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"A Closer Look at Antique Ceramics” - Event Overview

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Aug 6, 2016

To become an expert collector, not only does one need to be knowledgeable about backgrounds and the characteristics of each historical period, one must be able to also incorporate these knowledge into the actual practice, and remain rational at all times.

Some say that those who collect antiques are in deep water. However, the situation is not as steep as most people imagine; it is rather murky. Nevertheless, there is an old saying in China, that “no fish can survive is the water is too clean; for the same reason, no company can bear one whose requirements are too critical.”

Recently, a collection of tombs from the Ming dynasty was discovered near Line 7 in Chengdu. There were 9 tombs in total. Found within were “Fighter Roosters Bowls” and “Hongwu Period Red Underglaze Porcelain”, which value over millions. It was only after China’s reform that these antiques were exposed to the public. However, if we retracted a century of age, it was obvious that many pieces have already been released into the public without our knowledge. What we see today is only the tip of the iceberg.

When Shudi LI donated true antiques to the Zhejiang Normal University Porcelain Museum after the scandalous "fakes" were exhibited, many professionals, including Xiaojun QIU and Yiwu HUA have expressed that numerous valuable antiques have been obtained by the public. Not to mention when Jiduan QIU donated over 6000 pieces to the influential Beijing Normal University. It is unimaginable how many more pieces have been obtained without the world's knowledge.

What distinguishes collectors from spectators is that collectors focus on the historical and artistic value of the item while spectators pay attention to the monetary price. Collectors are often more knowledgeable and experienced, as antique collection is not only a monetary investment, it also helps preserve history.

What's more, the choice of collection often reflects the collector’s state of mind as well as characteristics. For instance, influential businessman Jianlin WANG has a collection of contemporary artworks, and actress Xiaoqing LIN is especially fascinated by jade. The collectors of porcelain are often seen as elegant persons, as porcelain pieces are often calligraphed with poetry, and painted with various landscapes, figures, and many more, all bearing a rich history and culture.

China is a world-renowned exporter of the most elaborate porcelain items.

The Porcelain Collections & Exchange Seminar on July 30, in Shanghai, presented various antique evaluation techniques, as well as recent governmental policies in regard to antique collection, which attendees have found to be extremely useful. In addition, industry news were exchanged among members. For instance, real estate developers are willing exchange property with collector’s private collections; the various dynamics of the current market; etc. OGP consultants, evaluators, appraisers, and renowned collectors also responded to any relevant questions with appropriate suggestions.

To become an expert collector, not only does one need to be knowledgeable about backgrounds and the characteristics of each historical period, one must be able to also incorporate these knowledge into the actual practice, and remain rational at all times. This is the only way to distinguish among true, fake, and reproduced antiques.

We would like to thank the honourary guests and members who were able to join us for this Seminar.

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