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Imperial Chinese ‘teapot’ destined for charity shop set to fetch up £100,000 at auction

AN old “teapot” destined for the charity shop turned out to be an 18th-century Chinese wine ewer worth up to £100,000.

The rare 15cm Beijing-enamelled flask spent the past decade in a loft and then a garage — but was rediscovered in a box during lockdown.

It belonged to the current owner’s grandad, a soldier who was stationed in the Far East during World War Two.

The anonymous owner, a 51-year-old manual worker, said: “It’s been in my family for as long as I can remember.

“We’d been thinking of sending everything to a charity shop.

“But lockdown came and I had time to go through the garage.”

He took it along to Hansons Auctioneers in Etwall, Derbys, who revealed it dates back to China’s Qianlong period, 1735-99.

Auctioneer Charles Hanson said: “This has to be the best lockdown find ever.

“Two almost identical teapots are in the National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan, and the Palace Museum in Beijing, China.

“It’s astonishing to find an emperor’s ewer in a Derbyshire home.”

The pot is due to be auctioned on September 24.

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