Bidding war pushes €2,000 dish to €310,000
A CHINESE porcelain dish sold for more than 100 times its guide price at auction yesterday.
The blue and white dish, right, which measures just 25cms across, had a guide price of between €2,000 and €3,000.
But a bidding war between a potential buyer in the room and another on the telephone pushed the final price to €310,000.
The plate -- which was sold by Adam's at an auction of country house collections at Slane Castle, Co Meath, yesterday -- was brought to Ireland in 1905 by a member of the British army who had served in the Far East at the beginning of the 20th century.
The dish is painted with a five-claw dragon on a ground of lotus scrolls and tendrils repeated on the exterior while the base bears a six-character mark of Emperor Xuande (1426-1435) within a double circle.
Adam's director Stuart Cole, who conducted yesterday's sale, expressed surprise and delight at the outcome.