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Subject:Chinese porcelain plaque
Posted By: William Spencer Thu, Nov 28, 2019 IP: 2600:100f:b10a:dedb:

We have this Chinese porcelain plaque that I believe came out of something, perhaps a screen... I would be most grateful if someone could help me identify its age and anything from the writing.

Kind Regards,


Link :Chinese Plaque

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.

Best regards,

Bill H.

Subject:Re: Chinese porcelain plaque
Posted By: Mark Adams Fri, Nov 29, 2019

Hi William,
Based on the paste and the enamels I would place your item as late 19th, early 20th century.
Can't help with the calligraphy, however it appears not to be from a well known artist etc.
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