A Chinese famille rose vase provoked a bidding battle at the UK auction house Hansons this week.
Described as bearing a Qianlong mark and of the period (1736-1795), the ovoid form vase had six telephone bidders pursuing it for seven minutes. An anonymous UK buyer prevailed, sending the lot with a low estimate of £30,000 to final bid of £300,000.
The piece came from a Leicestershire estate. Its polychrome design included seven good luck symbols.