There is a Fanjiajing in Jingdezhen. It is a distribution center that specializes in selling antique porcelain. Most of them are low-imitation porcelain shops. There are also counterfeit sea-fished porcelain covered with nuts and shellfish. There are flatbed trucks everywhere in the streets to help transport freshly made wares. Business is booming with the low imitation porcelain I bought. The seller’s shop is also busy doing the old on-site. The buyers are mainly “understanding people” from various antique markets. Special personnel will help deliver them to the logistics and express them. Buy them back and set up stalls in various antique markets.
A few years ago, someone in a certain media was shocked to expose Jingdezhen’s large-scale public fraud. I don’t know how much attention such reports can attract, but the business in Jingdezhen is still booming. As those of us who have learned solid dialectical methodology since we were young, I think we should disagree from a dialectical perspective.
Until today, don’t we also wear big coats and cheongsams? Isn’t it also wired to install the top ten classics and furniture imitating the Ming and Qing Dynasties?
“Antique” should not be a forbidden place for art, it is not shameful. Speaking of “antique” is actually ashamed. Look at today’s piano, chess, calligraphy, tea, wine, poetry and dance, which is the first of our modern people? Aren’t they all from antiques? We are often condescending to comment that “the ancients are actually very smart, the ancients are very wise, and the ancients are also very particular…”, I am worried that our ancestors will crawl out and beat up our uninformed descendants.
Antique is not wrong, it is the challenge of today’s master craftsmen to ancient skills, the inheritance of ancient culture, and the enjoyment of the cultural heritage left to us by our ancestors.
Wrong is wrong. Some people in the sales link dishonestly profit from the price of counterfeit antiques; some people want to buy the highest value at a low price, dreaming of obtaining wealth unrealistically. Not only ceramics, but also traditional and valuable material culture. There is no fraud without greed . Greedy buyers and greedy sellers have joined forces to build such a distorted buying and selling market, giving birth to the “too deep” porcelain market.
In fact, simply speaking of the antique porcelain market, the price can be judged according to the level of imitation, and buyers can do what they can. The cheap ones can still be practical and happy without losing face. N years ago, when I was traveling in Jingdezhen, I went to an unknown stall in Fanjiajing and bought seven small plates with a blue glaze on the outside and the seven sages of the blue and white bamboo forest. A good thing
If you pay attention to practical and exquisite life, you can buy derivatives of fine craftsmanship and high imitation, such as tea sets and tableware inherited from ancient classic craftsmanship, and use them with confidence and intoxication;
If you want to set up in the hall to show the “no porcelain and indecent” family temperament, you can buy high-imitation furnishings, which will be a good collection a hundred years later.
Leaving Fanjiajing, there are still many high-quality antique porcelain workshops of different levels in Jingdezhen; the local masters call the firing of several top-level high-quality antique porcelain workshops “re-engravings”. Each process strives to restore the ancient times, and is no longer defined by “imitation”. Ancient porcelain, that should be called “works”, many of which are customized from famous museums, so beautiful!
In the millennium feudal history of the Chinese nation, the industrialization process, refined division of labor, and specialized operation of Jingdezhen porcelain… this wave of mature capitalist mass production characteristics can be described as miraculous existence. There is no ambiguity about today’s high imitation porcelain and re-engraved porcelain.
It is only in the two links of marketing and sales that we should carefully choose honest merchants and be wary of our greed. I still think the phrase “you get what you pay for” is more reliable than the saying “good quality and low price”. Then there is the accumulation of knowledge. Whether it is an aunt buying vegetables or choosing to collect porcelain, you must first have the accumulation of common sense and knowledge, otherwise you will buy “blind dishes” and “blind jobs.”