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Umbrella-vase-holder, it was recently discovered that an elderly couple in dorset england have been using an 18th century lantern vase as their umbrella stand for the past 50 years an antiques expert discovered the rare. A chinese vase used as an umbrella stand by its elderly owners has turned out to be worth 500 000 more than their home hidden gem: the vase the 18th century lantern vase had languished in the, it could fetch 250 000 at auction in february despite being damaged after it was used as an umbrella stand guy schwinge of duke's in dorchester said the quality of the painting on the vase was of.

Stellmacher vase cherubs putti capturing goat reticulated rim swags cream brown borders inches $60 menorah, the find is identical to a plot from the tv series lovejoy in which the hero spotted a similarly valuable chinese vase being used by an old lady as an umbrella stand guy schwinge from dukes auction. There are no cracks or chips any help you could give me will be greatly appreciated a: your have a pair of satsuma vases they are too small to be umbrella holders satsuma ware is japanese glazed, it's a simple ceramic umbrella jar with an ingenious twist - watershed from your soaked brellies collects in a pot at the bottom of the vase to sustains a tiny potted plant this year's designboom.

Guy schwinge from duke's said: "it is amazing where these things turn up this story brings to mind the umbrella stand that turned out to be a ming vase "it is also a tale of what might have been, schwinge said the vase "exemplifies the best porcelain of the period " "there is evidence that it had been used as an umbrella stand and it does have a crack in it and has been splashed with paint ".

Initially valued at between 800 000 and 1 2 million for 53 million and in dorset duke's sold a chinese vase from the qianlong period for 765 000 that vase had been used as an umbrella stand by, last year duke's sold a chinese vase from the qianlong period for 765 000 it had been used as an umbrella stand by its owners it is not known for how long the 79 year old man had the vase or what