These antique gaiwans were purchased from an antiques dealer who was referred to me by a trusted tea associate who has been in business for a very long time, and whom I hold in high regard. As such, I trusted (and continue to trust) that the antique gaiwans I purchased are authentically what the dealer said they are. More importantly, before launching the gaiwans for sale on my site, I spent a couple of months researching the pieces and seeking the advice of collectors and experts in different parts of the world. In posting information on my site, I offered what I believed was the best reference to the date of origin, quality, and condition of the gaiwans, based on the word of the merchant and the opinions shared with me by other collectors.
Could I have been fooled? Yes, of course. Almost anyone can be, including experts and longtime collectors. In 2004, an entire exhibition entitled "Fakes, Copies, and Question Marks: Forensic Investigations of Asian Art" was held at San Francisco's Asian Art Museum, revealing how museum curators had been duped or puzzled by "works of art that were once thought to be authentic, but through subsequent analysis, have been found to be forgeries."
Notwithstanding, Bon Teavant offers a 30-day return policy, giving buyers a fair opportunity to check with their own trusted sources and colleagues to decide whether what they have purchased is "real" or worth the price they have paid for it. If they are not 100% satisfied, they can return the gaiwan(s) for a full refund. As a gesture of goodwill, I am offering here on this forum that anyone who reads this post and has bought one of these gaiwans may come to me at any time if they believe their gaiwans to be inauthentic or that they were "duped" in any way. I promise to make it right.
Thank you to the person/people in this forum who did not attack my integrity and who gave me the benefit of the doubt. I will always do my best to be worthy of your trust.
Extra Note: I also made the effort to test the pieces for lead (they are lead-free).