• Porcelain, Ceramics & Blanc-de-chine
  • A “Laowai” from ancient times: A closer look at a Han dynasty bearded foreign groom

    Han dynasty tomb figurine

    Laowai (老外) is a common Chinese word often heard by any foreigner in China. Literally translated as “old foreigner” we often hear it all to many times. Yet, it seems foreign devils in China are not recent occurrences, judging by this foreign gentleman, who is a bearded Xianbei – Xiongnu guardian (or more likely a groom) based on […]

  • Cool Finds/Rare Items
  • Cool Finds: A look at some 2000 year old, Han Dynasty earthenwares

    Note: All images are clickable. During our treks and travels, we come across all sorts of rare, unusual and interesting things. Like this 300 year old temple table we stumbled across this past summer. Or this Chinese ancestor painting which eventually wound up permanently wall-mounted in a friends living room. But this cache of Han Dynasty […]

  • antique appraisals
  • thermoluminescence testing for porcelain, ceramics and bronzes

    Another super quick post but a link worth including here: http://www.oxfordauthentication.com/ One thing to be aware of is that thermoluminescence testing works only with fired items, in other words items like porcelain, earthenware or bronze. If you don’t know what thermoluminescence testing is have a quick read of the snippet below from their website: Thermoluminescence […]