My name is Joseph Sharon I have been collecting Chinese Art for over 40 years. I have collected a hoard of Northern Song Dynasty Imperial Ru ware. This hoard of Ru Ware is the most important find of Chinese Arts in the 21st Century. Ru Wares are the rarest, most important, historically significant ceramics in China’s History and they were the first wares made exclusively for the Emperor and his court. I have offered to donate Ru wares to many museums, and universities and I have been shunned away. They are totally afraid to revise history because of all the money the auction houses are making, and this only confirms how entrenched the corruption is. Most of the pieces that were offered in the auction market over 30 to 40 years ago were very poor quality. And the auction houses are still selling this same junk because they have told so many lies about the rarity of those pieces. They can't tell the truth to those that bought many years ago, that many finer pieces have reached the market place since China has opened up. This will expose them as the liars they are. So they continue to discriminate against many collectors that didn't buy from them and continue selling old collections that have very little value for alot of money, like the Ru ware brush washer and the Guan Vase they sold in Hong Kong and its only a matter of time they will be exposed. China has opened up and many fine pieces have reached the market place, historic pieces like my Ru ware collection that should revise the history books. But Sotheby's sold a flawed Ru ware brush washer for 27,000,000. and they tell collectors there is less than 100 Ru ware pieces in the world, their liars and they're trying to hide the truth of my collection. They have been lying to collectors about the true capabilities of the Chinese artisans throughout China's history. The auction houses and their crony dealers are swindling billions of dollars from the wealthiest people in our society by not offering the finest pieces at auction and they should be held accountable. The high end collectors that purchase from the auction houses and the crony dealer network they set up will soon find out they paid 90% more than they should have and many pieces aren't worth anything. It's not only Ru wares it's all types and periods of Chinese arts. Although Ru wares are so important they can’t hide the truth from collectors any longer. I don’t like being discriminated against and this is what started me to expose them. Even the scholars and museums are avoiding this hoard of Ru Wares, this proves they're all puppets of the corrupt auction houses and their crony dealer network. Read the home page, introduction page and look carefully at the photos of my collection. This is the biggest scandal ever perpetrated against American collectors and collectors around the world and this Ru Ware hoard proves these allegations are true.
After several emails and photos back and forth trying to donate my Song Dynasty Ru-Ware. The Palace Museum was afraid to change their direction of not showing the public the real Imperial northern Song Dynasty Imperial Ru ware to the world that was hoarded away. This is just another cover-up that the Auction houses and Museums are afraid to show because of all the money involved. What you see in Museums is not the finest pieces that the Chinese produced. Below is the last email they sent me and the last email I sent them. And they clearly agreed they are from the Song Dynasty.
October 28, 2015
Dear Mr. Sharon,
Thank you very much for your letter dated October 19, 2015 expressing your willingness to sell some of your Song ceramic vases to us. The National Palace Museum greatly appreciates your wish to enrich our existing collections.
However, it is with much regret that we have to inform you that the artworks you have included in your email do not line up with the exhibition direction of the National Palace Museum. We therefore are not able to acquire the pieces that you have kindly offered.
Thank you again for your interest in the National Palace Museum. We look forward to your understanding on this matter and wish you every success.
