Subject:Re: Request help identifying the mark on this Chinese plate
Posted By: Bill H Wed, Jan 22, 2020
The dish is decorated in an average quality iron red version of the "Three Abundances", consisting of Peaches, Pomegranates and Buddha Hand citrons", with three bats and a long life symbol thrown in. The mark, shown on its right side, looks to be 'Zhang Fuxing Zao' (張復興造), 'Made by Zhang Fuxing'. I dredged up some vestigial index hits on Google indicating Zhang was a Jingdezhen porcelain artist of the Republic Period (1912-1949). I'd say that's correct and add that the dish probably was made late in the period, when things in China were deteriorating due to the civil war. Mostly of decorative value without great intrinsic worth in such a piece, which may have been made for sale in the domestic and Southeast Asian markets and restaurants therein.
Here are a couple of photos of a somewhat neater, albeit damaged 5.5-inch dish in the same palette and pattern with a four-character base-mark of 'Daoguang nian zhi' (道光年製) 'Made during the Daoguang Reign' (1821-50), and possibly of the period (at least the mark looks similar to what's on other period dishes I've come across, including in Tony Allen's latest book on detection of fakes.