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Fake Chinese Porcelain, Paintings and Objects, Caveat Emptor |
Fake Chinese Porcelain Auction At Eden Galleries, it will be on offer in just a couple days, so all I can say is "Caveat Emptor!" Unless you're building a collection of 21st-century reproductions, then this sale is for you.
Note: This is NOT the same as EDEN FINE ART in NYC, the two are not connected in any way.
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.
Where and When
Eden Galleries a.k.a. "Eden Fine Art Galleries"
1485 Canton Rd, STE 200, Marietta Georgia
When July 15th and July 16th.
Bidding available on Live-Auctioneers and Invaluable
Unless you're building a collection of 21st-century reproductions, this sale is not for you.
A few weeks ago, images of porcelain being sold in July via the Marietta Georgia based Eden Galleries were posted on Facebook, many of them appeared on my feed. Then more of them, so I became curious and followed the links to Live Auctioneers. After browsing through the offerings and the absolute bunk being advertised on these pieces I decided to offer this heads up to anyone interested.
Avoid this auction like the plague.
The absolute fakes and copies in this auction are in quality on a scale of one to ten, good solid sevens. (ten being perfect) So anyone with a moderate amount of knowledge on the subject will immediately run for their lives and have nothing to do with it.
This post is for folks who are fairly new at collecting seriously (less than 5 years). Or for "occasional collectors/hobbyists" with a bit of money to spend, but not enough knowledge to see the difference between authentic and fake objects. Do not get involved with this auction, no matter how many "similar" looking pieces you found at Christie's, Bonhams or Sotheby's. If you found a comparable piece in He Li's book or the British Museum, trust me they aren't the same.
Extremely rare Yuan dragon jars, meiping vases, imperial coral ground bowls etc. do not get offered at auction with $400 to $3,500 estimates. Copies do, but not originals.
To learn more visit their Live-Auctioneers or the Invaluable site and check their PAST auctions. It's packed with objects that if real would be worth millions and millions of dollars. Be sure to log into your account and check the prices realized. If you haven't got an account with Live-Auctioneers or Invaluable sign up for one, it's free and well worth having.
Have you left bid already on the Fake Chinese porcelain auction at Eden Galleries ?
If so and I were you, contact them immediately and retract it. You can and they can do nothing about it. If you've left a bid on Live-Auctioneers or Invaluable you can retract it through their site.
Have you convinced yourself some of the porcelain is authentic and are still thinking of bidding?
I wouldn't do it, , no matter how much you've convinced yourself. After looking through the sale I can say "no you haven't found anything". Unless you buy copies.
How about the paintings? Some of them are famous contemporary artists!!
In my opinion, they appear to be copies of famous contemporary artists. Several are so unlike authentic works, it gave me a headache. Yes, they do copy them, by the boat load.
What About the Jades and Bronzes?
All I can say is, you're on your own if you want to give it a whirl. (I wouldn't touch them with a ten-foot pole after seeing what else they are selling.)
Fake Chinese Porcelain Auction At Eden Galleries, what about the provenances?
As is the practice these days with all auctions handling Chinese art providing "Provenance" for everything as much as possible. The concept and power of providing some history to the prospective buyers about who or where the items come from is now an industry. Old collector labels are being reproduced digitally, labels are often transferred from one piece to another. Major auction house labels with lot numbers get moved from inexpensive items to very expensive looking items.
As for who the "collectors" are in this sale, it is probably irrelevant if the consignor didn't know what he was doing, to begin with. The question to ask is, have any of these collectors become well know for building a great collection?
Does anyone know who they are in the art world (I've never heard of any of them). Have you tried "Googling" their names? Did you get information, other than perhaps something posted from an anonymous site?
Note: If you see an extremely rare looking object and NO provenance, be very concerned. Do not talk yourself into the bidding.
Well, these are my thoughts, if you don't agree, knock yourself out.
Bear in mind, Live-auctioneers and Invaluable are NOT responsible for any content on their sites.
You are a brave man I think for blowing the whistle on these fraudulent and potentially dangerous con merchants who are as much a disease to humanity as the scum bags who people traffic, pimp and deal in illegal drugs… Why don’t governments take a tougher stance against them?
Sadly, most state auctioneer licensing boards don’t care about folks selling fake Chinese art. In addition, a number of states do not require auctioneers to even have a license. I have one here in Massachusetts, but many states don’t regulate auctions.
Taswin Hazman says
Sam D says
Thank you so much for the revelation. What a hero you are, Mr. Peter Combs. That was exactly what I thought when I first looked at their auctions. I couldn’t believe they had so many “antiques” that each could worth millions and millions dollars (if they are authentic and real), but at their auctions, those “antiques” were only auctioned for few thousands or even less. I feel Sorry for those auction suckers who spent thousands and thousands on items that worth less than a hundred.
I wish I had seen your post earlier. I was just scammed in their most recent auction. Bought a Chinese painting – it was a worthless copy of the the authentic work. The Eden Galleries are a fraud.