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Lyn Nance of Port Elizabeth writes I’d like to know more about this Copie d’ancien Sevres bowl; the dimensions are 8cm (H) x 30cm (L; including metal ornamentation) x 18cm (W). It clearly announces itself as a copy, but I’d still like to find out what it’s worth. Can you help?

Ainsley Taylor of Stephan Welz & Co. replies In 18th century Europe, Chinese porcelain was one of the most highly prized commodities in the Western world, and vast quantities were shipped at great expense to Europe to meet the demands of the wealthy aristocracy.

Aware of the potential fortune to be made if this ‘white gold’ could be produced locally, Augustus the Strong, King of Poland and Elector of Saxony, financed several scientists and alchemists with the sole purpose of discovering the recipe for making porcelain.

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