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Fake? Tiny "Qianlong Nian Zhi" vase w/ dragon motif
by Jeremiah Thompson
(Seattle, Washington, USA)
My sister found this small vase at a thrift store. It purports to be Qianlong Nian Zhi in Kaishu script and though I'm pretty sure it is a fake, I would like a second opinion. My concerns are: 1) with the lightness of the shade of blue, 2) If dragon motif is appropriate for a piece supposedly of the period, 3) the glaze has quite a few air bubbles and what appear to be rust spots, which could be faked signs of age. Also wondering about the reddish hew at the top?