Friday 17 November 2017

Cash in your attic? Bring your best china

Angela McAteer of Sotheby's examines a Chinese vase during the free appraisals day in Dublin yesterday
Angela McAteer of Sotheby's examines a Chinese vase during the free appraisals day in Dublin yesterday
Colm Kelpie

Colm Kelpie

Angela McAteer of Sotheby's examines a Chinese vase during the free appraisals day in Dublin yesterday. Frank McGrathATTIC treasure hunters will have to search a little bit harder for that lucrative windfall.

Several people turned up at Sotheby's in Dublin yesterday hoping to discover their china was worth a fortune -- but left disappointed.

The auction house offered a free valuation of Chinese ceramics and works of art, in the hope of replicating the discovery of a vase in an Edinburgh house last year, that sold for €1.5m.

But while a steady stream of people attended Sotheby's offices, none had a gem hidden in their attics.

Angela McAteer, who travelled from Sotheby's in London to do the valuations, said she was still hopeful that somebody would come forward with a valuable item. She will provide more appraisals today. "Flashy, opulent pieces don't fit in with our interiors anymore, and they tend to be put into attics and forgotten about," she said.

Irish Independent

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