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Trying to identify the age/authenticity of a vase

by Kevin
( Orange County, California)

We received this vase as part of a payment owed to the family. The person giving it to us claimed it to be an "extremely valuable 15th century Ming vase". However, our research has caused us to doubt these claims. There are supposedly papers of authenticity, but I have yet to see them. Think you could help us out?

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Jul 25, 2010
by: peter

I think many beginning collectors will own a jar like this.
I don't know if you can read these Chinese characters ("喜字罐"), but try pasting the part between the quotation marks into a Google search window and do an Image search. You should see lots of such jars.

Anyway, this type of decoration/pattern is mostly attributed to the 19th and early 20th century, that is, it is a pattern which started to be used widely in the Jiaqing period (1796-1820), and was made at least until the early Republic. The Ming mark is spurious. Most of these jars don't have any mark.
(There are also modern fakes, but the one in the pictures looks as if it could be antique.)

Here, in our place the price will not go up anytime soon as these jars are still fairly common.

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