Have Some Tea wrote:
That's right my family is from The Netherlands.
Does anyone on this forum know if an expert on Chinese ceramics is active here?
You are very lucky to inherit such old pieces from your relative.
Historically, many porcelain and Yixing pots went into Netherlands.
But few years ago and they still do now, some vendors from Netherlands are selling a lot of fake and reproduction yixing pots and ceramics especially Kangxi and Batavia ceramics.
This is according to my expert friend and also many of my friends who have bought from Netherlands online. The whole community of collectors are laughing at those who bought and when they show off their "treasures" and then found out that they got cheated with new reproductions. This group is raising awareness of such malpractice now.
But I must add that the reproductions are quite well done because they probably have some real piece to copy from, but some details still don't tally and can be spotted by expert. I have personally seen some of these reproductions from collectors.
There is a lot of fakes out there and those who are lucky like you who inherited them is really great especially when you learned how to appreciate it. Apart for good inheritance like yours, I sincerely urge the rest of the Teachatters to be very careful when procuring any old pieces, Yixing or even worst, porcelain which can be fake very easily.