• Fakes and Copies
  • 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 […]

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  • Costly mistake, costly fake: Billionaire killed at home while making a fake antique

    This from the China Daily / China.org recently: The chairman of a major pharmaceutical company and his employee died in an explosion caused by a “chemical experiment gone wrong” at the businessman’s residential villa. Police found an instruction book of ozonizer as well as fragments of oxygen cylinders on the fourth floor, suggesting a chemical […]

  • aimores, cabinets & wardrobes
  • With this Chinese noodle cabinet-scholar cabinet, appearances can be deceiving!

    A customer recently sent me these photos of a Chinese Noodle cabinet which they purchased from an estate auction. Their inquiry was pertaining to its age, value and authenticity. In other words, a quick antique appraisal. The question of course was the one I am asked most frequently which was “Is it old and is […]

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  • Guide to buying Chinese Antiques on eBay

    The Brutal Truth about Buying Chinese Antiques on eBay This is a great little guide from an ebay seller who goes by the screen name of  loveshackbaybee. Its fairly comprehensive and worth a reprint here. Well written, very candid and overall good advice for the masses looking to pick up that “authentic Qing Dynasty vase […]

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  • Do you know what you are selling? Because your customer might not.

    I am noticing a trend where just about “everyone and anyone” is now selling so called “Chinese antique furniture” (or some variation of this) and misrepresenting it as any number of different things. Items made just yesterday (antique reproductions) are falsely labeled as genuine antiques and the real antiques are often completely misclassified. I recently […]