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A pair of Chinese vases are estimated to sell for £6,000-10,000* when they are being sold by Charterhouse in Sherborne in their April Asian Art auction. “Whilst we have a fantastic selection of Chinese, Japanese and other Asian ceramics, bronze Buddha’s, scroll paintings, silver, furniture and works of art, it is a pair of Chinese millefleurs vases which are one of the stand out lots in the sale for me.” Commented Richard Bromell.

“Painted in bright famille rose enamel colours with millefleurs, or a thousand flowers, they are wonderful quality and will appeal not only to Chinese mainland collectors, but also Europeans and of course the Americans who really go in for this look and design.”

The Chinese bottle shape vases, which are 30 cm high, are also applied with dragons are the shoulders, come to the Charterhouse auction from a deceased estate in Somerset.

The vases were owned by the vendor’s parents who have now passed away. The parents lived in China during the 1920’s and 1930’s running a piano manufacturing business. With the Japanese invasion of China just before the outbreak of The Second World War, they ended up having to return to Britain more quickly than was expected.

However, with their business in pianos, they were well versed in exporting and arranging shipping around the world. They therefore managed to send quite a number of their possessions safely to Britain including these vases whilst others lost everything.

Charterhouse is now accepting entries for this April 19th & 20th auction of Chinese & other Asian silver, ceramics and works of art; followed by pictures, books and sporting items and their next sale of classic and vintage cars also in April with classic motorcycles in May.

For further information regarding these auctions or to arrange a home visit, please contact Richard Bromell at Charterhouse on 01935 812277 or email images for valuation at


The Chinese millefleurs vases, which escaped the Japanese invasion of China 80 years ago, being sold by Charterhouse in Sherborne in their two day April 19th & 20th auction £6,000-10,000*

*plus 25.2% buyers premium inc VAT