Subject:Re: Identifying a seal of a porcelain flambe glaze bowl
Posted By: Bill H Thu, Dec 05, 2019
I found through further searching that there is an entity at Shiwan called the 'Boyun Pottery Factory' (Bo yun tao fang - 博雲陶坊), which makes a variety of sculpted art pottery (see image of mark below and two auction links to paste in your browser).
Presuming it was written in ancient form, I'd read the mark on your originally posted Guanyin piece down and across from the right as '博陶雲藝' (Bo Tao Yun Yi). However, what I've learned since then makes me think the seal should have been read across from right to left in two horizontal lines as '博雲陶藝' (Boyun Tao yi), 'Abundant Clouds Porcelain Art'.
The new photos of a similar vase or censer also appears to be readable in two horizontal lines from right to left from the top. In this manner the seal would read as '博雲陶品' (Bo yun tao pin), 'Boyun pottery product'.
Whatever the case, the first link below shows the name 'Boyun Pottery Factory' (博雲陶坊 - Boyun Taofang) is included in normal modern reading format in the auction title. However, it also shows the seal on the item (a lotus bowl with frog on rim) is read properly in ancient form down and across from the top right.
The second link below doesn't show a seal but indicates in the title that the ornamental box being auctioned is a 1990s-vintage piece by the 'Boyun Pottery Factory' (Bo yun tao fang - 博雲陶坊) and bears a seal of 'Boyun Fine Product' (Bo yun jing pin - 博雲精品).
This pottery producer is still in business, if you can believe the internet. There's a listing for them at the following website.
The site has a link for commentators, one of whom left the information below the address:
Location: Shiwan, Gaomiao Road 5 - 24
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 09:00-18:00
This is the shop of provincial art master Luo Chuan (羅傳, his works mainly are based on natural looking flowers, fish and insects and plants, entirely different from the traditional small doll-like figurines made in Shiwan.
Hopefully this will give you something more to go on for awhile. I googled the address and note that there were at least a couple of porcelain 'pavilions' (studios) in the location. It may be that my speculation of an earlier factory going out of business may have been an overestimation, and they just underwent reorganization.