Subject:Re: Porcelaine Blue bowl - help identify
Posted By: Bill H Tue, Mar 05, 2019
This looks to be a Japanese bowl with motif of the "three friends of winter" (pine, prunus and bamboo) and a very apocryphal (shown upside down) Ming mark of "Made during the Chenghua reign" ("Seika nensei" in Japanese). I say "very" apocryphal because the characters look as if they were created by an aspiring Modigliani who was drunk on sake. At least they do not coincide with any Japanese renditions of apocryphal Chenghua marks that I could locate online or in my best online reference, James Lord Bowes' "Japanese Marks & Seals in Literature and the Arts". I have enough doubts about the bowl's antiquity to think it probably is an almost brand new utilitarian piece.
That's my story, and I'm sticking to it, at least until the Japanese experts arrive.