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Experts say 'fake' porcelains at exhibit are actually real

By  Jin Haixing, Zhang Zixuan  (China Daily)

08:53, August 21, 2012

An exhibition comparing genuine and fake Chinese porcelains has become the subject of controversy after some experts said that most of the purportedly fake items - previously smashed on a TV show - were in fact genuine.

Organizers of the Beijing exhibit dismissed the accusations, stating that a battery of experts had already carefully examined the items.

The exhibition was organized by the Capital Museum and by World Collection (Tianxia Shoucang), a Beijing TV program that evaluates ancient porcelains. The Capital Museum exhibit has more than 40 genuine ancient porcelains and more than 30 repaired fake ones, a museum spokesperson said on Monday.

World Collection, launched in 2007, shows ancient porcelains, and the collectors who bring them in must agree to let the host use a hammer to smash the porcelains that the three judges say are fake. The fakes in the exhibit were later repaired.

One exhibit skeptic is Yao Zheng, director of the jade-collection committee of the China Association of Collectors. Yao said on Monday that he believes most of the fake ones are indeed genuine.

Since the exhibition opened in May, he has arranged five to six batches of experts and collectors to the exhibition, who agreed 90 percent of the so-called fakes ones are genuine and 30 percent of them could reach the standards of key cultural relics under the State protection.

Yao said that the allegedly fake porcelains look very exquisite, and the production shows professional techniques.

The jade-collection committee of China Association of Collectors arranged a meeting on Monday to discuss the case and some experts said that actually the fake porcelains looks more exquisite than those genuine ones provided by the museum.

However, Han Yong, the program's producer, rejects claims that the articles smashed in the program were genuine.

Although TV viewers see only three judges at one time, the program has a large team of experts, Han said. Each porcelain item is judged by at least three to five experts before it is ever shown on TV. A one-vote veto system is also in place to avoid mistakes, Han said on Monday.

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