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Re: Fakes? Link to pics at the bottom of the query.
Kim, while this response may be a bit late in coming -- and I hope your son's teacher enjoy and appreciated your thoughtful Xmas gift -- I agree totally with what Andrew has already said. To add an additional dimension, unlike art,wooden ware or even metal ware, the infrastructure needed to fake ceramics is quite substantial: a kiln is not something most people have in their workshop or back yards. While I've seen attempts at fake overglazing, it would be very difficult to make a plate or cup and saucer and if was going to the trouble and effort to do that, one (at least I would) want a lot more than $20 for it. So I think ceramics is the one area of antiques where forgeries are not too prevalent, and when they happen, as was the case in the mid-19th Century when someone stole the Wedgwood name and tried market pottery as Wedgewood, they become interesting pieces in themselves. Good luck and happy hunting.
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