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Subject:Need translation, identifying marks and date if possible
Posted By: Anita Sat, Apr 27, 2019 IP:

I have this beautiful teapot that I would like more information about.

Thank you in advance!

Subject:Re: Need translation, identifying marks and date if possible
Posted By: Bill H Sun, Apr 28, 2019

Your teapot, with an apparent infuser to hold tea leaves for tabletop brewing, appears to be a late 20th century product of one of the ceramics ornamentation factories in Hong Kong or Macao. The base has a faux six-character seal script mark of "Made during the Qianlong Reign of the Great Qing Dynasty" (Da Qing Qianlong Nian Zhi - 大清乾隆年製). The inscription, also applied by the transfer method, appears to be a poem bearing on the decorative theme and accompanied by other faux imperial seals. All of this is simply another part of the decoration, which you already appreciate, but has no implications regarding the age or nominal intrinsic value of your contemporary-era product.

FYI, the crackle glaze suggests the pot may be soft-paste porcelain, which was kiln-fired at lower temperatures than "high-fired" true porcelain and sometimes poses health risks not present in pots made of the latter. Circa the 1970s the makers of Hong Kong and Macao decorative products started adding labels warning of dangerous levels of lead. As such, your teapot is better used for viewing enjoyment than brewing tea until proof is available of exactly when the piece was made.

Best regards,

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