National Palace Museum
October 29, 2015
Hello National Palace Museum,I'm sorry you may have misunderstood my request, I do not wish to sell the National Palace Museum my Song Dynasty ceramic vases. I wish to donate / contribute them to the National Palace Museum. My attorney may have confused the issue, I only wish to give / donate these Song Dynasty Ru wares at no cost to the National Palace Museum.Please contact me.Sincerely Yours,Joseph SharonOctober 30, 2015Dear Mr. Sharon,Our sincerest apologies for the misunderstanding and thank you again for your email expressing your wish to enrich the National Palace Museum's collection. However, it is still with much regret that we have to inform you that the Song Dynasty ceramic vases you have included in your email do not line up with the exhibition direction of the National Palace Museum. We are therefore unable to honor your wish to donate the artworks to us. Thank you for your interest in the National Palace Museum. We look forward to your understanding on this matter and wish you every success. Best regards, National Palace Museum
THE RU/JU KILN PRODUCED THREE TYPES OF IMPORTANT WARES
I contacted the National Palace Museum and they believe the pieces are from the Song Dynasty. I know they have a collection of Ru/Ju pieces the Emperor Qianlong had poems written on them. The pieces in my Ru/Ju ware collection were hidden away and Qianlong Emperor did not have the ability to collect such pieces, the pieces he collected were from wealthy merchant class pieces. I realize this will clear up some of the questions about the Ru/Ju Kiln wares and Emperor Huizong reign. This is very important that the truth be told. For many years everyone had to rely on the pieces that are in the Qianlong Emperors collection, those pieces are very nice but they are not the real Imperial Ru/Ju ware that Emperor Huizong commissioned the Ru/Ju Kiln to produce for himself and his court. The Ru/Ju Kiln produced three types of wares. The first wares were being sold to the wealthy merchant class and these wares didn't have the fire gilded bands and didn't have crushed agate stone in the glaze. Any wares that had firing flaws would be sold to the population at a much cheaper price. The second wares they produced were the tribute wares that were given to the Emperor and his court as tribute. All these wares have the fire gilded bands that are around the rim and base and sometimes only the rim. These bands have extensive layered cuprite and malachite corrosion that only occurs in nature and can't be faked. (From the book Copper and bronze in art by David Scott The existence of malachite formation over a layer of cuprite is supported by analytical and metallographic studies, is a good indication of the authenticity of an artifact.) This is more reliable than a TL test. These tribute wares had several colors and many forms and didn't have crushed agate in the glaze. One of the tribute pieces is marked Feng Wang a tribute to the Emperor, these are not the commissioned pieces because the emperor would never give tribute to himself. The third wares they produced were the Imperial wares that Emperor Huizong commissioned the Ru/Ju Kiln to produce for him and his court. Emperor Huizong was unhappy with all the opulent tribute wares he was receiving from several kilns and also the Ru/Ju Kiln opulent tribute wares. These tribute wares were too flamboyant with the fire gilded bands and there opulent forms and colors. Emperor Huizong was an artist and a modest man and he saw beauty in simplicity. Emperor Huizong must have had some contact with the Korean Koryo Dynasty celadon wares because the color he chose and glaze is similar to the Koryo celadon wares. Emperor Huizong decided to commission the Ru/Ju Kiln because they were producing the finest wares.The Imperial commissioned wares are not opulent like the merchant or tribute wares they are very understated and have modest and refined forms with only one color Celadon, and they have texture from the crushed agate stone that was put into their mix. Agate melts at 2912 degrees F and the Song dynasty kilns temperature only reached 1250 degrees F at best, so this is a fallacy that the crushed agate melted in the glaze, also it would be very difficult to crush agate into a complete powder this is why you can clearly see traces of the agate stone in the glaze using a 20x loupe or better. The Prototypes the foot rings were glazed and you can see spur marks, Emperor Huizong didn't like the spur marks so he requested they remove them, so they stopped glazing the foot rings and the final version was fired flat in the kiln. Many have marks scratched on the bases like Feng Hua I believe this is a tribute for China and also other marks. Emperor Huizong had a vision to produce wares that would be very understated, refined, and modest and look like they were formed from jade stone. It didn't matter if a piece had flaws, because each piece has its own character. Any flawed pieces would be distributed to the court and no pieces were sold to anyone other than the court. The Emperor was a modest man and saw each piece as individual piece, and even if they had flaws, he saw beauty. Almost like human beings with all their flaws, they are beautiful. It is very apparent that Emperor Huizong worked very closely with the Ru/Ju Kiln to develop these Imperial wares. The Ru/Ju Kiln certainly fulfilled the Emperor’s vision and produced these wonderful wares exclusively for the Emperor and his Court. Also I have attached photos that you can see on this Imperial Ru ware Vase they didn't crush the agate stone enough, the glaze has tiny holes caused by the agate, the foot ring you can see a drip of glaze that has chips of agate. All of this is clear conclusive evidence that these are the true Imperial Ru ware that Emperor Huizong commissioned the Ru/Ju Kiln to produce for him and his court.
