Far Flung Flog It! 2 Flog It: Trade Secrets


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The team explain the mysteries of how to tell a collectable Chinese object from a fake, including advice about when to attack your Chinese fan with a hot pin.


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Over the years on Flog It!, you've brought us thousands of fascinating

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and valuable antiques from all across the world.

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From Oriental ceramics to German woodcraft and Aboriginal art.

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There isn't much that hasn't crossed our valuation tables

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and I think it's fair to say, we've got the inside track

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on a whole world of fine art and antiques

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and we'd love to share it with you.

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On today's show we'll be exploring the mysteries of the Orient,

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and all the exotic and fascinating objects it has to offer,

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as we take a whistle-stop tour to the Far East.

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Coming up...

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Our experts reveal what to look for in treasures from the East...

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I don't think I've seen a fan in such wonderful condition.

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It could only be the best quality.

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..and tell you when it's fine to let your heart rule your head.

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That's what antiques can do to us. They fire our imagination.

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Over many centuries, Europeans developed

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a voracious appetite for Chinese antiques,

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and Chinese collectors have recently been busy

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buying back items that found their way to these shores.

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It's a complicated subject, and it's often difficult to predict

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the market for such objects.

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Even though our experts find them hard to value,

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it doesn't stop them from giving it a go.

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So here are their tips on how you can understand

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the mysteries of the East.

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Terry and Jackie, you have brought along

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a fan and I don't think I've seen

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a fan in such wonderful condition.

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'Quality speaks for itself. You really only'

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have to look at an Oriental item of quality

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and you can almost see it from three, four yards away.

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Just the detail on the figures,

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the flowers, all the decoration

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and the little latticework

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is just so intricate.

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It could only be the best quality.

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This is Cantonese, 1890, 1900,

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and this is the sort of thing that frankly, in terms of value,

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has gone through the roof in the last five years or so.

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And what I particularly like about it is the way that you look

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from strand to strand, it tells a story all the way through.

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If you follow one figure, for example,

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you take a figure here,

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half of his body's on that panel,

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half of his body's on that panel,

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and same with the trees.

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Tells a story all the way through.

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It is quite remarkable quality.

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I'm sure it's ivory.

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I needed to just check that it wasn't plastic.

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That may seem silly, but, you know,

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plastic dates from a lot earlier than a lot of people think.

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But this is undoubtedly ivory.

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'The simple way to check if it's not plastic,'

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heat up a pin and stick it in.

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If it's plastic, it'll melt a hole in it, but it won't matter,

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because if it's plastic, it wouldn't be valuable.

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If it's ivory, it won't go in.

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Ivory's become more and more emotive

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with the butchering of elephants and...

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..we feel pretty happy, legally, to sell items pre-1947.

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Anything that has been, for want of a better word,

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butchered in our lifetime, certainly within my memory,

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'is taboo.'

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What do you think it's worth? A hundred? More.

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-200.

-I think more.

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-Really?

-I really do.

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I think a lot of the Chinese think, "We should be having these things back, now,"

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and they are prepared to pay huge money to have the right things back.

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-I think this could be worth £300 or £400.

-Crikey.

-Crumbs!

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'With the expectation mounting in the room and overseas,

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'was anyone prepared to have a flutter on the fan?'

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We've got an awful lot of Chinese and Eastern artefacts in the sale.

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It's bringing in all the overseas buyers and hopefully they'll pick up on this.

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The Cantonese ivory fan.

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At 190, 200, 220.

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220, 240.

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260. 280. 300. 320.

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-There you are. We're already...

-I know.

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380, 400.

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400, 420, 440,

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460, 480. 500.

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550.

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-600.

-600. At 600, now.

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650, 700, 750.

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-I'm lost for words.

-So am I.

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-850, 900.

-I must brush up on

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my Cantonese valuations.

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At 950. 1,000.

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'It's very important that you'

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look at the sale and think,

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"That's right for my object." But a good auctioneer will do that for you.

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Phone at 1,800.

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£1,800. Anybody else?

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-And 50.

-1,850.

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1,900?

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At 1,850. I sell with the internet.

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At £1,850.

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-Jackie.

-I know. I daren't look.

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THEY LAUGH

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Down here at 1,850.

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-Oh, my goodness me.

-Wow, wow.

-It's wonderful.

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Tears in the eyes.

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Never mind, Charlie, you can be wrong as often as you like!

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I'm going to become a decorator.

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What an amazing price.

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Do make sure you get your antique piece into a specialist auction,

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where the saleroom can help you

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build up a worldwide fan base

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and hopefully get you the best bid.

