British army officer has sold his set of rare Chinese artefacts for a staggering £500,000

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Pictured: John Axford, chairman of Woolley & Wallis, said: "Wang Qi is one of the most sought-after porcelain artists of the Republic period and is now the biggest name among collectors in that field. <br />
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A retired British army officer has sold his set of rare Chinese artefacts for a staggering £500,000 - ten times their estimate.<br />
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Colonel Timothy Van Rees acquired four porcelain plaques from a Cat Street dealer named Mr Wong in Hong Kong in 1968.<br />
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He served in the Welsh Regiment in the Far East from 1966 to 1969, then between 1971 and 1973, and was also a magistrate.<br />
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The plaques, which are decorated with images of mythical figures and poets, were produced by acclaimed Chinese porcelain painter Wang Li in 1931.