Subject:Re: any help with translation in a bowl ... tks
Posted By: Bill H Sat, Aug 24, 2019
Your basin has a cyclical date in the inscription, which mentions the autumn of 1911 and the Jingdezhen neighbor city of Changjiang, where a lot of porcelain factories were located. Incidentally, the fall of 1911 was a momentous time because of the October 10 or "Double-Ten" Xinhai Revolutiion that ended the Qing Dynasty).
The red stamp you wiped off was the "Jianding" (export inspection seal), which some associate with the authentication of antiquity but actually attests only to the fact that the item has no inherent characteristics that would require protection from export under China's patrimonial laws.
The classic cavetto motif of maidens in a garden setting is in the Qianjiang (Qian River) palette, featuring pale enamel colors that were popularized by artists of the Qianjiang School in the late 19th-early-20th century. It's somewhat difficult to say whether the pattern seen here is painted or laid down by transfers, which were being used in China for the first time on a large commercial scale in the early 20th century. My qualms in the latter direction center on the black delineation of the robes, which shows a lot of skipping in the center, but I suppose this also could be from normal wear and tear that a basin tends to accrue.