Subject:Re: Republic era flowers panel - what does the seal say?
Posted By: Bill H Fri, Nov 08, 2019
The mark reads "Jurentang zhi" (居仁堂製), "Made for the Hall where Benevolence Resides". The style of the mark on your plaque is quite similar to others associated with the short, 80-day reign of the Hongxian Emperor between 1915-1916. Hongxian was the non-dynastic Imperial reign title taken by Republic of China general and statesman Yuan Shikai after the Chinese National Assembly petititioned him on 11 December 1915. The Jurentang was his official residence (see wikipedia.org for more detailed information).
Virtually all Jurentang marks like this one can only be dated to cira 1915-1916. Author (and forum member) Anthony J. Allen notes that Hongxian only allegedly ordered porcelain with this (and other) marks, and that porcelains with it are said to have been produced circa 1930. In any event, many of these Jurentang porcelains are quite fine, your plaque seemingly among them. However, it will need to be examined hands-on by experts even to verify whether it is a Republic-era product, in my opinion.
Below are a forum link and some pictures of items with the same mark from my collection files. They both appear to have been made within a few years of the Hongxian reign. The famous European collector Georg Weishaupt had a pair of garlic-head bottle vases in the same millefleurs pattern with bird & flower panels, but the marks on them had been ground off.
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