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What are some things that affect the value of handpainted Nippon china?

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The value of handpainted Nippon china is greatly affected by the condition of the piece, its rarity, style and technique, as well as the authenticity of its back stamp. Other factors affecting its value include moriage, beading, use of gold and silver, the collector's taste, and the number of prospective buyers.

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The fine detailing in the decoration and realistic color shading adds to the value, while sloppy, haphazard work may be considered fake. Moriage, a time-consuming hand-painting technique that adds dimension to the look of the piece, also adds to the authenticity of the article. Important collectible patterns of Nippon china include the Phoenix Bird, Geisha Girl, Dragon and Wedgewood, as well as landscapes with portraits of famous historical figures such as Madame Lebrun, Madame Recamier, Queen Louise and Countess Anna Potocka.

Unmarked Nippon china, though it may be authentic, is valued at a lesser price than the china marked with authentic back stamps. Ware with moriage and beading is fragile, so if the work is damaged, its value is affected. If the gold that was used in the painting is not in good condition, or if it is heavily worn and scratched, the value of the article is lessened. Furthermore, applied gold that has a bright modern lustre and doesn't look old is something collectors stay away from.

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