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Beginners Mistakes

Irv
Irv

We all have to start somewhere right? I would hate to start over from scratch. I lost a fortune but was lucky enough to be able to afford it (Second business) but most people are not so fortunate. My advice if your thinking of buying Chinese antiques to either resell or collect is to specialize in one subject. Pick an area your passionate about and read everything you can lay your hands on. Only buy from auctions or dealers that give a money back guarantee should the item turn out to be fake. Make sure the auction or dealer you buy from states the period of the piece before you purchase ANYTHING.

Over the years I have received many emails like the one below. I have bolded the phrases you need to pay attention too.


(Guy is talking about a vase he own) It’s previous owner had it in his family for around 30 years. This gives it a known history of early to mid 20th Century. Also xxx xxx who I am sure you are aware of dated it 1850-1910. The vase also has several significant age signs such as paint contraction and clear oxidation both on the foot rim and lid. You have dated it with great certainty as late 20th Century so should be most grateful for your reasons in doing this. The more the better as I will want to share your expert knowledge with others. The jar is manifestly hand painted, evidenced with brush strokes and idiosyncrasies of paintwork, the enamels are thick and it is also hand painted under the glaze. If you could also send me a few images from your collection of similar or identical modern jars that would also be really appreciated. Look forward to your reply


The guy had read a little online about how to IDENTIFY OLD CHINESE PORCELAIN or something along those lines and convinced himself his vase was old, its a common beginners mistake, I did it many times. I used to really convince my self something was old (ha ha still doing it) as I had a vested interest and I knew better no matter what more knowledgeable people were telling me. Basically I was right and they were wrong.

Point of the story as I have come to learn is all of the following (The vase also has several significant age signs such as paint contraction and clear oxidation both on the foot rim and lid (&) The jar is manifestly hand painted, evidenced with brush strokes and idiosyncrasies of paintwork, the enamels are thick and it is also hand painted under the glaze) means nothing no more as the fakers have advanced leaps and bounds making the old, tried and tested ways of identifying old porcelain redundant.

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