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Looking a Straits vase on EBay does it look legit
I’m interested in this vase with all the copies wondering if it’s legit.
The pictures seem blurry - is it me?
From what I can see, I wouldn't buy it. It looks very messy, the phoenix looks like it has been shot and there is none of that nice kind of spikiness in the decoration that one associates with straits porcelain - if you know what I mean.
I am not even sure I would call it that and if I were a collector, this is not what I would want for my collection.
I am looking to add a Straits piece to my collection before I do I want to get a feel for a legit one. Here is the link for better view.
Not a classic Straits vase in my opinion. They used to have very simple forms. Looks ok for late Qing/Republic although the seller is JHT who has sometimes been mentioned here.
Thanks, that doesn't look as bad on the actual link, maybe it was me!
Still, I wouldn't buy it for that price. Nyonya, for me at least, should be uplifting and joyful, this vase doesn't quite capture that. There are also lot of these vases around (in other decorative styles too eg Rose Mandarin) and I think you could get one cheaper.
I had a look around just now and I am amazed at how these are still being made today and very convincingly, too. I guess the colours make them perennially popular.
Sorry Brian, I was wrong. While the forms of plates, pots etc are rather simple, there were indeed altar vases that looked like this:
This is one of the threads dealing with Joanie:
As to the authenticity of the vase I am not sure. It’s difficult to find Straits porcelain on the market and Joanie has even two of them, together with the usual story. The teapot looks better than the vase but in any case I would proceed with care and probably use Peter’s authentication service before bidding.
That one is almost exactly the same Birgit. I hold my hand up, I was hasty to dismiss it and would have to call it Nonya, too. However, I still think you could get one cheaper or at least a more joyous looking one for the price.
Having said that, I have the impression Straits porcelain etc is on a bit of a roll at the moment, so it may not be the best time to pick up something at a good price.
Just noticed I missed the y off Nyonya, sorry.
Having mentioned this shape being used for lots of designs, I was just sent an auction notification with a plain white one. I have not come across one of those before. Picture isn't great but for reference here it is:
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