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But, it's also about timing.

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If there was ever a time to sell something Chinese, it's now.

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A prime example of the buoyancy was the plaque at Preston.

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This is about 1880, 1890 and we see figures and attendants

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in formal gardens with these building structures

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and very stylised trees.

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This is an object just to be looked at

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and enjoyed for its artistic merit,

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rather than anything to be used.

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Would you be happy at £100 to £150.

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-Yeah.

-Would you?

-Yeah.

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I think you'd be very silly to be happy with that.

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I think it's worth a bit more.

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-I reckon 300 to 500 is more to the mark.

-Brilliant, yeah.

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I think you'll do really well.

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Lot 430,

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Chinese carved ivory plaque.

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'The Chinese market'

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is voracious. There is so much money out there.

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£700. Straight in on one of the phones at £700.

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800 online.

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840, 860. I'll come back.

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900, 920,

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940, £1,000.

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The bid's on the phone at 1,000.

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10 years ago, would've been worth £100.

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'Four years ago, maybe 200 or 300.'

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-£2,000.

-Oh, my God!

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'Just kept flying.

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'The bids absolutely shooting in

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'from the online bidding platform that we have.'

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At some points, it was coming in quicker than I could actually take

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the bids and I was having to jump bids

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'to keep up with it.'

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We're not there yet. 24, 25.

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It's fantastic!

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At the time we sold it,

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I put three to five, expecting it to make a thousand.

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£3,000.

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3-1. 3,100.

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We're not there yet.

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The Internet has enabled us

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here to market everything

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all over the world. So it's made a massive difference.

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I can't believe it.

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Very excited people in the far corner here. Congratulations to you.

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It's £3,300 online.

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Direct from Shanghai at £3,300.

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He said coming from Shanghai.

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You're out in the room, the phones are all dead.

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It's £3,300 online.

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Sold.

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£3,300.

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APPLAUSE It's so fantastic!

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Oh, my God!

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Really, that was just sold at the perfect time.

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If that was to come on the market now,

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it would make less than half that.

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It's changed that quickly.

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So, it's all about timings.

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And, if you're not greedy

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and you don't try to hold on too long

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and you time it well, fantastic.

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And that's exactly what happened on the day.

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'Things may have dampened down a bit since we sold that plaque,

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'but buying Chinese can still be a great investment.

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'The trade secret is not to rush out to sell,

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'but hang on until the market looks right.'

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'If you want to invest, there are some Chinese pieces where you

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'cannot go wrong, including a type of ceramic

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'called Famille Rose.'

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Gosh, we are going back now, many, many years, to Andover.

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You've brought a nice collection of Oriental ceramics

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in to show us today.

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Can you give us the history of them?

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Well, they were my mum's and she died about 25 years ago.

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When she died, we were clearing out her loft and we found it in there.

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I love Famille Rose.

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It's so delicate. The colouring.

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Lots of 20th century examples.

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This was really bang in the mid-to-late 19th century.

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We get the Famille Rose from the sort of pinky colours,

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pinky greens and blues in the pattern.

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There was so much! There was some lovely tureen covers and stands.

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'A pair of vases, shaped dessert dishes.'

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They're very typically decorated with these Oriental scenes.

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Little people in different courtyards,

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buildings in the background.

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'Cantonese Famille Rose ware gets its name from the Port of Canton.

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'That's where it was exported to the rest'

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of the world, although it was probably made in one of

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the big ceramic-producing areas in China.

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-Have you ever thought about the value?

-No.

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-This is why you brought them here today?

-Yeah.

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I think it's such a shame. It is just a waste, isn't it?

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I was quite mean, you know, because I could get away with it then.

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I put such a ridiculous estimate on it.

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I suggest we put it in as a little group,

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and if we did put them in with a sale,

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I think we'd be looking at an estimate

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of maybe £200-300 for the group.

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-Oh, right.

-Is that all right?

-Yeah, that's...

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Oh, hindsight is a wonderful thing, Mark!

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So how did the buyers feel about the Famille Rose on the day?

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880, 900...

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..and 20. 950. 1,000.

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-And 50.

-D'you need a seat?

-1,100. And 50.

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1,200. And 50.

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£1,200 on the phone here against all in the room. 1,250 at the back.

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-1,300.

-1,300!

-And 50.

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1,400. And 50. 1,500.

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And 50. 1,500 on the phone. All done at 1,500.

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Against all at £1,500, selling.

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Yes! On the phone, £1,500.

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APPLAUSE

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-That's great.

