According to CNBC "Treasure Detectives" art forgery expert Curtis Dowling, some think porcelain is tough when it comes to determining authenticity. After all, its use dates back almost 2,000 years, and in that time a dizzying array of styles and designs have been introduced.
As it turns out, learning how to sniff out a fake is pretty straightforward, provided you know what to look for. The first thing to figure out is the printing or application technique, which you can determine just using your fingers.
"If it's printed, is it transfer printed, or is it painted?" Dowling asked. "If it's transfer printed, you can feel the transfer, and it's all even. If it's hand-painted, you'll be able to feel the maker's brushstrokes."