MOSCOW, March 10 – RIA Novosti. A Connecticut resident, USA, bought a ceramic bowl for $ 35 at a local flea market, which turned out to be a work of 15th century art, Insider reports.
An antique hunter stumbled upon this rare item at a garage sale in the New Haven area of Connecticut, and later sent photos of it to experts at Sotheby's.
Chinese art and ceramics experts Angela MacAthyr and Han Yin, looking at the pictures, immediately realized that they were “really something special.” After detailed examination, they confirmed that the bowl was created in the early 1400s, during the reign of Emperor Zhu Di.
The bowl, 16 centimeters in diameter, is decorated with an ornament in the form of lotus buds and a chicken heart – integral elements inherent in ceramics from the Ming dynasty.
In total, six such bowls have survived in the world, and there is no other similar one in the United States. Two are in the Imperial Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan, two are in museums in London, and one is in the National Museum of Iran.
It is not yet known how such a relic got to a flea market and, in principle, ended up in Connecticut.
Insider notes that the bowl will be sold on March 17 in New York at Sotheby's. The starting price of the lot is 300-500 thousand dollars. Culture