A head-high Japanese vase is available at “Bares zum Sale”. The gem could fetch 15,000 euros – but expert Albert Maier destroys the dream of big money.

This piece towers over Horst Lichter: Jana Sierck, Human Resources Manager from Harsefeld, comes to “Bares for Rares” with a head-high vase. “I’m selling them on behalf of my father,” says the 45-year-old on the ZDF junk show. Grandfather bought the magnificent vase for a Chinese room in the 1960s. For years, the eye-catching piece stood in the parents’ hallway. What she doesn’t know: the vase could bring a small fortune.

“Your very decorative copper vase does not come from China but from Japan,” says “Bares for Rares” expert Albert Maier. The vase is completely covered with enamel and about 120 years old. The decor with the eye-catching floral patterns reveals that the magnificent vase was created in the time of Emperor Meiji. “The last feudal ruler of Japan,” says the expert. The high level of craftsmanship is particularly impressive. “It’s very time-consuming and time-consuming, because the glass melt has to be heaped up.” Maier is enthusiastic.

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Sierck would like 1,500 euros for the vase. “My father would like to use the money to go back to the vase’s country of origin, i.e. to Japan,” explains the saleswoman. Maier still can’t stop raving about it. Because of the “beauty of this vase and uniqueness” the price is higher. Then the shock: the vase could be worth 15,000 euros – “at least”. But unfortunately it was damaged in one place. “That can’t be repaired either,” says Maier. Therefore, his estimated price is unfortunately only 1800 to 2000 euros.

Walter “Waldi” Lehnertz examines the vase in the dealer’s room. “What do you want with that?” he says critically. But especially Sarah Schreiber would like to have the vase despite the damage. She starts with a bid of 500 euros. Christian Vechtel raises to 550, while Schreiber counters with 600 euros. But then the end of the commandments is already reached. “I don’t sell for less than 1,500 euros,” says saleswoman Sierck resolutely. Schneider thinks about it, then agrees to pay more than twice as much and offers the 1,500 euros. “A great vase,” she says happily.

The seller is happy too. “I have reached my desired price.”

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Source: “Bares für Rares” from July 7, 2022. New episodes of the junk show with Horst Lichter can be seen from Monday to Friday at 3:05 p.m. on ZDF and in advance in the media library.