OF COLLECTING ASIAN CERAMICS:
in North America,
United States and Canada are relatively young countries in the
great scheme of things.
Neither has a significant history of trade with Asia such as existed
between Europe and China. Most of the Chinese (and
other Asian) Ceramics available in North America was originally
transported by individual collectors and dealers rather than
through large scale trade networks existing over
centuries. Therefore, the overall quantity and quality is
said to be less than existing in Asia and Europe.
said, there is certainly enthusiasm for Chinese and other
Asian Ceramic Art. Prominent collectors
like the Rockefellers had great interest to part with their money
to acquire them. John D. Rockefeller Jr. is quoted in a letter to his
father as saying, "A fondness for these Porcelains is my only
hobby...and I have become very fond of them...The money put into
these Porcelains is not lost or squandered."
purpose of the letter was to ask dad for $1M to buy
pieces. The equivalent in today's dollars is about
result of such enthusiastic collectors,
there are artefacts available and a lively -- although small --
market exists. However, as the Americans and Canadians were
late to come to the market, they have not had time to develop
depth of knowledge that exists in Asia and Europe.
well, the rambunctious nature of US-style capitalism seems to attract
certain individuals who, in their enthusiasm to provide
customers with what they want, don't spend required effort on
aggravations like authentication. Many buyers are
against such renegades since collector associations
are not as developed as they are in Asia and Europe.
People are less able to trade gossip about what the
scallywags are up to. Gladly, the online revolution might
rectify this somewhat over time.
The most important styles of
available in the US and Canada are Blue and White Porcelain (high-fired white
Ceramics with cobalt
blue decoration under a transparent glaze) and especially multi-coloured
Porcelain of the Qing dynasty era. Styles of earlier periods
such as Sung dynasty are not commonly available in
The deficiencies described above are compounded by the fact
that prices asked by reputable dealers and auction houses are
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