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‘Cursed’ Chinese heirloom has ruined my life, mother claims

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A woman who lost a two-year court battle over a family heirloom has claimed the ‘cursed’ £230,000 vase ruined her life – and that she is now being forced to sell her home.

Andrea Calland, 47, found the Chinese ornament in her garage and decided to sell it, expecting it to raise a few hundred pounds.

But the vase sold for a staggering £228,000 at auction – and Miss Calland became embroiled in a lengthy legal fight with her former mother-in-law over who should keep the money.

But since then life has become a nightmare for the freelance science tutor.

Her former mother-in-law, Evelyn Galloway, launched a successful legal bid for most of the money, claiming she had only loaned the vase to Andrea and her then husband so it was not hers to sell.

After a lengthy court case, Andrea was made to pay £180,000 to Mrs Galloway and her legal costs have now left her bankrupt and facing eviction.

She has claimed the five inch, gilt-copper vase is “cursed” after the cost of the case left her bankrupt and facing eviction from her home in Ruthin, North Wales, which she has been forced to put up for sale to clear her debts.

She said: “It was an ugly piece of china, it was five inches high and tacky. It was something you would see in a Chinese takeaway.

“It has ruined my life, I wish I had never set eyes on it really, I’ve lost everything I’ve ever owned in the world because of it.

“I owe over £100,000 in legal fees, as well as all the money I have lost on the vase already.”

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Chicken Cup To GO on Show Says Liu Yiqian

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Liu Yiqian, 51, is one of the country’s wealthiest people and among a new class of Chinese super-rich scouring the globe for artwork.

A middle-school dropout who drove a cab before becoming a multimillionaire, Liu has a fortune estimated at US$900 million by Forbes, making him the 200th richest person on China’s mainland.

Born in 1963 into a working-class family in Shanghai, Liu left school at age 14 to help his mother with her handbag business. He worked as a taxi driver for two years in the mid-1980s, before making his fortune in the 1990s by investing in the stock market.

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Honk Kong Cleaners Bin Million Dollar Artwork

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To art circles, Hong Kong artist Cui Ruzhou’s ink-washed “Snowy Mountain” is worth US $3.7 Million (22.9 Million Yuan) when it was recently auctioned off.

To the cleaners at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Hong Kong, it was just one of many items to be hauled off as they went through their daily chores.

And so the pricey work of art disappeared.

In a frantic search, Hong Kong police tried the hotel’s closed circuit cameras and discovered that the canvass was stored in an ordinary box and mistakenly thrown away.

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Chinese Auction Houses Need To Take A Leaf From Cao Zhao’s Book

chinese-auctionWhen in 1388, during the first years of the Ming dynasty, Cao Zhao, an author from the Yangtze city of Songjiang, published the Ge Gu Yao Lun (Essential Criteria of Antiquities), he had no idea that 600 years later, his advice to collectors would be the litmus test of a multibillion-dollar industry in 21st-century China.

In essence, what Cao explains is that a concern for authenticity should dominate all other concerns such as aestheticism when it comes to artefacts. The fear of fakes, forgeries and inauthenticity was prevalent in 14th-century China. As the international art press and business media has mentioned at length, these fears are present again today as Chinese auction houses aim for the international market.

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Analysis and Treatment of a Chinese Ceramic Mortuary Figure

tomb-figureAbstract: Chinese ceramic funerary figures are found in many museum and private collections. These figures are often discovered to be restored originals, forgeries or restored forgeries. The Buffalo Museum of Science owns a collection of these ceramic sculptures from ancient China, including the figure, Guard on Horseback (BMS CH296). Damage to this sculpture separated the body from the base exposing an earlier restoration. Access to the interior of the sculpture gave an opportunity to develop a greater understanding of its origin, its fabrication techniques, and its restoration.

Samples from the interior cavity of the sculpture were used for thermoluminescence authenticity dating and thin section analysis of the ceramic body. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) was used to help describe the layers on the surface of the sculpture. Previous restoration materials were characterized and identified through ultraviolet radiation, X-radiography, microchemical and solubility tests, microscopy and X-ray spectroscopy (XRF). The principal objective of this paper is to present the results of these examination and analytical techniques, their influence on treatment decisions and the consequent conservation treatment of this sculpture.

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