-I don't believe it!

-That is just great.

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I just don't believe it.

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If you're thinking of collecting Chinese porcelain,

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what I would do is go and look in museums, go and study the porcelain.

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Go to local auctions, see what people are buying.

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Go find out the good Oriental dealers, go and talk to them,

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you know, because they are looking for potential buyers,

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so they're willing to help steer you through that.

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Good advice from Mark, but sometimes,

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it can simply be about an item just drawing you in,

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as Anita knows.

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I love dressing up, and this is the most wonderful kimono.

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Do you dress up in this? Has this got any family...?

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-My husband has worn it at a fancy dress.

-Has he?

-He looked good.

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If we turn it round to the back first of all,

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we can see this wonderful imperial dragon here.

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Look at those eyes, a wee bitty scary.

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And this symbol here denotes a pearl.

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I had the immediate impact of the colours

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and the quality of the embroidery.

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That dragon with the scary eyes!

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What did it mean? That wonderful pearl symbol! What did it mean?

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But it also made me think of, who did it belong to?

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What was their life like? What was their function in life?

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What was life in court like?

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I think that it could have been a military kimono

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and may have been worn by an officer at ceremonial occasions.

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So, that's what antiques can do to us, they fire our imagination.

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Difficult to put a price on it, but if we put it in at 150-200,

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we might have a chance at that.

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When I give an estimate, either in Flog It or in my own auction,

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it is an estimate.

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We don't know exactly how much it's going to get

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until the hammer falls.

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Any advance now at 520 for the kimono?

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-At 520, 550, 580, 600...

-Yes!

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-620, 650...

-Someone really wants it.

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At £700. Any advance now on £700 for the kimono?

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To be sold for £700.

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Yes, the hammer's gone down. £700!

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What a turnaround! Worn for a fancy dress party and sold for £700.

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I always say if you love a collection, keep it.

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But if you've bought to sell, or if you've bought because it was

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something that caught your eye, then this is the time to sell.

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Don't forget, when it comes to the mysterious Oriental market,

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if you go with your heart and enjoying own a piece,

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you might also get lucky enough to earn serious cash.

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What a wide range of exquisite objects.

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If you find a piece you like and you want to start a collection,

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where do you begin?

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Well, this tale of one man's obsession with

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the lure of the Orient may give you some food for thought.

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Collecting is a real bug and once you've got it,

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there is no stopping it. Believe me, it's so addictive.

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But of course, there is one major problem.

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Sooner or later, you're going to run out of space to store it all,

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and it's precisely at this point, back in 1955,

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that antiques dealer and collector Denys Eyre Bower decided to do

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something radical about housing his own personal collections.

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So he borrowed £6,000 from the bank and bought himself a castle.

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And this is it. Chiddingstone Castle.

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'He had antiques from his four areas of interest

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'on display to the public.

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'Buddhism...

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'..Egyptian art...

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'..Stuart and Jacobean artefacts...

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'..and the exquisite Japanese collection.'

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'His acumen for antique collecting being much better

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'than his grasp of property management,

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'and it's true to say his obsession with collecting

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'had a disastrous effect on every other area of his life.'

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Not long after taking over the castle,

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Denys met and fell in love with a beautiful young lady half his age.

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He was so in love with her,

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but one day, when she threatened to call off the romance,

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well, he was so besotted he ran to see her,

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picked up one of his antique guns, took it with him,

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dramatically threatening to kill himself if she called it off.

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Well, don't ask me how, but somehow, accidentally,

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he managed to shoot her.

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'Denys was sentenced to life imprisonment,

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'and spent a number of years in Wormwood Scrubs,

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'before finally being freed in 1962, when he returned

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'to live at Chiddingstone Castle among his collections.

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'I have arranged to meet Julia Hutt,

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'curator of Japanese art at the Victoria and Albert Museum,

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'and also a trustee of Chiddingstone Castle,

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'to look at some of Denys' Japanese collection.'

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There's a wonderful collection of Japanese artefacts here.

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We're surrounded by them.

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This is what I would normally associate

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Japanese lacquer-ware with.

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Things like the sake bowls there with the typical reds,

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-and of course, the little writing box there.

-Yes.

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Lacquer is basically the sap from a tree that grows in east

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and southeast Asia, and by making incisions in the bark,

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the sap oozes out...

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-They can draw it off.

-Yes. It's collected and then it's processed.

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And the vessels themselves, now, let's look at this little box.

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Now that's some discipline to achieve that.

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Yes, really testing of the lacquerer's skills to be able

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to work with these minute pieces and place them individually.

