Chinese 18th century cannon goes up for auction for £100,000


Chinese 18th century cannon that was kept in the garden as an ornament for years goes up for auction for £100,000

  • 600lb 65in-long bronze weapon was made in China in 1789 during Qing dynasty 
  • The cannon would have been used by Guo Xing Fu to protect the port of Xiamen
  • It was brought by a British military family about 100 years ago and passed down
  • It spent the last few years in the garden of a property in north Wales 

It spent years as a garden ornament. Now this 18th century Chinese cannon is up for auction with a £100,000 price tag.

The 600lb 65in-long bronze weapon was made in 1789 when China was under the control of the Qianlong Emperor, a member of the Qing dynasty who ruled between 1711 and 1799.

The cannon would have been used by Guo Xing Fu, a merchant group in charge of the maritime trade across south east China, to protect the port of Xiamen where foreign merchants, including British, bought goods.

The 600lb 65in-long bronze weapon was made in 1789 when China was under the control of the Qianlong Emperor, a member of the Qing dynasty who ruled between 1711 and 1799

The cannon would have been used by Guo Xing Fu, a merchant group in charge of the maritime trade across south east China, to protect the port of Xiamen where foreign merchants, including British, bought goods

The cannon would have been used by Guo Xing Fu, a merchant group in charge of the maritime trade across south east China, to protect the port of Xiamen where foreign merchants, including British, bought goods

It was bought by a British military family about 100 years ago and was in a garden in North Wales. It will be sold by Duke’s of Dorchester, Dorset, on Monday.

It has been passed down the family ever since and has spent the last few years in the garden of a property north Wales. 

A spokesman for the auctioneers said: ‘The cannon bears inscription dating to the third month of the Qianlong 54th year, which was 1789.

‘It was acquired by a military family in the early 20th century and has been soaking up the sun in a country garden in recent years.’

The sale takes place on November 9. 

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