• 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 […]

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

    real verse fake chinese porcelain-earthenware-ceamic-terracotta

    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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • Germany’s fake terracotta warriors – seems even the museums get duped sometimes

    GERMANY-FAKE Terra Cotta Warrior

    Somehow I missed this one (which dates all the way back to 2007).  While I have to admit its a bit cynical to say it, I find this absolutely hilarious (on so many levels, I can’t even begin to touch on all of them).  From rampant piracy in China, to its historical context concerning fakes […]