• Antique Dealers
  • Hong Kong, el paraíso del contrabando de antigüedades… que China quiere aprovechar

    Una mujer observa varias antigüedades en una vitrina durante la feria Fine Arts Asia

    PEKÍN PONE FRENO A LOS CAZATESOROS https://www.elconfidencial.com/mundo/2017-10-30/hong-kong-paraiso-contrabando-antiguedades_1466468/ Rodeado de esculturas de feroces dioses budistas, mercaderes de la ruta de la Seda y voluptuosas cortesanas de la dinastía Tang, el propietario de uno de los numerosos anticuarios de Hollywood Road, una de las calles más antiguas de Hong Kong, enseña con orgullo su colección. “La mayoría de piezas […]

  • Fakes and Copies
  • Jiboazhai: China’s fake antiques museum

    Chinese museum forced to close after discovery its 40,000 piece collection of 'ancient relics' are fake

    Fakes are nothing new in China. From fake Apple stores & fake Ikea stores to fake rice made from plastic and even fake cities, almost everyday there is something new in China that is being faked, including & especially antiques. So it’s no surprise that there are also museums which are filled with fakes as well. China’s Jiboazhai Museum […]

  • Fakes and Copies
  • Look at the dirt – quick tips for authenticating neolithic and ancient Chinese pottery

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    Super quick post regarding a recent discussion I was having about cleaning antiquities, particularly those which would have been buried underground. While there are many highly specialized and scientific ways to authenticate a piece (for example TL testing), there are also some very practical clues one can look out for. For example dirt. When an […]

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  • Red or Black Lacquer Gilt Paintings – determining the old from the new on Chinese gold painted furniture.

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      I was recently looking over a gilded and painted antique Chinese book cabinet (书柜), with a customer in a very expensive Hong Kong antique dealers shop. I casually remarked that the gold paintings have been retouched and in some cases were completely new. (Though the dealer would swear the paintings were original, whether they knew […]

  • Fakes and Copies
  • Detecting Fake Chinese Porcelain & Ceramics

    I am always a fan of people who dig into a subject, taking the time to take photos, make illustrations and simply dig in to the nitty-gritty details. People often forget that it takes time to take the time to share their own thoughts and insights on topics they are passionate about. So I was […]