Altar Auction Of Fake Song and Qing Porcelain and Ceramics
Altair Auctions Fake Chinese Song and Qing will be sold on July 29th, 2017, complete with labels and bogus receipts. Offered by Altair Auctions!
When: July 29th, 2017
I hope this will drive home to our readers the problem of faked purchase receipts and collection stickers plaguing the Asian art market today. It's been going on now for several years but has been stepping into high gear as the copies just keep getting better.
To View the sale, you must go to Live Auctioneers, Altair has NOT put this auction on their website. (gee I wonder why?)
Have Rare Song Ceramics Suddenly Become Worthless and Common?
The short and only answer is, of course not. However after browsing through this auction, one would think collectors and or museums are dumping onto the market. You could possibly think you've fallen into a time warp, where suddenly they are available at prices the market hasn't seen this low since the 1920's and 30's. A lovely dream, only if it were true. Altair Auctions fake Chinese Song and Qing event will be just the ticket for folks who have money to burn, don't be one of them.
Famous Collectors, Buying From the Grave and Other Impossibilities
Even more amazingly, a number of the lots being presented by Altair Auctions were according to the receipts being shown as provenance were bought many years after the buyers died. Decades after in some cases. In addition, of course, are assorted labels indicating equally dubious provenances.
Legendary British-American Collector Alfred Clark wasn't shopping at John Sparks in 1963
Alfred Clark and his wife were at the forefront of collecting Chinese ceramics and art during the first half of the 20th C. . Many believed their collection to be on a par with the collection of Sir Percival David.
Mr. Clark made his fortune as one of the drivers behind the modern recording industry founding several highly successful firms after leaving the United States to work for Thomas Edson. He eventually moved to England. Part of his collection is today in the British museum, including the companion piece to the one sold at Sotheby's, which was donated in the 1930's. . In 1928 he became a naturalised British citizen and a leading figure at the Oriental Ceramics Society.
Were anything from his collection, which ceased being added to at the time of his death in 1950, to be offered on the market it wouldn't be at the Altair Auctions Fake Chinese Song and Qing sale.
Carl Johannes August Schmid-Wahlgren (1863-1944)
He also was not buying during the 1960's. Receipts with his name on them are also flooding the market, you can find them on Google Image Search. Including ones from Yamanaka Company.
The Fonthill Heirlooms Collection is not on the market either. (More on the real collection below) Like we said, Altair Auctions Fake Chinese Song and Qing porcelains!
The Fonthill Heirlooms remains one of the most facinating groups of Imperial Qing porcelain and works of art formed by a European in the 19th Century. It was originally collected by Alfred Morrison, the London-based Member of Parliament, who was an active purchaser during the last decades of the 19th Century, when Chinese and Japanese art were both culturally very much at the forefront of aesthetic tastes as pioneered by artistic taste-formers like James Whistler and Oscar Wilde, and also available in rather larger quantities than previously. The Fonthill Heirlooms became particularly well-known because Alfred Morrison was apparently able to buy a substantial quantity of Chinese art from Lord Loch of Drylaw. Before ennoblement, Lord Loch had been an aide-de-camp of Lord Elgin, British Minister Plenipotentiary in charge of the Western military campaign in China which culminated in the sacking of the Summer Palace in 1860. It appears that Mr Morrison bought, still packed in the original campaign chests, the mementoes which Lord Loch had brought back from Beijing. However, it is unclear how much of the Fonthill Heirlooms formed part of this purchase traceable directly back to the sacking, and how much was subsequently acquired by Mr Morrison from London antique dealers emerging into leading taste creators around the new antique dealing areas of Belgravia, Mayfair and Bond Street"
Below are just some of the Fake Receipts being presented with the pieces.
Note: This post is not an accusation of any criminal intent towards the auctioneer but is my personal opinion about the authenticity of the items being presented. The objects in question are not consistent in quality and content of known authentic examples. The previous owner labels and receipt accompanying numerous lots are in our opinion not authentic. Definition the term FAKE: