Subject:Re: Ubiquitous Ginger Jar
Posted By: Bill H Wed, Oct 31, 2018
The transfer decoration technique is evident in the green scroll, where some of the black lines overlie each other in a manner that wouldn't be so evident if they were hand-painted. Also, the large red stylized long life characters have a curdled look, which is seen often with stamped marks.
Where this base-mark was applied is a moot point, because all such marks I've seen from the Mainland were applied either with stamps or decals, and there's no reason a decorating shop in Hong Kong couldn't do the same. In the 1980s, I visited some Bangkok-area porcelain decorating shops, which used pre-glazed blanks from Jingdezhen with markings already applied. Here's one such jar I've hung onto with a mark of "Ruo Shen Zhen Cang" (Precious collection of the seemingly old). This may suggest that blanks painted in Hong Kong also sometimes are pre-marked in China.