Thursday, March 21, 2013 7:28:07 PM
@SarahofBorg: Ummmm, you do know that many of the ceramic techniques still being used today were *invented* by the Chinese 1,000 years ago, the time when this bowl was made? And that many of the ceramics made by the Chinese then, such as this bowl, were unmatched in technique and artistry for a thousand years?
How about *you* execute something better than anyone can equal for a thousand years before you so quickly dismiss the artistry behind this bowl?
Thursday, March 21, 2013 6:21:35 PM
Rare, yes. Impressive that it's lasted this long in perfect shape, yes. Impressive craftsmanship? No. A very skilled artist could probably make a brand new one just like it and I can`t imagine it would be worth more than a few hundred. I don`t know how they can even tell. Also, I`d be really damn pissed if I sold that for $3 and found out what it really was later.
Thursday, March 21, 2013 5:43:40 PM
You guys are funny. Yes, SethDog, I was thinking the same thought: Not so much *hoping* as *fearing* that the interviewer would drop the mic on the bowl and break it.
Seriously, think of what a miracle it is that such a petite, delicate bowl as that would survive a thousand years. Somehow surviving all the Chinese wars; somehow making it intact out of China; surviving countless other wars; somehow making it intact through the garage sale. Seriously, the mind boggles. My gosh, how much history that bowl has seen and how many important hands it's passed through, starting with its origins in the Chinese Emperor`s court. (Chinese porcelain like this, from this period, was all being commissioned by the nobility, according to what I was reading online.)
Thursday, March 21, 2013 2:58:39 PM
No one ever tells the story from the other perspective. "After doing spring cleaning, woman holds yard sale and sells ancient Chinese bowl (valued at $2.2 million) for 3 dollars."