Too Good To Be True?

To post 14 September 2012

Part & Parcel of Collecting…

Very likely a modern reproduction of the Parrot-Shaped Jade Pendant from the Late Shang Dynasty (17th Century BC – 1046 BC) unearthed from the Fuhao Tomb in Anyang City, Henan Province.

Partially covered by some white substance (fake chicken bone white) on the surface while revealing underlying material looks really old, but one should be wary. An item supposedly buried underground for thousands of years should not be so pristine with no genuine burial marks at all. Besides edges that look too good to be true, straight line carvings appear too stiff as though they were carved by modern machines rather than primitive tools.

Some may argue that one has washed away the soil or whatever the piece was coated when first excavated – extremely dumb thing to do in my opinion. Still, we should see several, sometimes quite severe, scratches/dents or corrosion marks in a natural way, which I admit can be subjective. Be extremely skeptical when a shop tries to sell you a piece covered entirely with what seems like soil corrosion or whatever it is!

In addition, the material does not look correct based on excavated pieces unearthed from that period, which can be found in museums. However, several museums and renowned collections do procure from dealers and auctions every now and then. Therefore, we should never take things for granted and be cautious on using their pieces as reference.

NOTE: Pieces reviewed on “Too Good To Be True?” does not represent our collection of jade pieces, and kept only to remind and educate both ourselves and others on collecting Chinese Jade. A meeting can be arranged to view our Chinese Jade Collection, please feel free to drop a comment with your contact details.

-=They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To=-


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