Subject:Re: Comparison of two 乾隆 seal marks. Looks like a perfect match.
Posted By: Corey Sun, Aug 27, 2017
Two days after posting, and still no replies as usual, even though this is as interesting and promising as it can possibly be. Apparently Wang Mingze is a member of the Chinese Folk Cultural Relics Protection Committee, which should lean some credibility to the pieces on his site (it's always difficult to sort out which informations you get from the Chinese sites that are reliable), plus the fact that we are talking about a vase with a potential to sell for $5 million at Christie's and Sotheby's in Hong Kong, the damage taking into consideration.
Peter Combs talks about recent auction of fakes on Altair in his two latest videos:
But it seems to me that he is confusing things regarding the sale of the Qianlong famille rose vase, that was bid up to $1,7M. It was technically not a fake, but a republic period copy. An article about that story:
It happens relatively often with chinese antiques, that they have been wrongfully dated and thus underestimated by the actioneer. Take for example lot #3607 sold at Sotheby's april 07 2015:
That one was bought in another auction house where it was dated to the 20th. century and estimated to sell for only a few thousands.
I wanted to add the link to that particular auction here, but for some strange reason can't find the link in my pile of bookmarks and notes. But there was another sale of a vase that closely resembles the one at Sotheby's both in shape and colors, that was also dated to the 20th century and estimated to £2,000-3,000 but sold for £320,000:
And another one of the 'yangcai' vases sold at Sotheby's that also shares a really interesting detail with the vase in focus is lot #15 from the Meiyintang collction part V:
The way a square has been cut into the turquoise glaze, leaving frayed edges around the seal mark. This is very unusual, and I have oonly seen this a few times before, and therefore it is possibly also a good indication of authenticity. The seal mark itself also shares other characteristica with the mark depicted in my previous post just above, that possibly also lean credibility to its authenticity.