A Bronze Archaic Chilong Vase – Recent Buy

A Bronze Archaic Chilong Vase – 老虎古董 – 购买中国古董 – Tiger Antiques

A Bronze Archaic Chilong Vase – 老虎古董 – 购买中国古董 – Tiger Antiques

Description: The vase is cast with a sinuous chilong spiralled around the body, and is decorated with bands and lappets of archaistic taotie masks.

Source: www.tigerantiques.com/buy-chinese-antiques/a-bronze-archaic-chilong-vase/


  • 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.
  • The engraving of the dish is very crude.

Stay away from this piece it is FAKE

SOLD FOR £11,418

eBay description: 

Measuring 15.6cm in diameter by 3.5cm tall (6 1/8” by 1 3/8”) this wonderful, antique, Chinese Porcelain Bowl has two labels. One is for Christies, who sold it at one of their auctions and the other label is for Chait Galleries, which is the oldest specialist gallery in the United States in the field of fine antique Chinese porcelain and works of art. We give a 100% Unconditional Guarantee that this provenance is authentic and that this shallow Porcelain Bowl is from the Ch’ing Dynasty. The bowl comes with a description cut from Christie’s catalog, which reads;

Engraved Yellow Saucer Dish, Yung Cheng Mark and Period. Of plain shallow form, the gently rounded flaring sides finely incide\\sed with a continuous band of stylized floral scroll, the interior plain, the translucent glaze of a pale lemon-yellow tone, the base glazed white, six-character Yung Cheng reign mark, two hair cracks and restored rim chip, fitted box

We are listing this antique Chinese Porcelain Bowl without any reserve. We also give a 100%, Unconditional Guarantee that the high bidder will be more than satisfied with the quality, condition, age and authenticity or we will return all their money!


Beginners Mistakes


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.

Three-inch Golden Lotus – Han Chinese

Irv Graham

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.

Further Reading


Photograph of Zhou Guizhen, a Chinese woman with bound feet (2007).

$3 Dollar Yard Sale Ding Bowl Nets 2.2 Million At The Auction

ding-bowlA 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.

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