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Galerie Zacke - Auction full of fakes? - Tell me your opinion
392 lots in the next auction - How many are genuine, as described antiques?
Galerie Zacke's website states they are "Vienna’s Largest Asian Art Gallery" and "Galerie Zacke was founded 50 years ago in Vienna and has been a fixture of the Asian art market for decades".
Galerie Zacke, Vienna - Fine Chinese Art, Buddhism and Hinduism Friday, September 27th 2019, at 10.00 am CET
I'm afraid I couldn't possibly comment on most of the items here, I just don't know enough. I looked at the porcelain, from my limited perspective, it looked mostly fine: a couple of things I felt were unusual but that doesn't make them fakes. Was there something in particular that concerned you?
Hi Lewis -
As with Mark, I quickly went through the catalogue ...
Its very difficult to accurate asses any piece mostly based on single images and descriptions, and I do not have the knowledge to comment on many of the objects but, as with others, I think the porcelain appears - for the most part - to be alright.
However, if you are thinking of bidding on anything, I would certainly ask for high resolution images from different angles including bases. The additional charges, mentioned by Birgit, must also be taken in to consideration ....
It was the very low estimates in this auction and all the collector stickers, original invoices and photos of previous owners etc that made me think that the items maybe were not genuine, as per their descriptions.
My understanding of Auction Houses standard practise is that the reserve is normally set at 10% less than the low estimate. So an auction lot with an estimate of say $500 to $800 could be sold as low as $450 plus auction fees and tax etc.
Maybe I can get a cheap flight from the UK over to Vienna and check-out these items myself. - Let me know if you guys want me to get you anything 😉
in my opinion all the three items are new. Not worth to fly there to inspect them.
The bowl and the meiping vase are clearly modern, no doubt. The picture of the base tells everything.
The baluster vase could have a slight chance of being 19th century, but very very slight chance. I am convinced that it is a modern replica too.
But it's noteworthy that there is a jade seal suggested to be imperial which was formerly sold at Lempertz. https://www.zacke.at/en/collection/26310/fine-chinese-art-buddhism-and-hinduism-friday-september-27th-2019-1000-am-cet/item/26498/spinach-green-jade-double-dragon-seal-qing When such seal are suspected to be imperial the bids tend to go pretty high like this seal at freeman's that sold for $3,513,000 against a $30,000 - 50,000 estimate. http://auctions.freemansauction.com/asp/fullcatalogue.asp?salelot=1408+++++413A&refno=++810960&image=0
Same seal has also been sold at Freeman's in march, 2019 - unpaid? https://auctions.freemansauction.com/asp/fullcatalogue.asp?salelot=1625%20%20%20%20%20270%20&refno=1018845&image=0&fbclid=IwAR15UEc_t_iZqx2x9ZdoSzJ3BNmpGFcxj_sFde4Mmt7Rl52PCsfV4bcN5r8
Got the results from the auction via liveauctioneers. The jade seal sold for €50,000 - ten times the high estimate. https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/75269405_a-spinach-green-jade-double-dragon-seal-qing
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