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Subject:Help with mark in familie verte
Posted By: Yin Chao Wed, Nov 28, 2018 IP:

Can somebody help me with this mark please?

Subject:Re: Help with mark in familie verte
Posted By: Bill H Fri, Nov 30, 2018

The mark is a rebus, consisting of a brush, beribboned ingot and ruyi scepter. The names of these items, said in order as "Bi ding ruyi", are homonyms for "May things be settled as you wish" and also a wish for success in the Imperial Examinations. Gerald Davison's "The New & Revised Handbook of Marks on Chinese Ceramics" has examples of the marks as Nos. 3380 and 3381. Such marks were used on porcelain from at least the Kangxi period (1662-1722) forward.

Your vase bearing the mark exhibits the kind of opaque enamels typical of what I've seen on Chinese transfer decorated ceramics produced on the Mainland circa the late 1970's, some of which pieces were being sold to Western visitors as antiques at very steep prices. The foot with unglazed spot in the middle, probably was meant for either display or lamp-making.

Best regards,

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