Subject:Re: Chinese porcelain unknown cup mark
Posted By: Bill H Sat, Nov 24, 2018
Your cup appears to me to have some characteristics of Japanese attempts to copy Ming contending color (doucai) and five color (wucai) wares during the late 20th century. The more visible clues are frothy glaze and yellowed foot-rims, the latter color being common in many Ming and Kangxi dishes, but giving your cup away here as modern-era by a palpable degree of granularity. Below are pictures of two different Japanese cups with Makara water-dragon decoration, exhibiting varying degrees of froth in their glazes and both having similar indications of granularity in their foot-rims. The glaze on the second cup shown is particularly well bubbled in the sense of forum member, author, and collector Tony Allen's use of "sugar icing" to describe it. Another clue is that the glaze on your cup seems to be too perfect for the average Ming or early Qing popular porcelains (minyao wares).