I'll put all those things together to place it to a particular culture, manufacturer, and a time in history.From that, I'm able to come up with whether an item is what it's supposed to be and how much it's worth." Here's how you can learn to do the same.If you find a spherical teapot that a seller claims has been made in, say, the late 16th century, be suspicious.Differentiate the Design The designs painted on a piece—whether it's decorated with mythological scenes, or animals, landscapes, or abstract designs—can also tell you about the where and when of a particular porcelain piece."If a chip shows a grainy surface that is not fused together then it probably is not porcelain and did not come from Asia," Lark says.Read the Blues for Clues The exact color blue on the porcelain is another important clue about where it came from and when it was made. The kind and quantity of impurities in cobalt varies from mine to mine and produces different shades of blue when fired.February 16, 2017: Ming Lee Simmons is not a little girl anymore . Ming posted these pics on her Instagram: Ming Lee, Russell’s eldest daughter with Kimora, just turned 17 last month.
"I look across a room and if I see a shape that's the wrong shape for what it's purported to be, I'll get closer and look at the design, and then flip it over and look at the clay.
Shape It Up Lark says that one of the easiest ways to begin evaluating blue-and-white porcelain is to evaluate an object's shape, which pins a piece to a particular place.
"In the late 19th century in Holland, it was very popular to have large, under-glazed blue scenic decorated dishes," Lark explains, noting that these dishes could run 25 inches wide.
Get a Feel Examining the type of porcelain the piece is made from will reveal even more about its origins.
For example, the craft of porcelain making was unknown in Europe until the early 18th century, so porcelain purported to be made on that continent before that time simply is not, Lark notes.