Discovered by chance in the attic of a French family home, this magnificent vase was brought into Sotheby’s Paris by its unsuspecting owners in a shoe box. Further research revealed it to be a unique treasure bearing the mark of the Qianlong Emperor. A Magnificent Imperial ‘Yangcai Crane and Deer Ruyi Vase’ was offered in a single, devoted auction in Paris on 12 June 2018, ahead of Sotheby's Arte d’Asie sale; the vase achieved an astounding €16,182,800 at auction, far exceeding its pre-auction estimate of €500,000–700,000.
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