extremely rare class of bowls – only six more have been found in the world, said Angela Macatir, head of Chinese arts at Sotheby’s in New York.
Of those six, five are in museums – two in Taipei, two in London and one in Tehran. The sixth was last seen on the market in 2007, he said.
Under these circumstances, the auction, scheduled for March 17th, will attract the interest of both private collectors and institutions, he added.
As for how the bowl traveled from China to Connecticut over the centuries, we will probably never know, says Macatir.
Many Chinese works of art reached Western homes in the 19th century and then passed down from generation to generation, without any specific documentation.