Chinese censer: from £50 to four figures

Chinese censer bought for £50 at an antiques fair and sold for £1300 at a Cuttlestones auction.

At the budget-price end of the Chinese boom – which tends to get overlooked – profits are there for the keen-eyed, such as the vendor of this twin-handled censer shown here.

Extracted from Antiques Trade Gazette | Terence Ryle

Having bought it for £50 at a local Staffordshire antiques fair, he took it straight to Penkridge auction house Cuttlestones (17.5% buyer’s premium) and consigned it to the September 12 sale.

Catalogued as ‘Oriental bronze type censer with six-character mark to base’, the 5½in (14cm) diameter item had some light scratches and oxidisation to the interior but, against a £100-200 estimate, sold at £1300.