How Can You Tell If A Ceramic Rooster Is Authentic?
There’s a number of reasons why you might wind up with a ceramic rooster in your possession, even if you do not personally collect such things on a regular basis. It could be a souvenir from a trip when you were just in the mood to buy something. It might be a gift from a family member who doesn’t quite get you. It could be a family heirloom that just winds up in your possession when someone passes and you’re going through their estate.
If you like the look and feel of it and just plan on displaying it as part of your decor, then just enjoy it as is. However, if you plan to sell it or think it might be worth something, then it helps to know if your ceramic roosters are an authentic piece or not. Knowing how to tell that takes some detective work.
The first and best thing to do is to look for any distinguishing features like logos, marks, identification or serial numbers, or anything else that might indicate who made it, what it is, and when. These are usually going to be on the bottom or the inside of it, if it opens up. Go online to look up any information you can about any markings you do find, with an eye on both establishing authenticity or forgery. This homework might not prove conclusive, but it gives you a starting point.
While online, look out for photos of anything that looks identical to your item, if applicable, like when it’s not one of a kind. If it’s part of a limited run and has a serial number, you might be able to look up its history. If there are no sales records of your item number, it might be genuine.
However, you might find out that there have been sales of a ceramic rooster matching the description and number of the one you have in your possession. Don’t fret though, as it’s actually sometimes possible that the ones already sold were the forgeries!
As you inspect the item, look for chips or cracks, anything that exposes the inside construction material. Hopefully your piece is pristine and has no such flaws, as they are very detrimental to both the look and the value of the piece. However, if there are chips, experts can analyze them to know if it is truly ceramic and not just porcelain or another similar substance that feels identical.
At the end of the day, the only way that is always conclusive is to have an expert authenticator look over your piece and give you a professional assessment. This often comes as a service with a fee, although some dealers qualified to do so might do it as a courtesy given that it means a chance to at least inquire about buying the piece from you. Check with local collectible shops or trade shows about getting this done. Online consultations are possible in some cases via Skype. If you ever send something off for analysis, make sure the firm is reputable, and the item is packed thoroughly and insured.