Subject:Re: Rice Bowl Marks translation
Posted By: Bill H Thu, Mar 19, 2020
Written within the bottom rim is 'Ruo Shen Zhen Cang' (若深珍藏), 'Precious Collection of the seemingly old', a mark used since the Kangxi period (1662-1722). This doesn't mean that whatever bears the mark is as old. It is No. 1796 in Gerald Davison's 'The New & Revised Handbook of Marks on Chinese Ceramics'.
The repeating designs surrounding the rim are stylized 'Shou' (壽) longevity characters and comprise decorative components.
'Ruo Shen Zhen Cang' marks originally were used on 'Official Old Ware', which category of porcelains were copies of Ming and other famous imperial patterns remade under commissions by Kangxi-period aristocrats who were forbidden to possess Imperial Kangxi porcelains not given to them by the Emperor himself.