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Subject:Need help with ID
Posted By: John DeGiacomo Thu, Oct 11, 2018 IP: 104.148.184.233

Came across this vase. Owner says 1700s. Unfortunately I know very little in the way of these things. Any info would be appreciated

Thanks in advance.





Subject:Re: Need help with ID
Posted By: I.Nagy Thu, Oct 11, 2018

金門陶瓷 - Kinmen Ceramics
(Ceramic maker in Taiwan)
仿明隆..窯..Imitation of Ming, Long..Kiln...etc.
(White on white embossed text - I can't see it properly)
Bottom line,
中華民國五十六年 - 56th Year of ROC (1967)

It is clear that it is a copy of a Ming Dynasty
tea pot.

With regards,
I.Nagy

Subject:Re: Need help with ID
Posted By: mikeoz Thu, Oct 11, 2018

Maybe the 17th day of one of the months in the 20th century, but not 17th century.

Made by the Golden Gate Pottery.

There is more information on the base but it is too faint to read.

Subject:Re: Need help with ID
Posted By: Bill H Fri, Oct 12, 2018

The impressed characters on the base indicate your teapot is a product of the Jinmen Kiln (Jinmen Taoci - 金門陶瓷) from Jinmen, a.k.a. Quemoy Island, off the coast of China's Fujian Province. The island is administered by Taiwan.

The item is a "basket-handle" or "Tiliang" teapot, indicated by the line of characters just below the island & lighthouse logo to be a reproduction of one made during the Ming Dynasty's Longqing reign (1567-1572). The bottom line starts out "Republic of China" (Zhong Hua Min Guo - 中華民國), a term which was reapplied to governing bodies in Taiwan after World War II ended in 1945, at which point the island had been a Japanese colony for 50 years. The remainder of the bottom line is a bit indistinct, but I believe it may say the pot was made in 1956, or two years before life on Jinmen was interrupted by a brief military conflict between Taiwan and the PRC in 1958.

I have a mid-1970s vintage tiliang teapot of this type and decoration from Jinmen that I bought from a Jinmen outlet in Taiwan's port of Kaohsiung in 1976. That one has a white base with underglaze blue markings applied by decal. Such pots were hot sellers with American military and civilian personnel in Taiwan at the time, and I seem to recall paying more than $100 for my pot, which was billed as a museum-quality repro. I've since found glazed pottery versions at estate sales for much less.

See the link for a past forum discussion of a possible Mainland-made tiliang teapot, as well as pictures of the one I bought in Taiwan.

Best regards,

Bill H.

URL Title :Jinmen Teapot


Subject:Re: Need help with ID
Posted By: Bill H Fri, Oct 12, 2018

Oops, forgot to do the Minguo calendar math, whereby year 56 of the calendar used by the Republic of China on Taiwan, is 1967 on the Gregorian calendar.

Now back to my nap.

Bill H.

Subject:Re: Need help with ID
Posted By: John DeGiacomo Sat, Oct 13, 2018

Thanks guys.. knew I could count on you.

~ J


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