Operation transformation with a Chinese influence
A vase from the Far East, which dates from the 15th century leads the way at Sheppard’s sale this week
At Sheppard’s this week, a Chinese blue and white vase catalogued as Bianhu (meaning transformation, as in caterpillar to butterfly) is expected to fetch €80,000-€100,000.
By the 18th century, western demand for Chinese blue and porcelain was so great, the quality of export ware was not always equal to that made for domestic use. For the finest quality, the collector has to step back in time.
Sheppard’s vase is believed to date from the...
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