Where Yesterday Meets Tomorrow
For years fake transfer decorated pottery marked "Hand painted NIPPON" has been circulating with marks that closely resembled authentic nippon marks. The fake marks, however, were not totally identical to the authentic marks and it was possible to protect yourself by knowing the fake and authentic marks. Now, however, pieces have appeared with marks identical to the authentic ones. The fake pieces are not hand painted - they are decorated from transfer decals. The best way to recognize transfer designs as opposed to hand painted designs is to examine the decoration with a loupe. Transfers will show a series of neatly arranged dots (like a window screen.) Hand painted pieces will show uniform application of the color and may show brush strokes. Be wary of a variation - transfer patterns with a few hand painted accents. The item will be labeled hand painted but it's a mass produced piece worth far less than a fully hand painted item.
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