Subject:Re: 2 old? matching chinese vases with blue rings to the base.
Posted By: JLim Tue, Oct 31, 2017
For God's sake wait a moment :-) I am not so sure....this does not look like Kangxi famille verte to me. Please wait for more commenters before buying it.
Miano correctly says that these objects are in the *style* of Kangxi Famille Verte and that the exposed biscuit at the foot will be useful in determining their actual age. Miano did *not* specifically say that this was confirmed.
To me, the paintwork on these vases is rather blundering and lumpy for Kangxi. Look for example at the way the veins on the leaves have been sort of dashed on. The feet of the vases look quite coarse as well, and possibly have had dirt artificially applied.
However, there is convincing looking iridescence on some of the green enamels. Can you see the rainbow effect? Even in Hobson's time (1917) iridescence was being faked, and I have myself seen recent fakes with iridescence, but this example looks OK to me.
Iridescence of this sort develops over time, and is generally a sign of age. I would classify these vases as potentially Kangxi Revival pieces of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
It is true that dirt artificially added to a base is often a sign of a modern fake; but it would not be the first time that I have seen modern dirt applied to a genuinely antique object. Some traders truly are fools, and do not realise that their objects are actually old!
Now, I am no expert on Kangxi famille verte, and definitely these objects could be brand new - or maybe genuinely Kangxi?? - I would welcome input from anyone else who is watching.