Chinese Porcelain Prices Soar—Again


When a pair of Chinese vases from the Qianlong era hit the auction block at Doyle New York auction house this past Monday, they were estimated to sell for between $10,000 and $15,000. By the time the gavel finally came down, the pair had sold for $1.2 million—a full 120 times more than the low estimate.

While the sale may seem shocking, it’s not the first time that Chinese porcelain prices have skyrocketed beyond their estimate. In 2011, another vase attributed to the era sold at Sotheby’s for $18 million despite an estimate of only $800 to $1,200.

Here at Lofty, we have a wide range of Chinese ceramics on offer. Take a look:

1. SOLD on! Chinese Enameled Porcelain Vase with Qianlong mark, likely from the Guangxu period (1875-1908)

2. SOLD on! Chinese Enamel Glazed Porcelain Ginger Jar, 1875-1900

3. Chinese Fa Hua Blue Glazed Mei-Pi Vase, circa mid- to late-19th century copy of a Ming Dynasty design

4. Chinese Celadon Porcelain Moon Flask Vase, early 20th century, with polychrome painted Western style scenes

5. Chinese Sang De Boeuf/Flambe Porcelain Hall Vase, late Qing Dynasty (circa 1880–1926)