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Subject:Cloisonne Vase with Mark
Posted By: kay Mon, Jan 15, 2018 IP: 2600:1003:b107:2026:

Hello! Can someone help me identify the mark on the bottom of this cloisonné vase? Thank you in advance!

Subject:Re: Cloisonne Vase with Mark
Posted By: Guy Wed, Jan 17, 2018

The technique applied here is not cloisonné but enamel champlevé. The vase is Japanese from the middle Meiji period (1880s-90s). I read the mark partially as 吉?謹製 (Kichi + character not read kinsei). 'Kinsei' (謹製) can be translated as 'made with respect'.


Subject:Re: Cloisonne Vase with Mark
Posted By: Bill H Thu, Jan 18, 2018

I believe the first two characters of that mark probably are 百整, with Chinese of bai/"100" and zheng/"exactly". Not sure how this would come out in Japanese.

Best regards,

Bill H.

Subject:Re: Cloisonne Vase with Mark
Posted By: Guy Thu, Jan 18, 2018

Yes indeed Bill, the hallmark reads 百整謹製 'Hyakusei kinsei' (Respectfully made, Hyakusei). I presume rather early Meiji period, 1870-80 in the Chinese archaic style.
IMO, 謹製 'kinsei' or 'respectfully made' can be read as 'quality object'.

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