I am by far not an expert and to be honest, my main advantage is simply having the opportunity to see, touch & feel different restored, un-restored pieces on regular basis. When the factory is literally right behind you and you can hang out with the workers and see the entire process, one can learn a lot quickly.
With that said, if I didn’t have this chance, I would definitely assume this table is a genuine antique.
Its a great reproduction and the finish genuinely feels like it has age – from the coloration to the crackle to the rubbed edges and dirtiness of it all. Though hard to see from the photos, it also has a certain dirty feel to it, giving the impression it has been just recently unearthed from the ground. When I get a free moment, I need to talk with the worker to see exactly how they do this particular lacquering technique – though I am guessing it involves a fabric base, some dirt and probably a blow torch.
One Reply to “Fake: This Chinese antique crackle finish is actually brand new.”
The crackle technique sounds harsh it just does not resonate with the idea of fragile antiques, but then that is the point you are making . The reality and the dream are totally polar opposites.