Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Spending More Than a Penny; 'Loo Roll Holder' Snapped Up for Thousands at Auction

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Spending More Than a Penny; 'Loo Roll Holder' Snapped Up for Thousands at Auction

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LOOKING round the bathroom of a home, Antiques Roadshow expert Steven Moore expected to find no more than the usual porcelain.

What he wasn't quite prepared for was finding a centuries-old Chinese incense burner holding the loo roll.

Now the Ming dynasty pottery has gone under the hammer - and sold for pounds 3,600.

"I was going round with the owner of the house and reached the bathroom," said Steven, senior specialist at Westerhope-based auctioneers Anderson and Garland.

"She said 'Oh, there's nothing in there, it's just the toilet,' but I told her she might be wrong about that as her toilet roll holder looked very much like Ming period to me."

The 15 inch-wide item was carved with dragons chasing flaming pearls and dates from before 1644. Though missing a foot, a stand had been added in the Victorian era.

"It did bring a smile to my face when the hammer came down, knowing what it had previously been used for," said Steven, who made the discovery in a house near Morpeth. …

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