Rare Chinese hat stand found in Wales sells for £580,000

Christie's in King Street and the 19th Century hat stand Image copyright Geograph/Colin Smith/Christie's
Image caption The Chinese hat stand was sold at Christie's in King Street with about 200 other lots

A rare imperial Chinese hat stand found in Wales has sold for £581,000 at auction.

The "nine dragons" ceramic hat stand had been kept on a table in the hallway of a Welsh house since the early 1950s.

It had originally been made for the Qing-era emperor Dauguang in the mid-19th Century but was later converted to a lamp.

The stand sold for more than £280,000 above the £300,000 guide price at Christie's in King Street, London.

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