Subject:Iron red & gilt wine cup and cover
Posted By: GerryG Thu, Oct 31, 2019 IP: 188.8.131.52
I'd appreciate comments and feedback on this wine cup and cover both carrying an underglaze blue six character qianlong seal mark. Question being is this of the period and inspecting the cup and cover, I have some reason to be optimistic though also some reasons for concern. Overall the form, palette and potting seem ok. The brown rim is of the period and the foot rim on both look of the period. The subject matter and illustration seem good and early qianlong, not too busy and a period depiction of the dragon/foo dog seem right. Now on the down side, the glaze seems quite lustrous and thick though I might be a little critical with this, The seal mark is good in some respects, cobalt has a good hue and is hand drawn though the positioning is a little off centre which would always have me worried. Also there are some anomalies with the actual seal it self, the character DA has no nubbin on top and whilst this is a bit unusual, I have seen genuine marks drawn in the same manner. The water radical looks quite different, drawn with one line instead of the usual broken three. Overall the glaze on both pieces is white and quite pure with minimal occlusions which seem to fit with the period. I add up all the facts and they lead me to hope rather than certainty and if not of the period when might the cup and cover have been made considering they have obvious age.
Thanks for looking,