Subject:Re: Questions on this Japanese vase
Posted By: Bill H Sun, Oct 14, 2018
The mark reads down and across from the top right as "Made in China at Jingdezhen" (Zhong guo jing de zhen zhi). I don't recall seeing this mark in black before, but the style of the vase suggests to me that it might date to the 1960's. The website gotheborg.com dates Chinese porcelains with red and blue versions of the same mark to the 1970's.
The black borders on the vase are applied by printed transfers, while the ornamental carp and waterweed may have been hand-painted or at least hand-colored. I can't tell if the inscription is handwritten or not. It seems to be a verse concerning the colorful fish and the blue-green water. The red seal reads down as "Zhushan" (Pearl Mountain), another name for the porcelain-making town, Jingdezhen.
The vase certainly is an interesting decorative and conversation piece, but apparently lacking a famous artist's mark, probably doesn't have great intrinsic value.