Can you give me your opinion of this porcelain vase?

by Mark T
(Seattle)

Hi there!

I purchased this from an estate auction in California a while ago and was wondering what your thoughts on it are. I probably overpaid ($800) but i love the look and it reminded me of Bruce Lee who is one of my favorites. Apologies in advance but I probably should have taken pictures with different lighting as this light is too bright...

Mark

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by: Sal Kahil

Dear Mark,
I am not in anyway an expert but I have been collection for over 35 years from Chinese vase to Chinese snuff bottles.
I live in Chinatown, Vancouver, BC.
I am afraid to tell you that I agree 100% with Peter.
it is very new and recently done. 3rd quarter of 20th century.

Best regards,

Sal kahil


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Re: resubmitted photo of porcelain vase

by Mark T
(Seattle)

Hi there!

Here are resubmitted photos of the vase. The previous ones were thumbnails by accident...

Mark T

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Re: Bruce Lee Dragon Vase
by: Mark T

Thanks for the insight Peter!

For more info, to date, I have brought this to a well respected local gallery owner/expert in Chinese antiquities (40 years) and in addition have paid for an independent appraisal from another Phd fella in the area. The gallery proprietor had it in his shop for over a month and between him and his peers felt that it was authentic. He called the big auction houses to take a look because he felt it was of the period but had not had enough experience with "high end" imperial porcelain to make a final firm determination. The other independent Phd gent said he is 80% sure it is of the period but will have a final determination sometime in the next few weeks. I wanted your independent take on this sight unseen and background info unknown because the gallery expert even noted that the green coloration was very unusual but not unheard of. I hope to get back a final verdict soon and will keep you all posted.

Thanks and Happy Holidays!

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by: peter

Hi,
I'm afraid this could be a 20th century fake. When exactly this was made is difficult to tell, but copies of this type are usually relatively recent, according to my experience.

There is an imperial Qianlong mark, but the dragon scales are painted in a manner that was common from the late Qing dynasty. In addition, the hue of the green color was hardly used before the late Qing dynasty/early republic. But the imperial mark would hardly have been added at that time. My personal opinion.

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