Forgery or Not? Response From A Reader

In last week’s “A Gaggle of Interests“, we have compared a bowl offered from the Dallas Auction House with a similar bowl in the Forbidden City Museum. The article was also posted on LinkedIn group and one of the readers Fay replied with her opinion, which we would like to share with other readers.

As much as I know, the references tell that THE bowl is stored in Forbidden City Museum, so I’m also confused about the amount of bowls in that period. Though I don’t believe there was only one bowl like this made in that time or only kept in China, the bowl held in the Dallas Auction House is really different from the next one. You could find out the form of the characters are sort of different. The first one was written in Zhuan Shu, and the latter one is like Jin Wen, and the color of the characters are also look different.

Of course, even these cannot tell which one is real and which one is fake. We may assume these two different bowls were manufactured in different batches. But according to my own experience and feelings, I consider the second one is real. Anyway, the stuff in Forbidden City Museum cannot be more authentic than other places, I have such feelings only accoring to the pictures.

About Hui

Wang Hui lived from 1632 - 1717 and followed in the footprints of his great grandfathers, grandfather, father and uncles and learned painting at a very early age. He was later taught by two contemporary masters, Zhang Ke and Wang Shimin, who taught him to work in the tradition of copying famous Chinese paintings. This is most likely the reason why critics claim that his work is conservative and reflects the Yuan and Song traditions. One critic claimed that "his landscape paintings reflect his nostalgic attachment to classical Chinese aesthetics. Along with the other Wangs, Wang Hui helped to perpetuate the tradition of copying the ancient masters rather than creating original work.

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