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Gary wrote:There's really too many fakes in China of these. I don't do much with this category of artwork. In fact, I only deal in reproductions if a customer makes a specific request, or if I see something that I really personally like.
I've had dealers, peasants, and others swear up and down that a painting was hundreds of years old and authentic. I simply get out my magnifying glass, and show them evidence that it is printed (sometimes there is an obvious half-tone pattern).
Also, take it from someone who has been detained in China and accused of attempting to export artwork of historical significance... The customs issues, antique tax, and export tax that can be levied makes the whole prospect very expensive and troublesome.
FYI: I was detained in 2002 for a painting that was only a couple years old. I had no paperwork because I had purchased it directly from the artist for cash. They claimed it was an antique and had historical significance. I showed them that he artist had dated it, and it was painted in 2000. They claimed (since there is a 60-year cycle in the artwork dating scheme) that it was 122 years old (they counted two 60-year cycles plus 2 years). I learned from that experience to have my paperwork in order (even if I was the one who created the paperwork myself - it's weird how paperwork of any kind legitimizes anything in China).
Thanks for the comments and offer though.
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