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What type of vase is this?
Hi Giovanni. I meant no disrespect and obviously I don't know much, so I'm just looking for help. In short I have no idea what is possible to determine from a photo like this. I apologize if you think my question was out of place. I hoped this would be a safe place for an ignorant newbie (as in a month ago I developed this interest) to get some insights from people with experience. I am hoping to learn as much as possible. For instance, what would I be looking for to determine an authentic item from a fake, etc. Does anyone know of a good/fake reference for comparison, etc. I literally have no idea what this style of vase might be called, or if it would be associated with a particular time/place, etc. But it seems quite beautiful. I'm going to a sale where it will be available and at this point, any information would help me. I know that nothing with certainty could be determined, I'm just hoping for some specific guidance. If you could help I'd be grateful. If not perhaps someone else could. Thanks.
Need better photo's. Important to show the base. Some clues to the material it's made from ceramic ? metal ? Also Dimensions. If you can try to take some pic's of your own at the sale viewing and post before bidding you will get some good advice here. If you can't do this then maybe it's better to just let it go. I am sure that at some point in the future if you are able to provide better pictures and more details of items that you have an interest in you will find lot's of help here.
apart from it being difficult to tell anything from a single picture like this, an estate sale (or whatever it is) is not the best starting point for a beginner. Get some information, read books, visit museums and buy from reliable dealers or auction houses. In the list below the forum there are many interesting books. Also you can use the links on top of the page to find items recommended by bidamount
You could start by at least researching that shape. Just put "shapes of chinese vases" or some such into a search engine and you'll find some information that may help. You really can't beat doing some thorough research before diving in.
Obviously, finding when this shape may have first been used is no guide to the authenticity or age of the item but it may give you a starting point. Even not finding it, will help. It looks quite unusual, and rather unbalanced, to me - perhaps more like a persian (Indian?) metalware item.
As others have said, without better photos it is so hard to be helpful. Just remember "if in doubt, don't!"
sorry if I did appear harsh, I was not actually, I was both joking and at the same time inviting you to realize that that picture is not helping so much.
You said that you are interested to learn. You have not been clear but, supposing that you meant that you are interested to learn about Chinese ceramics, then the suggestion of the way to take pictures given by Michael is a good one.
In Chinese ceramics, there are some features that are fundamental.
First is the shape. So you should try to take a picture from the side of the object and not from the top, and at a certain distance. In your picture, that vase looks as having a mouth much bigger than the body, but I am sure that it is not like that in real. That is a distortion.
Second very important point is a clear picture of the base, showing the underneath of the piece. That is very important because it is the most difficult part to imitate correctly.
Third, pictures showing the decoration, if there is any.
BTW, for what I can see by the picture provided, the vase is made of porcelain. An uniform decorative pattern, completely covering the piece, except the foot on which there is an inscription, is something that does not exist in classic Chinese ceramics.
The shape of the (wooden?) socle too is not of the typical ones.
Hence I think that it is not old and I would not buy it.
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