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Subject:Chinese porcelain plaque dating
Posted By: Peter Sat, Jan 05, 2019 IP:

Hi All,

I would like to ask for advice regarding possible age of this Chinese porcelain wall plaque.

I would go with early 20th century, but it just me..

Sadly plaque framed poorly & covers some of Chinese characters & signature itself, but I do hope so that someone will be able to give reasonble advice on Characters translation as well...

33cm x 23cm

Kind regards

Subject:Re: Chinese porcelain plaque dating
Posted By: I.Nagy Sun, Jan 06, 2019

櫻珠圖 - Picture of cherry bead
時在甲辰年秋月 - In the Year of Wood-Dragon (...1904...) Autumn Month
The left side of the artist`s name is not readable because of the frame.

With regards,

Subject:Re: Chinese porcelain plaque dating
Posted By: Bill H Mon, Jan 07, 2019

Your plaque purports to be by an early 20th century artist Named Zhou Xiaosong (周筱松) and to have been done (I think) in the autumn of 1904 (the Jiachen cyclical year?). The boldly written title in the righthand stack of three characters says "Tan Zhu Tu" (探珠圖)or "Tanzhu" Picture. This is a reference to the four-character idiom, "Tan li de zhu" (探驪得珠), which literally means to "To grab the pearl of wisdom from right under the black dragon's jaws". As an idiom, though, it is used to praise a student whose composition has expressed the very essence of its theme.

I couldn't find any other work of this title by Zhou Xiaosong, but I gained an impression from several other works by Zhou seen in the midst of my research that he was capable of much better art than is expressed in this plaque. Perhaps Rat and others who may know the artist can comment on this aspect, but it is my feeling that you may have an attribution to Zhou by another artist. The following links lead to a couple of his works:

I also include an impromptu translation of his brief biography found online:

Zhou Xiaoxun (周筱松) also called "Ding" (鼎) and Xiaosong (筱松), was a Sichuan native. His dates of birth and death are unknown. He was a famous porcelain painter during the early Republic of China and one of the founders of modern painting at Jingdezhen. Originally a well-known stone carver, he was good at Buddhas and deities such as Zhong Kui, Luohans and so on; quite vivid and lifelike. According to what the "Ludezhen History of Porcelain Arts" said: "Jingdezhen's most famous ceramic painters in the early Republic of China years, were Pan Taoyu, Wang Xiaolin and their three contemporaries, Wang Dongrong, Zhou Xiaosong (周小松) and Xu Shangli."

Best regards,

Bill H.

Subject:Re: Chinese porcelain plaque dating
Posted By: Peter Tue, Jan 08, 2019

Dear Nagy & Bill,

thank you so much for your time and help on this one. Really very much helpful.

Kind regards

Subject:Re: Chinese porcelain plaque dating
Posted By: Peter Wed, Jan 09, 2019

I did some re-search, I found very interesting link:

Subject:Re: Chinese porcelain plaque dating
Posted By: Bill H Thu, Jan 10, 2019

Thanks, those were all by the famed 18th century Qing-era painter Huang Shen.

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