Chinese mark and period vases
The Daoguang mark and period vases that made £85,000 at Halls’ auction in Shrewsbury.

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Consigned by a Bridgnorth vendor, they were originally part of a collection owned by Dr Wilfred Watkins-Pitchford (1868-1952), a noted bacteriologist and pioneer of medical research in South Africa.

Born in Tattenhall, Cheshire, he retired to Bridgnorth. The vendor bought the vases when his estate was auctioned in Shropshire 50 years ago.

The turquoise vases were painted with flowers, bats and Chinese symbols meaning double joy. They were probably made as a wedding gift.

The 11in (28cm) high vases were of ovoid form with the domed covers and cone finials. One of them had undergone some restoration work.

The use of enamel colour on a turquoise ground is thought to be inspired by cloisonne decoration and similar examples can be found in the National Palace Museum, Beijing.

The Halls sale took place on May 11 where the vases were estimated at £20,000-30,000.