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-This is some of the best work I've ever seen in my life.

-Yes.

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Do you respect Denys as a collector, a connoisseur?

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-Did he have a good eye?

-Absolutely.

-Yeah, I agree with you.

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I think he was an English eccentric

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who happened to be in the right place at the right time.

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He was buying on modest means

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and with a very good eye, he was able to buy some spectacular pieces.

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Well, old Denys may have had a turbulent private life,

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but I tell you what, boy, was he a good collector and dealer!

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He had a fabulous eye for detail.

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He followed his own instincts, he bought items when they weren't

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fashionable so they were affordable, there's a lesson for us all there.

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He bought only quality and items that weren't overly restored.

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And his legacy is here today

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for us all to enjoy at Chiddingstone Castle.

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We've been influenced by Oriental design

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for centuries here in Britain,

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where it makes its way onto all manner of tableware

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and pottery pieces.

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Nowhere is more evident than our own home-grown blue and white China.

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One man who's been bitten by the blue and white collecting bug is our expert, Mark Stacey.

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He wanted to show us the old method of transfer printing

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on ceramics, which achieves that lovely effect.

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So, he's heading off to pottery to get hands on

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to show us how it's done.

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We always think hand-painted pottery is the most valuable

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kind of ceramics, but that's not always the case.

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At the Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent,

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they've been mass manufacturing pottery for 200 years.

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Mark met Jemma Baskeyfield,

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the company historian, to find out more about it.

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Where's this demand coming from? Who's buying it at the moment?

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Our biggest area of growth as far as customers go are in the Far East.

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So, in Japan and in South Korea,

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they really appreciate what is a very British pottery.

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Oh, that's rather odd, isn't it? Because back in the first phase

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of the popularity of blue and white, of course, we were actually copying the Orientals.

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We were producing Chinoiserie designs, weren't we?

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-It's almost come full circle.

-Yes.

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Then over time that developed and by the time our company came along,

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in the Victorian period,

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you got these much more English patterns.

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Very romantic, and this is now appreciated

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by those customers we were taking inspiration from in the first place.

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So, these buyers are looking for those traditional patterns,

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-the floral, decorative pieces?

-Exactly.

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One of the things that annoyed me when I was collecting blue and white

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is people said, "Oh, yes, but it's not hand-painted."

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But it's a very skilled process, transfer printing, isn't it?

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It is, very much so.

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And the best way for you to understand

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is probably to go to our transferring shop

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and actually see the ladies and have a go yourself.

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-I was hoping you'd say that.

-Well, come on then.

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'Before transfer printing, all ceramics were hand-painted,

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'which was time-consuming and could only be afforded by the rich.

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'In the mid-18th century,

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'potters developed a transference technique of printing,

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'which meant it could be more mass-produced

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'and reach a wider market.

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'I've always wanted to see how this is done and now's my chance.'

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How are you?

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So, here's Jackie, one of our top transferers.

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-Hello, Jackie.

-Hello.

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She'll help you today to understand more about transferring.

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-Are you going to be gentle with me, Jackie?

-Very gentle.

-Are you sure?

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-Yes.

-You're making it look very easy.

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You don't want me to cut this out, do you? You'll get it ready for me.

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-Yes, I've done most of that for you.

-Thank you.

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So, how long does it take you to learn to do this properly?

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-It took me about six or seven years.

-Wow.

-I was a slow learner.

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Oh, no! Do you think I can learn it in ten minutes?

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I do believe in miracles!

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SHE LAUGHS

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What's the first part of the process?

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The first part is where the print is printed onto the tissue,

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-via the rollers.

-Oh, right.

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OK, I can take you up to our print area and show you how it's done.

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Great, thanks.

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'These delicate designs will end up on ceramics,

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'but how do they get this fabulous print onto the paper?

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'A metal drum is etched with the pattern and inked up.

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'The design is printed onto paper,

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'which is then later transferred onto the ceramic.'

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And how long does it take to dry here? Just a few seconds?

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This one, it'll last about an hour, this one will.

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It needs to stay sticky for us to actually use it.

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Oh, so if it's dry...

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Yep, as soon as it dries, it's no use, we'd have to throw it away.

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So timing is really quite crucial in this room.

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-And this pattern, we've been decorating with since 1862.

-Wow.

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-This has always been a popular design, hasn't it?

-Yeah.

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-A lot of people have produced it.

-Yes, over 60 factories.

-Yeah.

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And we're the last one.

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'The last one standing.

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'It's ironic, what started as mass production

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'has become a rare skill.'

