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PUBLISHED : Monday, 04 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 04 June, 2012, 12:00am


The best sites for investing in Chinese antiques

Chinese cloisonne is an ancient technique by which enamel, ceramics and glass are applied to metal objects. Most of the highest prices in Chinese antiques occur in the cloisonne class. Given their value and the many counterfeits, sorting out and dating every work is a difficult process requiring multiple sources. A 'Quick Check' section allows investors to roughly identify the three most common cloisonne types: boxes, jars and vases. An extensive catalogue divided into historical periods provides historical reference to evolution of the design and value.

Mainland investors are bidding up antique Chinese porcelain. The free site offers discussion boards and instructional sections. For example, there are tutorials on how Chinese porcelain is authenticated, and how to identify pieces that are mispriced. The site also guides new collectors.

This blog is an extension of a site that sells reproductions of Chinese antiques and furniture. Recognising that buyers may also want genuine pieces, this site offers investors a peek into the world of Chinese antiques. Slide shows tell collectors how to distinguish between real antiques and reproductions. The process helps collectors understand the quality of the genuine article. It also gives good tutorials on the history of each antique.