But today if anyone break a vase, I will advise him. Don't throw away the broken pieces as there is a market for them, especially so if these pieces are from antique vases, the older and the rarer the antique broken pieces, the more valuable they are.
But why do people collect broken pieces of antiques?
The reason is obvious. The genuine antiques are so valuable that they are beyond the average collectors' budget. Usually these antiques are sold in auctions where the prices can only go up and up and only the one with the highest bid can take home such antiques.
For instance, in a recent auction (2014) in Hong Kong, a rare Chenghua chicken cup was sold for a record price of 280 million RMB. A few years earlier a blue and white vase from the Yuan dynasty was auction for a phenomenal price of 230 million RMB. It was quoted as saying that the money could exchange for 8 tons of gold at the prevailing price of gold at that instance. As collectors' appetite grow for such valuable things, they sought to look for a cheaper alternative, the broken pieces of antique vases. Some buy these broken pieces as they want to learn to recognize feature/characteristics of antiques through studying these pieces. Some buy them as they want to turn these broken pieces into small little jewelry items. Yet some buy them with a view to make money if they have spotted some genuine good pieces.
|Chenghua chicken cup|
|Yuan dynasty's blue n white vase|
|Market where broken antique pieces are being traded|
|A broken piece from Yuan dynasty depicting a full dragon|
A businessman later offer this collector 1 million RMB if he would like to sell the broken piece to him. This collector did not take up the offer as he had a passion for such beautiful pieces. This broken piece of porcelain was later confirmed to be from the Yuan dynasty. Could you imagine how much it is worth? The collector later quited his high-pay job and spend his time to study the blue-n-white porcelain pieces form the Yuan dynasty. He has since collected quite a good number of pieces from the Yuan dynasty.
|Details of the dragon|
|A rare piece of Lu ware|
Apart from their artistic and antique value, some broken porcelain pieces contain invaluable information on the history of porcelain, the use of glaze and the type of ware, its design and origin. This information is vital to people who seek to do research on porcelain. For instance, some broken pieces contain a lot of writings, yet unknown to the average collectors as to the meaning of such writings.
|Broken pieces with writings|
Don't forget there is a market for broken antique pieces. Just keep your broken pieces and sought experts' advice. You may be able to salvage something from them.