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While Sotheby’s had its Chenghua doucai jar, Christie’s Chinese Ceramics and Chinese Export Ceramics and Works of Art, November 13, had a blue and white faceted vase, encircled Yongzheng mark and period.

It was rumoured to have been bought by the vendor for around £400 from a Northumberland provincial auction earlier in the year. Its importance was recognised after it was brought in for a valuation at Christie’s, South Kensington, and it was later consigned to King Street at £30,000-40,000.

Christie’s South Kensington specialist Pedram Rasti secured the entry in the room on behalf of an Asian collector at £140,000.