Subject:Re: Chinese porcelain plaque
Posted By: Bill H Fri, Nov 29, 2019
I want to say up front that this is a stretch, because much of the inscription isn't clear. What I can see or reasonably guess at begins at the lower right and reads upward to the left as:
"(SEAL ?云兔年?)弘治元年天都官?李华大吉祥軒??(SEAL - 天都)" (SEAL ?Yun tu nian?) Hong zhi yuan nuan tian du guan ? li hua da ji xiang xuan ? ? (SEAL: Tian Du)
SEAL: Cloud rabbit? year?
Hongzhi yuannian = First year of the (Ming) Hongzhi Reign or 1488
Tiandu, meaning "Celestial Capital", may refer to a mountainof the same name in the Huangshan Range of Anhui Province.
Guan is an 'Official'
Li Hua may be the name or partial name of an official, presuming I've read it correctly
Dajixiang Xuan means the 'Highly auspicious pavilion'. Not sure if it pertains, buy I got a hit on it as an apparent literary clearing house for poetry that is or was in Guangzhou (formerly Canton)
(Two unclear characters)
SEAL: 'Celestial Capital'
The motif is the "Tiger-taming Arhat". Painting style looks Chinese to me, possibly late Republic.
Again, these characters and the translation are tenuous.