Detecting Fakes

In this section I would like to give some tips of how to detect real and fake antiques, of course its take time and experience to learn how to distinguish between them, and you will have to examine many pieces, Fake and Real.

Keep in mind that the people who make the forgery, are aware of how to make an item appear old, and some are very good at it, so always be cautious!

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Few things you will need to know first about your item are:

1. Which period this item from?

Look at the design of the porcelain, the painting, the color and the bottom. (Some techniques and technologies were only available during later centuries.)

2. Age signs.

* Rust spots – During hundreds of years iron moves to the surface of the porcelain and becomes oxidized, it looks as black or brownish spots.

* Glaze deterioration – if an antique piece was buried in the soil or at sea for a long period of time, it might have glaze deterioration, or no glaze left at all.

* Glaze contractions – it is common to see glaze contractions, the cause could be from flecks or oily materials which have prevented from the glaze to cover the porcelain at some points.

* Kiln Firing Fault – before Qing dynasty, most of the items that were out of the kiln had Kiln firing faults, which appears as imperfections.

About 70% of the porcelain pieces during the Yuan / Ming dynasties had those imperfections, only about 30% were coming Perfect from the kiln, during the Qing dynasty the technology has improved and most of the porcelain wares were without kiln firing fault.

* Signs of wear – although not all of the items has been used, but mostly has, look for use signs.