A teacup deemed to be worth 1.4 million yuan by an antique identification show in Japan has turned out to be an imitation from a Chinese pottery maker, the overseas online edition of People's Daily reported.
In the “Nandemo Kanteidan” show broadcast on Dec. 20, 2016, a man from Tokushima presented a tea bowl that he said his great-grandfather bought from a descendant of warlord Miyoshi Nagayoshi (1522-1564).
The flagship program, which started in 1994, allows people, including celebrities, to bring their “treasures” on the show. Appraisers then determine the true value of the items.
The pottery was identified as a genuine “yohen tenmoku” bowl. “There are only three yohen tenmoku (in the world),” Seinosuke Nakajima, an antiques expert, said on the show. “They are designated national treasures. The fourth one is discovered today.”Nakajima valued the bowl at 25 million yen.
Yohen Tenmoku teacups were made using a technique that originated from China's Fujian Province during the 12th to 13th century. The technique has since been lost, and only three such teacups have been discovered. They are currently housed in museums in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto respectively.
Another Japanese show named Bititto reported later that 61-year-old Chinese pottery maker Li Xinhong confirmed she had made the teacup during her apprenticeship and sold it for 80 yuan. Li was able to identify her pottery through the signature she left on the bottom of the teacup.
The man said he didn't mind that the teacup was an imitation because it carries sentimental importance for him.