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Was this a real Song dynasty Jian kiln Hare's Fur tenmoku tea bowl sold for $7000 ???
And it has been a typical shape. This is made well and is a very good glaze. The glaze tone, form and the clay are appropriate Chinese TENMOKU-CHAWAN. I think that this is a serious Chinese tea bowl that made by the specialist regardless of whether old or new.
To be honest it is hard to tell as many copies look very good.
What should we be looking for to really know ?
I have one but someone showed me images of a fake and it looked like my piece which I think/thought was genuine.
The attached is a 'tribute' piece.
TENMOKU tea bowl is covered with Tenmoku glaze containing iron, which is good to tea drinking. During Song dynasty(960-1279) of Chinese, it had been favored by the Royals and the dignitaries. Kind Reminders.
What should we be looking for to really know? I don't know. I bought one good oil spot bowl from the same dealer long time ago that is possibly a real Song dynasty example but good copies are being made like you say.
And this is bowl you have? It might be an idea to identify the source of the pictures you're posting. I can see one is from Carlo Bonte Auctions. http://en.51bidlive.com/Item/1738034 And another from Metropolitan.
Tea Bowl with "Hare's-Fur" Glaze | Work of Art | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Period: Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279). Date: 12th century. Culture: China. Medium: Stoneware with iron glaze (Jian ware). Dimensions: H. 2 3/4 in. (7 ...
These are really difficult. I once bought one but after grave doubts about its age sold it as modern with considerable loss. I have read that the foot rim often gives the fakes away. If it has sharp edges as in the Ebay example it’s most possibly modern. The real item should have a foot rim softened by time as you can see in Vic‘s picture.
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