How to Identify Ming Dynasty Antiques

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The Ming Dynasty lasted from 1368 to 1644 in China and is famous for its sought-after antiques. During the Ming Dynasty, artists were encouraged to return to a more realistic style. This is reflected not only in Ming porcelain, the most recognizable kind of Ming treasure, but in all Ming antiques. If you have obtained an antique that you think might come from the Ming Dynasty, there are several ways to confirm the authenticity of the piece.

  • Long-wave black light

1 Educate yourself about the Ming Dynasty

Educate yourself about the Ming Dynasty. Learning about history, religion and culture will help teach you about themes that are reflected in Ming dynasty antiques.

2 Compare the antique to pictures of similar antiques

Compare the antique to pictures of similar antiques you find online. Look at antiques on websites on such as Asian Antiques.

3 To check

Access websites such as Collecting Antique Chinese Porcelain to check for common traits in Ming Dynasty antiques. For example, the seal on the bottom of vases should be handwritten, not printed, on Ming vases.

4 Use a black light

Use a black light to check the authenticity of antiques. For example, fine lines, which indicate repairs, may only show up under black light. Similarly, paintings and paper products should not turn fluorescent. or they were likely made recently. Do not use a short wave black light, as it may damage your eyes or skin.

5 Visit a professional art appraiser

Visit a professional art appraiser or antique dealer. They are trained to authenticate and appraise antiques. This is the most reliable way to identify Ming Dynasty antiques.

  • If you're serious about making a career out of identifying antiques, you may wish to take a university course in East Asian Studies.

James Stuart began his professional writing career in 2010. He traveled through Asia, Europe, and North America, and has recently returned from Japan, where he worked as a freelance editor for several English language publications. He looks forward to using his travel experience in his writing. Stuart holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and philosophy from the University of Toronto.