Feb 9, 2009

NY Appraisers Association of America lecture on Copies and Forgeries in Chinese and Japanese Art

New York, NY, October 6, 2008, 6PM
Chinese and Japanese Arts: Antique or Not, Authentic or Fake?
Lecture sponsored by the Appraisers Association of America at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York City (20th Street between Irving Place and Park Avenue South). Lecture from 6:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. Receptions follow lectures from 7:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. Jacket and tie required. For reservations call 212.889.5404 ext. 11. AAA/ISA/ASA Members free; General Admission $15

Lecture description: The production of copies is part of the tradition of East Asian visual culture. Not all copies are fakes and many have monetary value, sometimes more than the original. Understanding the different contexts in which copies were produced helps understand how to evaluate them. This presentation introduces the wide variety of Chinese and Japanese arts that are commonly copied, showing how some are copied for legitimate reasons, and others for deception. I draw on my experience as both a scholar and appraiser of Asian art, using examples of objects I have seen and studied over the years. Discussion will focus on some of the most popular types of Chinese and Japanese arts collected in the USA since the late 19th century, including secular paintings, Buddhist painting and sculpture, Japanese prints, ceramics, cloisonné, Peking glass, jade, and netsuke, and show comparisons of real and fake examples. Currently, the issue of forgeries is particularly pertinent and vexing because these have increased substantially and become more difficult to discern in recent years, due to technological advances.