Quick News 12th Of Aug 2018

US tariffs on Chinese art could backfire – Global Times

US tariffs on Chinese art could backfire – Global Times

Visitors look at an old sculpture at the National Museum of China in Beijing on Saturday.

Source: www.globaltimes.cn/content/1115012.shtml

Feature: Cuban hurricane survivor finds happy ending in Chinese porcelain – Xinhua | English.news.cn

Feature: Cuban hurricane survivor finds happy ending in Chinese porcelain – Xinhua | English.news.cn

HAVANA, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) — Cuban curator and art collector Yosvanis Fornaris owes his expertise in Chinese porcelain to something unusual — a tropical cyclone that devastated Cuba in 2008.

Source: www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-08/11/c_137383426.htm

One man€™s quest to preserve China€™s ancient wooden Hui buildings

One man’s quest to preserve China’s ancient wooden Hui buildings

Antique furniture collector scours ancient Huizhou for the finest examples of Hui architecture, taking the structures apart and transporting them to Beijing for safekeeping

Source: www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/2158896/ancient-chinas-architecture-wooden-homes-given

Rare 16th century Buddha statue was used as doorstop

Rare 16th century Buddha statue was used as doorstop

The statue is part of a collection which could make tens of thousands of pounds at auction

Source: www.expressandstar.com/news/local-hubs/dudley/stourbridge/2018/08/11/rare-16th-century-buddha-statue-was-used-as-doorstop/

The art of clay teapots – SHINE

The art of clay teapots – SHINE

Tea wares need to be practical, but it can also delight the eyes.

Source: www.shine.cn/feature/art-culture/1808110264/

Today 11th Of Aug 2018

Shock Tactic’s Working

So many items not getting paid for (protest bidding). Many disgruntled eBay fake sellers. Maybe time to tone the imagery and wording down as we have caught the attention of a lot of buyers – The shock tactics really worked.


Great Buy In Europe

A wonderful large Kangxi vase purchased in Europe today, masterfully painted with warriors on horseback, also the buying trip is going better than expected.

Quick News 10th Of Aug 2018

Reviving tradition in China’s porcelain capital.

Reviving tradition in China’s porcelain capital – USA – Chinadaily.com.cn

Jingdezhen, China’s porcelain capital, is seeking to revive its culture.

Source: usa.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201808/09/WS5b6bee64a310add14f384ebc.html

5 minutes with… A 3,000-year-old bronze gui.

5 minutes with… A 3,000-year-old bronze gui | Christie’s

Offered on 13 September, this bronze vessel is one of only 15 four-legged examples known to our specialist, and once belonged the emperor Qianlong

Source: www.christies.com/features/A-3000-year-old-bronze-gui-9329-3.aspx

Qing era art set to wow US – China.org.cn

Qing era art set to wow US – China.org.cn

An exhibition to explore the role of empresses in China’s last dynasty-the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)-will be on view from Aug 18 in the Untied States.

Source: www.china.org.cn/arts/2018-08/09/content_58292772.htm

Quick News 9th Of Aug 2018

Buddha statue painted in ‘ridiculous’ colours in botched repair works

Buddha statue painted in ‘ridiculous’ colours in botched repair works

The relic is inside a grotto in south-west China’s Anyue county, and dates back to the Song dynasty (960-1279). Local officials issued an apology after photos of the flubbed restoration went viral.

Source: www.dailymail.co.uk/news/china/article-6039205/Outcry-1-000-year-old-Buddha-statue-given-ridiculous-colour-pattern-botched-repair-works.html

Warring States Dou Atop Bixie Captures Tone of September 8 Sale At Gianguan Auctions

Warring States Dou Atop Bixie Captures Tone of September 8 Sale At Gianguan Auctions

Warring States Dou Atop Bixie Captures Tone of September 8 Sale At Gianguan Auctions NEW YORK , New York — 08 August 2018 Warring States bronze, silver & gold Dou on Bixie. Gianguan Auctions.September 8, 2018 sale. “Visit” by Huang Gongwang, Yuan Dynasty. Gianguan Auctio…

Source: www.artfixdaily.com/artwire/release/7825-warring-states-dou-atop-bixie-captures-tone-of-september-8-sale-a

In the Forbidden City, being the emperor didn’t equate to a life of limitless power or pleasure

In the Forbidden City, being the emperor didn’t equate to a life of limitless power or pleasure

For the emperor, life in the Forbidden City was not as opulent as one might imagine

Source: multimedia.scmp.com/culture/article/2158740/forbidden-city/life/chapter_03.html

Dealers fight back as Chinese art under attack in Trump’s trade war

Dealers fight back as Chinese art under attack in Trump’s trade war

Threat of 25 per cent tariffs on Chinese paintings, sculptures, collect­ibles and antiques to be discussed at public hearing in United States

Source: www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/arts-music/article/2158752/art-dealers-fight-back-us-china-trade-war-poised

Today 8th Of Aug 2018

Fantastic find in Europe today.

A large vase described as late 19th/20thc is in fact an exceptional Kangxi period vase with amazing Phoenix head handles. A most unusual vase in its form and decoration. Been a great day buying now time for a pint of Moretti lager 😉 as Venice awaits me tomorrow. Tough life this antique dealing lark!


Site seems to be running sooooo slow, traffic is going through the roof due to the constant updating. Bear with me, if it persists will move site to a dedicated server.


Lee Morgan wrote in and asked: Who cares if dealers are selling fakes? If people are stupid enough to buy then that is their problem.

Hi Lee, personally I am not that concerned as the more fakes online the better I can buy. The real pieces get buried under a sea of fakes, also the buyers tend not to bid as strong if they already have a few purchases under their belt.

On the other hand Lewis takes the fraudsters very seriously, he thinks they are scum and lower than dog shxt. To him they cant make it as real dealers so have to resort to fraud. A few years ago he was contacted by an elderly guy from a small town not too far from Shanghai to take a look at his collection of Chinese porcelain.

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