The below dish is ending today, its a great example of how the fakers are becoming more cunning. Look at the labels and you will notice the Christie’s one does not give the date year or sale number like it should so its impossible to check against their database, next the Chait Gallery label has been lifted from another piece and the center of the label is torn away.
The spelling of of Yongzheng is not Yung Cheng, this version of the spelling you find in old books and old catalogue descriptions.
The Yongzheng mark on the reverse has been flagged in our database as being by the hand of a know forger.
The colour of the dish is not lemon yellow as described.
It is said, for example, that the practice of foot binding originated among court dancers in the early Song Dynasty (960-1279). Another legend dates to the thirteenth century and tells of the fame of the dancing girls with tiny feet and beautiful bow (bound) shoes at the tenth century court of the Southern Tang kingdom (937-975) in South Central China. It has been estimated that by the early nineteenth century up to 40%, and possibly more, of Han Chinese women had their feet bound. In 1644 the Qing Dynasty came to power in China. The new Qing rulers belonged to an ethnic group known as Manchu. Manchu women, contrary to the Han, were officially forbidden to bind their feet.
“Three-inch golden lotus (三寸金莲)”, “lotus” is a metaphor, but the “three-inch” is not. In ancient times, women had their feet tightly bound at the age of four or five to control further growth. Depending on their sizes, feet were granted different titles: All bound feet were called “lotus”, but those bigger than four inches were “iron lotuses”, four inches were “silver lotuses”, and the three-inch ones were called “golden lotuses”(about eight centimeters), which was apparently the highest ranking.
Smaller feet helped women to gain a better prestige and marriage. As an old Chinese saying says, women conquer the world by conquering men, and men conquer women by conquering the world.
The walking posture of small-foot women was considered graceful and noble. The Chinese believe that the most beautiful walking is wonky willow-like, which displays the feminine charm. Therefore, tottering of foot-bound woman is attractive and elegant.
A rare Chinese bowl bought for about $3 from a yard sale in the U.S. sold for $2.2 million at an auction in New York on Tuesday.
The bowl, found in New York state, “was bought for a few dollars from a tag sale near the consignor’s home in the summer of 2007,” said Cecilia Leung of Sotheby’s. “At the time, the purchaser had no idea that they had happened upon a 1,000-year-old treasure.”
The previous owner displayed the bowl in their living room for several years before they became curious about its origins and had it assessed, Leung said. Sotheby’s pre-sale estimates valued the bowl, which measures just five inches in diameter, at between $200,000 to $300,000.
An antiques collector who sold a Chinese bowl may have lost out on £150,000 after forgetting he had another that would have made a lucrative pair. Tony Evans and his family were thrilled when his antique ‘rice’ bowl from the 18th century fetched a staggering £235,000 at auction.
But it wasn’t until after the sale that the family remembered a matching piece Mr Evans had given to son Simon 30 years ago.
The second bowl is now set to command a similar price when it sells as a single lot, making a total of nearly £470,000 for the pair.
But experts believe that had the items been offered together they could have fetched over £600,000.
Mr Evans, from Kent, had inherited the two Imperial porcelain bowls from his father Fred who had brought them back from working in China in the 1920s.
The extremely rare bowls are six inches in diameter, are decorated with pheasants and were made for the Chinese Emperor Kangxi in the 1720s.