An old farmer in China has made his fortune creating fake Chinese antiques and shipping them overseas. He employed all 800 people in his village to help, in doing so he has managed to lift the full village out of poverty.
The farmer’s name is Fang Xingqing, from Yanyunjian, Luoyang. Born in the 1950s, he was raised as a farmer like his ancestors before him. The whole village has relied on farming for many years for their livelihood and have suffered financially due to the drop in income from farming.
Nearly all the villagers including Fang Xingqing dropped out of school to help their parents with farming tasks.
After several years of farming Fang Xingqing realized he could not make enough income to sustain his family, so he began to look for work elsewhere.
After many jobs he was accidentally introduced to the antiques trade by a friend and quickly learned how lucrative it was.
One day he bought a bronze mirror which was broken, he took the mirror to a silversmith in the town he was staying. After the two of them studied the bronze mirror they found a way they could repair it, as well as repairing the mirror they found a way to age it with the use of nitric acid and ammonium bicarbonate fertilizer. After a few days a chemical reaction occurred, a layer of green patination appeared on the bronze mirror.
Once the mirror was repaired and aged they took the mirror to an antique’s appraiser who could not tell the mirror had been repaired and thought it was genuine and bought it, giving the old farmer and the silversmith a healthy profit.
Due to the success with the mirror the old farmer decided to go into the business of faking antiques full time, he soon found helpers in his village. As time went by he learned new techniques of making bronzes and ageing them and his fakes became better and better, fooling many experts.
The old farmer was making good profits and decided to branch out, he began visiting museums to study the shapes of early bronzes and the techniques used to create them.
He was raided by customs as it is illegal to ship antiques out of China, no police charges were brought to the farmer or the villages for copying Shang dynasty bronzes as they were classed as handicrafts.
The farmer is still pumping out his fakes and making his fortune.
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