NORTHERN SONG DYNASTY IMPERIAL RU WARE VASE
You can see on my Imperial Ru Ware Vase below they did not crush the agate stone enough and the glaze has tiny holes caused be the agate and the foot ring you can see a drip of glaze that has chips of agate. This proves conclusively that these wares are the true Imperial Ru ware that Emperor Huizong commissioned the Ru Kiln to produce for him and his court. ( Click on photos to enlarge)
Sotheby's sold this Ru-ware brush washer in Hong Kong in april 12, 2012 for approx. 27,000,000.00 look it up. This is a merchant class piece not a Imperial piece it has a major firing flaw that can be seen on the inside edge of the rim, which can be seen in photo and no gilded bands. This would be sold to the public not the court. They cheated and swindled the collector that purchased this junk. They should return the money.
Sothebys sold this flawed Guan vase for approx. 14,000,000 in Hong Kong in April 7, 2015. This vase has holes in the glaze in several areas. The form is not well balanced it looks like a beginner potter formed this piece. It is not an official court piece and it came from the same collection that they sold a Ru Ware flawed merchant pieces for 27,000,000 in Hong Kong they should return the money for both pieces. They cheated and swindled the chinese collectors that purchased them.
My Beautiful Guan Yao S. Song Dynasty Vases below have a thick milky bluish green glaze that was achieved by putting on several applications of glaze and successive firings. This thick coat of glaze rounded off any sharp angles of the form. The form is well balanced clearly done by a master potter. The first vase is embellished and has an overlay of fire gilded gold over silver alloys decoration of a pair of phoenix's on a branch with blossoms that was presumably applied during the Qianlong period or earlier by a collector. The base has a Guan mark which is the government official mark. The second Vase a little darker is without the embellishment and you can see how thick the glaze is around the foot ring. The form is very fine and well balanced clearly potted by a master. The Vase has the offical goverment marks on the base. Xiu Nei Si apparently refers to the Department of palace supply, under the relocated Northern Song Administration, which was driven south to Hangzhou in 1127A.D. Special price $1,370,000. (click on photos to enlarge)
My wonderful Guan ware Mallet form Vase, This very finely potted Vase is 8 1/2 inches tall, has beautiful form and it's glazed with the same glaze that has several golden threads like the Sotheby cup above. They could have been fired at the same time. I'm offering this Vase at a special price $700,000.
This is a Ge Ware vase 8 1/2 inches tall Sotheby's sold In New York 9/15/2010 for $1,762,500. They must be kidding this vase is a terrible example of Song Dynasty Ge Ware, look closely it looks as though a beginner formed this vase and the glaze is not even close to a fine Ge ware Piece. Certainly not done by a master potter, they should return the money. Check my Ge ware Vase below that was done by a master potter during the Song Dynasty.
My Song Dynasty Ge Kiln Ge ware Large Vase with tube ears, golden thread iron wire crackle, and purple mouth iron foot, with color similar to wheat. The Ge Kiln is known as the elder brothers kiln during the Southern Song. They have tried to duplicate these wares thoughout China's history and never were able to get them even close to the real Ge wares. The vase may have been a tribute ware because of its excellence and beauty it measures approx. 13 3/4" Special Price $725,000.00
Sotheby's sold this Northern Song Dynasty Dingyao Bowl for 18,800,000.00 in Hong Kong 4/8/2014 to an Asian collector they should return the money. This bowl came from a dealer in Chinese Art. BELOW I'm offering a much finer Northern Song Dynasty Tribute Dingyao Vase that is incised with lotus leaves and flowers. My Vase has beautiful form and is covered with an ivory colored transparent glaze over a white stoneware body, the vase shows some tear steaks in the glaze. There is two fire gilded bands around the rim and base that are layered with reddish cuprite and greenish malachite patina where the gold is worn, this proves its age and is more reliable than a TL test. The base is mark with the words Feng Hua which means Tribute to China. Special Price $1,350,000 (Below click image to enlarge)
(From the book Copper and Bronze in art by David Scott The existence of malachite formation over a layer of cuprite is supported by analytical and metallographic studies, is a good indication of the authenticity of an artifact.) My pieces below clearly show the layered cuprite on the bottom and malachite on top, this only occurs in nature, this is a clear indication of there great age and authenticity and this is more reliable than a TL test. (Click on photos to enlarge)
Very rare white fish formed Chai Kiln ewer with fire gilded band around the rim. The band was cleaned but traces of reddish Cuprite and greenish Malachite remain I’ve taken a closeup photo so you can see. (From the book cooper and bronze in art by David Scott The existence of malachite formation over a layer of cuprite is supported by analytical and metallographic studies, is a good indication of the authenticity of an artifact.) This is more reliable than a TL Test. The Ewer has off white biscuit and applied lotus leaves and flowers decorations. The off white glaze has very fine dense crackle, the foot ring is unglazed. Special Price $400,000. (Click on photo to enlarge)
(The Bonhams company tried to intimidate me with legal threats to take it down, I won't take down this liar.) "As per the attached Cease and Desist letter, we hereby demand the immediate removal of the following misleading and defamatory video recording posted by you on YouTube: A hard copy of this letter will follow by FedEx. We trust your actions will be guided accordingly, or Bonhams will be forced to pursue all available rights, remedies and defenses at law and equity relating to this matter." This man never even handle any Ru-ware until my pieces. I was told this by a Bonhams specialist.
