It’s often mentioned that there are many forgeries of famous Japanese potters’ work, in fact, I’ve heard some claim that there are more fake than real. The truth is, I think, that these claims are sometimes exaggerated. While I often see forgeries, I see far less than some would lead you to believe, and most often, they are glaringly obvious.
The main culprits of this diabolical BS are auctions service sites like Jauce and Buyee. These sites used to provide access to a great site, but ever since their inception, the site has become over run with garbage, rip offs, broken merchandise, and fakes. DO NOT BUY there without checking with a reputable dealer or appraiser on what you’re buying.
I saw a couple today and thought they were worth a share.
Now, on to the fake pots!
And the base. Once again. The signature looks good.
Now….take a look at the two bases together:
Pretty obvious, don’t you think? I think it likely that these pots are Chinese in origin, and were unsigned. There is no overlap of clay in the nail carved signatures, which look to be a consistent and uniform depth: machine router. Super easy to load an image of the signature into a machine router and cut into an already existing pot that resembles the artists in style(and may even have a significant patina!).
Another from the same seller, this one an Ino Shukuho. Clay is all wrong, glaze looks wrong, and oval Shukuho are rare. Another fake. Unlike the first two, I don’t think this could have been made with a machine router. Those look to be pre fire stamps.
Quite a little factory this seller has going!
So, in short, Buyer Beware! While forgeries exist and are out there, they’re not as common as all that, and an educated buyer can almost always spot them easily. Know your potters! It’s especially important to know the style and clay types used by the potter you’re looking to buy, and NOT rely on the signature or stamp: that’s the easiest part to fake!!!
Thanks for reading, be careful out there.