At $8 Million, Ancient Chinese Jade Bear Falls Short of Estimate

An exceedingly rare, ancient Chinese Eastern Han Dynasty solid nephrite jade bear, made between 475 B.C.-220 A.D. and exhibiting extensive calcification due to centuries of extended burial, sold for a little more than $8 million at a multi-estate auction held Dec. 10 by ¬†Florida's Elite Decorative Arts. The nephrite (greenstone) bear was by far the … Continue reading At $8 Million, Ancient Chinese Jade Bear Falls Short of Estimate

Letters from China: One, Who is going to appraise the appraiser?

Just as average Chinese collectors fight hard to JIAN LOU (or find treasures in bargain price) in an antiques market diluted with forgery, they may also find that the expert opinions are getting worse. In Beijing alone, there are more than one hundred appraisal centers, not to mention the whole country. What are their qualifications? … Continue reading Letters from China: One, Who is going to appraise the appraiser?