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Subject:Republic Vase
Posted By: Meg Mon, Jul 31, 2017 IP: 2001:8003:2477:3f00:

Hi! Appreciate you help with this Chinese vase,date and what the characters mean. Thanking you.

Subject:Re: Republic Vase
Posted By: Bill H Wed, Aug 02, 2017

The mark reads from the top right down and across as "Made for the Hall where Benevolence Resides" (Ju Ren Tang Zhi). According to "The New & Revised Handbook of Marks on Chinese Ceramics" by Gerald Davison (2013), the Jurentang is a palace in the Zhongnanhai complex, near the Forbidden City in Beijing, where President Yuan Shikai ruled as the Hongxian Emperor for eighty days in 1915-16.

Some remarkable hand-painted porcelains were produced for the Jurentang and for Yuan Shikai, with the Hongxian period reign-mark. Unfortunately, your vase doesn't qualify for that category and period. It is a transfer-ornamented decorative piece made around the third quarter of the 20th century or later. See the link, where you'll find some photos I downloaded a couple of years ago of porcelains believed to have period marks and more typical decoration of the era quality-wise.

Best regards,

Bill H.

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