A rare piece of china, part of a lot that sold for almost £1million, could soon be reunited with its identical twin.
Tony Evans' collection of Imperial Chinese porcelain was expected to sell for around £150,000, when it appeared in auction at Canterbury last May.
Instead the "blockbuster sale" raised almost £900,000.
One particularly rare piece out performed all the rest - a six-inch Imperial porcelain bowl decorated with pheasants. Estimated at £8,000, it sold for a whopping £195,000.
Now, astonishingly, the Evans family has found its pair, due to be sold in ten days time. It's now estimated as worth £100,000 to £150,000.
Simon Evans said: “We were all gobsmacked when my father’s collection made so much money and my jaw hit the floor when the pheasant bowl sold for £195,000.
“Then a few days after, he suddenly announced that he thought there might have been a pair of the bowls. He had forgotten completely.
“I’ve decided to sell it not because I need the money but because I’m anxious about having something so valuable in the house.”
Mr Evans’ grandfather began collecting oriental porcelain in 1925, during the time he worked for a mining company based in the port of Tientsin near Beijing.
Made toward the end of the Kangxi period, the pheasant bowl, identical to its sister, is decorated with a pair of pheasants among flowers and foliage growing from rocks.
It is similar to one from the Qing Court now in the Palace Museum Collection in Beijing.
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