Darryl headed to Pearl Pavilion after he got off the phone.
As soon as he got out of the car, he saw a massive crowd in front of Pearl Pavilion. The onlookers seemed to have been drawn into the excitement.
When Darryl walked in, he saw the owners of the antique stores next door were in a heated discussion.
“This must be a counterfeit!”
“Yes, it does look like a fake one!”
When Darryl walked past the crowd and into the store, he saw a bald man in front of the counter with a colorful porcelain vase in his arms. It looked like he wanted to sell the vase and the people around him doubted the authenticity of the item.
The people in front of the bald man were Yvonne Young, Peter Williams, and another middle-aged man.
The middle-aged man wore traditional Chinese attire and a pair of glasses; he had the image of a master. He was Yvonne’s father, Kingston Young. He was also the head of the Young family, the most famous antique dealer in Donghai City! Kingston stared at the vase.
There was also a familiar figure amongst the crowd.
It was Elsa Lyndon!
’Why is she here too?’ Darryl wondered about that.
On second thoughts, the Lyndon family and the Young family had been quite close, so Elsa might be there to hang out with Yvonne.
As Darryl processed the thought, he peeped at Elsa.
Elsa was a gorgeous woman. As expected of beautiful people, they would look good in anything they wore!
Elsa was dressed in a wine-colored spaghetti strap dress and her hair in an intricate updo. She was not only sexy and charming, but she was also graceful and elegant.
Elsa was surprised to see Darryl there too.
‘Why is he here? Is he here to join in on the fun?’
Elsa recalled the incident where Darryl commented on the bracelet she gave her grandmother at her birthday banquet. Somehow, she found Darryl interesting. However, the two had rarely met and were not even close. Hence, Elsa only entertained her thoughts but did not greet Darryl.
Kingston appraised the vase in the bald man’s arms. Everyone around him craned their necks to see it; they were quiet as they were highly focused and perhaps, tensed by the situation. Even the owners of the antique shops held their breath.
As the head of the Young family, Kingston was a scholar of great attainment in the antique industry. He was at a master’s level.
Who would dare to boast before him?
“Your porcelain is quite exquisite in appearance and delicate in texture, but from its shape and design, I cannot tell if it is an ancient artifact from any era,” Kingston examined the porcelain for quite some time before he shook his head and spoke to the bald man.
The bald man’s eyes flashed shrewdly, and he smiled, ”The Young family has a prominent presence in the antique industry. Are you saying that even Manager Young could not appraise this porcelain vase? Please don’t tease me.”
Kingston smiled faintly, “The porcelain production began in the Han Dynasty and gradually matured through five dynasties, until the Tang Dynasty. It was not until the Qing Dynasty that the skill came to maturity. Before the Qing Dynasty, most of the porcelains were of classic and simple designs, whereas in the Qing Dynasty period, the designs were exquisite and gorgeous…”
“The vase that you have here are of simple and naturally derived designs; it resembles the Tang and Song Dynasties styles. However, the colorful glaze is too ostentatious, it is more like the styles of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, and the bottom is an oval shape which resembles the Western-style…”
At that point, Kingston’s lips curled into a spurious smile. “Even though your vase is extremely fine and exquisite, it is neither fish nor fowl. From my observation, I can infer that it should be a modern creation. I must say that the craftsman who did the firing is rather skillful.”
As soon as Kingston finished talking, everyone looked at him admiringly.
“Indeed, Manager Young is knowledgeable.”
“That‘s right! I was unsure just now, but after listening to Manager Young, it’s intelligible.”
“We rarely see Manager Young display his skill. I have gained a lot of insights today.”
Kingston was happy and proud to be praised and admired by the several owners of antique stores.
Yvonne Young was stunned when she saw the bald man went into Pearl Pavilion with the porcelain vase. Many of the antique stores’ owners would not be able to tell if the vase was genuine or fake. Hence, Yvonne made a quick decision to call Darryl and her father.
The bald man smiled mischievously after he heard Kingston’s verdict. “Since Manager Young said that this vase is not an ancient artifact but rather, one from this century, then may I ask if you know the notable porcelain maker who made this piece of art?
“Hmm…” Kingston frowned, he stood irresolute.
Then, Darryl came forward. ”Perhaps, I can have a look at it?”
Everyone present was stunned to hear that.
“Young man, you were lucky last time. Are you here to play the public again?”
“Manager Young had made it clear just now. Why do you need to appraise it again?”
“Yes, just leave already. Don’t make a fool of yourself.”
The owners of antique stores burst out in laughter.
‘Is there something wrong with this young man? Manager Young had set a conclusion, and yet he wanted to say something about it? Is he questioning Manager Young’s judgment?’