Chinese vase sells at Laois auction for record €740,000

Qing period art object guiding between €800 and €1,200 bought by Paris-based buyer

A Chinese vase with a guide price of €1,200 was sold at auction in Co Laois on Saturday for €740,000, a new record for a public auction in Ireland.

The Qing Period Blue and White Double Gourd Vase with scroll handles was offered for sale at a Sheppard's auction in Durrow, Co Laois on Saturday.

The vase, with a guide price of between €800 and €1,200, was offered for sale by a Dublin-based man.

Eleven telephone bidders contested the sale with a Paris-based bidder winning out after seven minutes.


The 18th century, 23cm-tall and 18cm wide vase is painted with floral patterns and shou decorations. It has the mark of Qianlong, a Chinese emperor from the 18th century, on the base.

The €740,000 sale price is believed to be the highest for an art object at a public auction in Ireland.

The previous record was set in 2012 when a matchbox-sized piece of carved Chinese jade, dubbed the Durrow Dragon, made €630,000 at auction.

Sheppard's auctioneers had expected this "Qing period white jade seal" – used to stamp documents in imperial China – to sell for between €4,000 and €6,000.