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Well, Jackie, I'm going to watch how you do this. You've cut out the...

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The prints.

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And what we're doing now, we're applying the border.

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You're pushing it down and, as you come round here,

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you're lifting it.

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-So you're sort of placing it, then pushing it down.

-Yeah.

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-Do like doing it?

-I love it.

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Then you get a piece of flannel...

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and you rub it down.

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And you take your sides...

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..put it about the middle.

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So, there's some glue on the back of these already?

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No. The prints are sticky. If you feel...

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..the prints are sticky already.

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It's still wet, see, the printing.

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-You have to put them on while they're still wet.

-OK.

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But you can't possibly get them in the same place every single time, can you?

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More or less. Every one's different.

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There is a slight difference, which what makes it so nice.

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-That's the back stamp you're putting on there.

-Burleigh Ware.

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So, would you like a go?

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-I'd love a go.

-Swap seats.

-Shall I swap seats?

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Right, plonk yourself down.

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-So, first of all, I've got to get my jug, haven't I?

-Yes.

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So, I just pick this up.

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-Yeah. You can feel it's sticky.

-Oh, I can. Yes.

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So, the middle bit goes under there.

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You push it into it.

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Very good.

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-Have I got it twisted?

-No, pull it further up.

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Oh, I've ripped it.

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HE LAUGHS

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WOMAN LAUGHS

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-I think this is going to be really rare Asiatic Pheasant.

-It is, yeah.

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Keep your thumb on when you lift it up again.

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LAUGHTER

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And the same again, the other side.

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I'm getting used to this, now.

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If I'm firing this with thousands of other jugs,

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how will I know it's mine?

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I think you'll know that one's yours.

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LAUGHTER

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-Oooh!

-Pick up a stamp and just so we know it's yours,

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we're going to put a special rose on the bottom.

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-Aww.

-Just for you.

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-Now, you can show all the girls your work.

-Look, girls.

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WOMEN CLAP AND CHEER

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Special. >

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-I'm quite pleased with it.

-I am, yeah.

-Thank you, Jackie.

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-It's all right.

-That's really made my day.

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-That's it, Jackie. I've finished, now.

-That stage is finished.

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-You've got to rub it down.

-That stage?

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You've got another stage to do, now.

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-You didn't tell me this, Jackie.

-No, I know.

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So, what do I have to do now?

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-You have to take your coat off and put on a pinny.

-A pinny?

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And some rubber gloves.

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-Do you like it?

-Yeah, I do.

-They're lovely, aren't they?

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-What is this stuff? Glue?

-It's liquid soap.

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-Oh, it's horrible.

-It's nice.

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Rub it. That's it.

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'The soap fixes the transfer and then it's off to be cleaned...'

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-Not bad.

-It's good.

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'..by me.'

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Now, what's been left on there is actually the pattern?

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That's just the pattern, yeah.

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Just swill it in the water, take the rest of it off. That's it.

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Now, what we do,

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is we'll put it on this truck, here.

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That's it.

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That's the most we can do in here.

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We'll hand it over to the rest of the factory, it'll have a firing,

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then dipping in glaze, then a final firing.

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And then, fingers crossed, we'll have a finished,

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half decent piece of pottery at the end. And we'll send it on to you.

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I hope so. Cos you never know,

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that could be a valuable antique in the future.

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We'll be lucky.

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'So, you see, it isn't a simple process.

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'There's a lot of hard work and skill that goes into this beautiful craft.

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'But, is it worth collecting?'

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The great thing with transfer printed ware

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is that there's a huge variety in patterns that you can choose from.

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Botanical, animal-related subject,

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country houses.

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Of course, the Oriental patterns.

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So, wherever you are in the collecting sphere,

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there's something for you.

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This is a really good tip for you.

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If you really fancy collecting transfer printed ware,

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I can't think of a better time than now

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to start collecting transfer printed wares.

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The market has really dropped.

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So, if you want to start collecting, go car-booting,

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go to your local charity shops, if you want, because there's

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really some good things to be found, for very little money.

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-Thank you, ladies!

-WOMEN: Goodbye!

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See you again! Thank you for your help! Bye-bye! Bye!

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WOMEN: Bye!

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Goodbye, Mary, Ellen!

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-Bye!

-Bye.

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I hope we've demystified the Orient for you today

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and given you some pointers about what to look out for

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if you want to buy or sell Chinese collectables.

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There really are treasures out there just waiting to be discovered.

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Join me again next time for more on Flog It! Trade Secrets,

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but until then, it's goodbye.

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