in the world today and most of them are in museums. Not only that, these vases usually have interesting ancient stories of historical figures painted on them in blue-white glaze. The vases before that have flowers and scenery painted on them. Hence, whenever there is a blue-n-white on auction, all the big shots of the world will bid until they bleed, just to get their hand on this rare piece of art work. Blue-n-white ware started during the Yuan dynasty, flourished during the Ming dynasty and reached its peak during the early Qing dynasty.
|Yuan blue-n-white vase|
If you remember in my earlier post, this collector has a passion for broken porcelain pieces. He bought one such piece for 5500 RMB (the dragon piece) and a businessman offered him one million RMB yet he refused to part with this broken piece.
A few years later, he travelled north to another city. In a flea market, he finally spotted the girl selling broken porcelain pieces. The girl remembered him. When asked about that broken porcelain, she told him that it was a piece taken from a broken vase.
She later told him the reason why she could not sell him the broken porcelain. She said this broken piece belong to a particular group of persons. What was more astonishing was that the all of the broken pieces from this vase actually belonged to three different group of people. Mr C realised that it was an impossible task (Mission Impossible) to acquire all these broken pieces. Anyway, he needed to give it a try. Hence he got the girl to arrange a meeting with all the co-owners of the broken pieces of porcelain. He wanted to see what was on offer before he could name a price.
When the broken pieces were brought to him, he was stunned. Why?
He had a mission, if he was able to acquire all these pieces, perhaps if could restore them to their original form. It would be an impossible task knowing that there were so many co-owners of these pieces. The smallest group of them all was one person, then the biggest was the group with 17 people. The intermediate group comprised of 5 people. It was really an uphill task to get all of them to sell the pieces to him.
The first broken piece was from the lone owner. As the negotiations went on, he was able to buy this piece from him. He also managed to get the smaller group to sell him the pieces belong to them.
Two years later, the broken pieces of porcelain were pieced together. They are two lovely blue-n-white vases. These are the two blue-n-white Yuan vases I mentioned earlier in this post.