About Us

ABOUT ORIENTAL ARTEFACTS

 

At Oriental Artefacts, our Mission Statement is very simple. We strive to offer the best quality products available.  Customer service and satisfaction will always be the key to our success. We will never forget that we work for you!

We encourage any feedback on our products, anything that could improve our customer service or any suggestions on ways to improve our website. Thank you for visiting our website!


BUY WITH CONFIDENCE

Have you ever purchased an item only to find when it arrived in your post, it wasn’t as described? I would say you probably have and you would have been quite upset even angry, deservedly so. It does happen and to some, more than others. Rest assured that will NOT happen when you purchase from Oriental Artefacts.

Feel confident in the knowledge we stand by our guarantees. We have been collecting and selling to a wide audience for a long time, combined time over 100 years. orientalaretefacts.com is simple to navigate and easy and safe to purchase using PayPal, and PayPal’s genuine buyers guarantee.

You will always get quality items from our pages, and all as described, with additional information about the items. You will be purchasing with confidence so you and your family can enjoy for years to come and take pride that you are getting what you pay for.

All pieces are made by master craftsmen, all unique and we have many antique items from private Asian artifact collections being uploaded all the time.

Our family have traveled extensively and lived abroad in some of the most exotic places on earth. I am 5th generation colonial from Fiji. Our family including my aunts and uncles migrated from Fiji (see Just Pacific) in the late 50’s, some going to the United States for a period, New Guinea, Thailand, Hong Kong, England, Switzerland and Australia.

During their time in such places, we as children were given an appreciation of works of art and an insight and understanding of many historical and archaic artifacts. Gifts from the Oriental were frequent which has led all of us in our family to really appreciate these fine works of art. Being a collector doesn’t necessarily make anyone an expert, however, the longer the time you spend investigating museums and textbooks on subjects and studying items, the more experienced you become.

My first auction with my mother was when I was a teenager. My mother was focused on some signed and genuine antique Ivory Japanese Netsuke, which came from an elderly gentleman’s private collection. It was there my mother and I began collecting more of these intricate pieces, a total in excess of 60 as well as Jades carvings, Bronzes, porcelain and many other oriental artifacts from Japan, China, Thailand, Hong Kong, Tibet, and Burma.

 

 

I personally have established suppliers in China with whom I have the utmost faith as suppliers.

It is often very difficult, even for art dealers to tell the difference between genuine old works of art and ones made recently to look old. However, there is nothing I know of which will imitate calcification of stone and bronze diseased items showing that green patina which only comes with true age. There are many experts willing to assist you should you be unsure of an item. You can email photographs and generally, they will be able to advise you. Sometimes, you may have to pay for their services but often you can find people who can do this for free.

We stand by our products and guarantee that all items are original works of art but not all are antiques. It is illegal to export from China genuine antiques. The Chinese authorities placed a ban on the sale of their antiquities about 10 years ago. Stolen national treasures were taken during WWII by the Japanese and many years later were offered for sale by a renowned auction house. The Beijing authorities purchased these items back and were with obvious reasons pretty peeved, hence the ban on the export of their oriental artifacts.

If you are considering purchasing ivory bone on the internet, ensure you will be issued a certificate of authenticity as it illegal to transport artifacts made from elephant, rhino, walrus, tiger and much other fauna and flora listed under CITES the Geneva Convention.

The use of any kind of ivory is extremely controversial, to say the least, however, with the discovery of 150 million Mammoth (follow this link editorial in The Telegraph 28th July 2013) in the permafrost of Siberia, there has been a decrease in celadon killings. Carvers no longer crave the tusks from living animals so, with this discovery and the techniques used to treat the mammoth bones teeth and ivory, the craftsman can create ornate pieces of work from these ancient Mammoth Ivory Tusks.

Every year when the permafrost melts, hundreds of locals go to the Tundra, all are Russians, as they are the only people allowed Permits to collect and transport the tonnes of mammoth tusks released every year. The mammoth tusks and bones are often found lying on river banks. These pieces are then exported mainly to Hong Kong for master craftsmen to work their art, but also to parts of Eastern Europe. Mammoth teeth, tusks, and bones go through an extensive treatment process to enable them to be used for carving. Unfortunately, the practice of poaching still goes on with unscrupulous poachers who have no care for the survival of our protected and endangered creatures.

Should you find an item whether it be on the internet or from a dealer in a shop, unless they can give you the bona fides as to where the carving came from and the age, then DON’T buy it. Only buy from reputable sources so you have confidence in your purchase.

CITES stands for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora a link to which is found right here. For a greater understanding of your responsibility to helping prevent the illicit trade of these species, flora or fauna please go here.

Please help protect our endangered elephants, tigers and all other species listed by ensuring you purchase from reputable sources.