AFTER A SERIES OF EMAILS TO BONHAMS AUCTION COMPANY IN NEW YORK CITY. REQUESTING A FIRST HAND APPRAISAL OF MY NORTHERN SONG DYNASTY IMPERIAL CELADON RU WARE MALLET FORM TRUMPET LIKE NECK VASE OFFERING IT TO SELL IN THERE AUCTION. AFTER SEVERAL EMAILS AND SEVERAL HIGH RESOLUTION PHOTOS THEY GRANTED ME A THE FIRST HAND INSPECTION APPRAISAL OF NINE RU WARE PIECES AND SEVEN ANCIENT AND ARCHAIC JADE CARVINGS I OFFERED TO THEM TO SELL IN THERE NEW YORK GALLERY. IF YOU ARE A HIGH END ART COLLECTOR OF ANY KIND IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU WATCH THE VIDEO THEN MAKE YOUR OWN DETERMINATION WHETHER THEY HAVE A CORRUPT, CONDESCENDING, DISCRIMINATORY POLICY THAT I SUGGEST PERMEATES THROUGH THE ENTIRE ART INDUSTRY RIGHT HERE IN AMERICA. BY WITHHOLDING OFTEN THE FINEST PIECES FROM THE OPEN MARKET AND SWINDLING UNSUSPECTING ART COLLECTORS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS RIGHT HERE IN AMERICA. I LEFT OUT PERSONAL NAMES BECAUSE THEIR JUST AS MUCH VICTIMS OF THE UNWRITTEN POLICIES FORCED ON THEM BY THE TOTALLY CORRUPT CORPORATIONS THAT CONTROL THE FINE ART INDUSTRY IN AMERICA. WATCH THE VIDEO AND YOU CAN DETERMINE FOR YOURSELF WHETHER THIS WAS A COMPLETE AND HONEST APPRAISAL BY BONHAMS WHICH HAS BEEN HIGHLY REGARDED EXPERTS IN AUTHENTICATING CHINESE ARTS IN AMERICA THE LAST RU-WARE PIECE THAT WAS SOLD IN HONG KONG IN APRIL 2012 WAS SOLD FOR APPROXIMATELY 27,000,000,00 USD. I CONTEND THIS IS BUSINESS AS USUAL BY THE TOP THREE AUCTION HOUSES RIGHT HERE IN AMERICA
This totally hurts the historic significance of these wares. They have a unwritten policy of not offering the finest pieces on the open market an this policy hurts all collectors of Chinese Arts. All Collector's are at the mercy of the corrupt auction houses and dealers that knowingly withhold the finest pieces from the open market and only do business with clients that have purchased from them or there dealer network. Only the finest pieces are sold privately and no one knows the true value or what is being sold. This activity cheats all collectors because they have know idea where their property fits in the total market and what the finest pieces actually are. One dealer can sell twenty of the same pieces and know one except them actually know what is available in the market. This is not how this market should work. The market must change and let all collectors see what is actually available in the entire market not just what they want to show you and allow all collectors to participate in the market. Until then no one has any idea if they purchased junk or what the true value of their property is and where it fits in the total market. China has opened up and it's time this practice changes.You can see the attitude of Bonhams that permeates through the entire art market in America. This is what they tell you if your not a known collector to them or purchased through their coney dealer or auction house network regardless how wonderful your pieces are, they're liars, cheats, and swindlers.
