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Last year’s sale in September 2017 in its Derbyshire saleroom was of a similar dish found in a South Derbyshire kitchen cupboard. It sold for seven times its estimate.

This time Hansons estimated the second dish at £100,000, despite the very similar dish selling for £230,000 last year, as this version has a chip on the rim.

Charles Hanson, owner of Hansons, said the dish sold today (September 8) was found recently "languishing on a humble sideboard in a South West London home along with various 19th century Japanese ceramics.

“The object had been purchased from a country house sale in the 1920s and the vendor had no idea of its potential value.”

Telephone bids

Bidding was via eight telephone lines and started at £45,000, going up in increments of £2,000, £3,000 and £5,000 until Hanson brought the hammer down at £100,000. The buyer is believed to be China-based.  

The Chinese blue ground reverse and slip decorated floral dish carries the Yongzheng mark of the period 1723-1735 and is decorated with gardenia flowers on leafy branches.

Sold in Teddington

The sale took place at Hansons' monthly London auction at its Normansfield Theatre saleroom in Teddington.