Rare Chinese bowls found in Essex barn

Chinese bowls
Rare Chinese fish bowls up for auction Photo: ITV Anglia

A pair of porcelain fish bowls found covered in dust in an old barn in Essex are expected to reach more than 10-thousand pounds when they go up for auction tomorrow.

They're believed to have been made in the 19th or 20th century for the last empress of China to keep her goldfish in.

The bowls were found by an antiques expert doing a routine valuation at a house near Colchester. They'll be auctioned at Reeman Dansie's auction house in Colchester on Tuesday.

Chinese bowls
Bowls expected to fetch thousands of pounds Credit: ITV Anglia