Sadly all people cannot partake in the auction process in China or America. And in China you only hear what the communist want you to hear, This is why I say collectors are not being shown the finest pieces from them. During the culture revolution they tried to destroy all the art but the Chinese people hid their valuables just as they've done every time they were invaded and they remain hidden today. Not until they're free will we see and know what they were really capable of producing. I can tell you that the Auction houses and Museums around the world are not showing you they finest pieces they remain hidden away in China. That said we here in America still have the freedom to speak the truth to try to expose the corruption that permeates through the entire art market in America. The people that are controlling the art market believe they have the perfect scam over collectors and their really no better then the communist in China. They could care less about the historic significance the Chinese people have made to mankind through all the art they produced for thousands of years. Hopefully this will change soon in America.
I HAVE A REQUEST FOR ALL COLLECTORS. IF YOU BELIEVE IN HONESTY AND REAL TRANSPARENCY IN THE CHINESE ART MARKET, AND COLLECTING. (TAKE A LITTLE TIME AND READ MY ENTIRE INTRODUCTION IT JUST MAY BE OF HELP TO YOU AND OTHERS) "ALSO PLEASE HELP ME BY COPYING THE ADDRESS OF THIS SITE FROM THE BROWSER, AND PASTE THE LINK AND EMAIL IT TO ANYONE INVOLVED IN ANYWAY WITH CHINESE ARTS. WHETHER THEY BE A COLLECTORS, DEALERS, AUCTION HOUSE, MUSEUM, NEWS MEDIA". Please be courteous in your Emails, there is lots Of good people that are caught up in something they feel can't be changed.
They withhold the finest pieces from the
open market. and no one knows how to evaluate their pieces because what you see in the auction results are mostly junk pieces not what is truly available in the market place.
They have lied so much about the true capabilities of the Chinese artisans in every period. And they only want to do business with the victims that have put their trust in them and they're robbing them blind. You must study and know what you are looking at and stop listening to these liars that are telling you all these cock & bull stories about Chinese art. There is a lot of good people that are caught up in their unwritten policies that they have in place and are to afraid to speak up. You must search out the finest pieces, just do the math during the Song Dynasty the population was 100,000,000 in China if just a half of one percent could afford the finest pieces that's a lot of Jade and porcelain made in the Song dynasty. this is why it is imperative that you collect the best possible pieces. You must demand they stop their corrupt policies and start offering the finest pieces on the open market so you will know where your collection fits in the real market place. They must open the market to everyone and stop the discrimination because the way they set this up you can't win because only they know what is really in the market place.
If you are an expert in Chinese
art or a collector Of fine Chinese art and you have questions about authenticity or dating of any piece that I have listed, your welcome to contact me to set up an appointment to view and handle the piece first hand. It is suggested purchasers should contact me and set up and appointment to view the piece first hand.
The Ru ware that the National Palace Museum has in there collection are pieces that the Qianlong Emperor wrote poems on and these wares are not the Tribute or Imperial Ru ware that the Song Dynasty Emperor Huizong was receiving from the Ru Kiln. The Ru wares that are in Museums around the world are merchant class wares, not Tribute or Imperial wares. I have also offered donations by email to the British Museum, Philadelphia art Museum, The Cleveland Museum, The Smithsonian Sackler Freer Museum, Metropolitain Museum, etc. and they all didn't answer my email. This is part of the cover-up of Sotheby's sale of the Ru brush washer in Hong Kong April 2012 for 27,000,000. I can prove it is not an Imperial piece and they should return the money and acknowledge what I have shown them all about Ru Wares. Right now their all trying to cover-up the truth about Ru wares. Because the bigger truth is that they're ripping off collectors for billions of dollars by not offering the finest pieces at their auctions and private sales. Museums and Universities are the puppets of the auction houses they'll not tell the truth they do whatever the auctions house want them to do. As one example even to the point of withholding the historic truth of the Song Dynasties Emperor Huizong and the Ru Kiln. They have no integrity and sit by and watch collectors being swindled out of their money and do nothing to stop this theft of billions of dollars from unsupecting collectors around the world. And these phony curators worry about their positions being lost. What you see being sold at auction is only a fraction of what is being sold and most of the pieces are junk. One way to stop them is stop buying the junk their offering you.