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Subject:Little cup info.
Posted By: Jordan Olafsen Tue, Aug 06, 2019 IP: 2001:569:7c83:6f00:3

This is a little cup it’s size is about 2.5 inches high by 3 inch round. Any info would be great. Is it Chinese or Japanese porcelain? Thanks

Subject:Re: Little cup info.
Posted By: Bill H Wed, Aug 07, 2019

The marking appears to be "香品" (xiang pin), meaning "Superior Product", literally "Fragrant Product" in Chinese mandarin. I found it used as a trade name and descriptive term for Mainland China and Taiwan tea and related ceramics. Nothing recognizable turned up for ceramics when I queried the characters for possible Japanese associations. Other Japan-related hits were mostly about incense and fragrant woods.

So the best evidence would seem to weigh in favor of your cup being fairly modern Chinese and perhaps used for tea or tea preparation. On the other hand, the style of the mark and cup mostly resemble Japanese ware, in my opinion. If that is the case, the mark may be pronounced "kohin", among other possibilities. The truth is out there somewhere.

Best regards,

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