A resident of Connecticut (USA) bought a ceramic bowl at a local flea market for $ 35, which turned out to be a work of art of the XV century, according to Insider.
An antique hunter came across this rare item at a garage sale in the New Haven area (a city in Connecticut) and later sent her photos to the auction house Sotheby’s experts.
Experts in Chinese art and ceramics Angela McAteer and Hang Yin, looking at the pictures, immediately realized that they were “really something special.” After a detailed examination, they confirmed that the bowl was created in the early 1400s, during the reign of Emperor Zhu Di.
The 16-centimeter-diameter bowl is decorated with an ornament in the form of lotus buds and a chicken heart-essential elements inherent in Ming Dynasty ceramics.
Six such bowls have been preserved in the world, and there are no more similar ones in the United States. Two are in the Imperial Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan, two more are in museums in London, and one is in the National Museum of Iran.
It is not yet known how such a relic got to the flea market and, in principle, ended up in Connecticut.
The Insider notes that the bowl will be sold on March 17 in New York at Sotheby’s auction. The starting price of the lot is 300-500 thousand dollars.