The beautiful enamel bottle made for China’s Emperor Qianlong in the 18th century was part of a collection put together by George and Mary Bloch.
It was hoped it might sell for £250,000 but furious bidding saw the price rise beyond anyone’s expectations. The sale proves the strength of the Chinese market.
The small enamel bottle shows on one side a woman and a young boy with an elaborate building and trees in the background.
One the other side is a woman with a basket of flowers and fruit and another young boy, with buildings and the tree-clad banks of a stream behind her.
All the figures look European and the condition of the piece was described as ‘perfect’.