Modern High Quality Copies From China Are Very Convincing
Chinese Porcelains The Art of Fakes
Over the years one of the most difficult arenas of study in Asian Art is the detection of fakes and reproductions. With the absolute flood of fakes pouring in by the container load filling the listings of auctions houses, large and small, across the globe it has become a world wide epidemic. Chinese porcelains the art of fakes and making them has been elevated to it's own art form, they are among the best.
Each week regional auctioneers put forth a bounty of mark and period porcelains from all reigns through the Ming and Qing periods to , if they were real, not to mention the untild millions in bue and white Yuan period wares.
A quick look through the listings of Liveauctioneers.com or Ebay and the reality is unmistakable, page upon page of poorly done and superbly well done fakes abound from Auctioneers spanning the globe, especially here in the USA. Is everything on these sites a Fake? No, they aren't, but enough to warrant a very stern warning to anyone who thinks they have found a real Qianlong, Yongzheng, Jiaqing Daoquang or Kangxi mark and period bowl. You in most cases (99.9% of the time ) have found a Jingdezhen copy. Yes the color looks GREAT, yes the shape is very good, yes the mark is superb...but, its most likely a fake, you chance of finding the real thing is less than .01%. Even with those nice pure white feet, rim frits and even hair line cracks, rest assured all of these they can masterfully Faked on new pieces. Frits can be faked with a fine drill bit and in recent years they have gone as far as drilling the bases to make them look as though they had once been lamps which for many years indicated they were probably old, as many very fine period examples had been drilled for lamps starting in the 1920's.
On Bidamount.com we have be created an Image Archive, with authentic bronzes, porcelains, jades and a variety of other asian works of art.
Below are two images....are either of them Fake? One obviously is....and the other? Yes, its a fake too..well done fakes....BOTH....more will follow....
|Fake Qianlong Marked Bowl, Made Circa 2009 to 2012|
|Reproduction Qianlong Bowl Mark|