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Subject:Strange mark on porcelain plate
Posted By: Tony Tue, Jul 21, 2020 IP: 98.152.172.26

Dear friends,
It is a strange mark on an old looking porcelain plate!
I would really appreciate your time and kind help!!!
Best,
Tony



Subject:Re: Strange mark on porcelain plate
Posted By: Bill H Wed, Jul 22, 2020

If you flip the photo 90 degrees to the left, I believe that mark would read down and across from the top right as 'Made during the Daoguang Reign of the Great Qing Dynasty' (大清道光年製 - Da qing dao guang nian zhi) in a grotesque version of seal script. Actually, I can make out only the first five characters and for the last one am trusting one of my references that shows a similar mark with a translation. I also can't recall ever seeing a six-character Daoguang mark that didn't end in Zhi.

The two characters etched into the glaze are Wen (文), a surname that also means 'Literature' or 'Elegance', and the other is Wang (王), also a surname, that means 'King' or 'Ruler'. The story I've heard is that these are put there by the owners for ID purposes.

Best regards,

Bill H.

Subject:Re: Strange mark on porcelain plate
Posted By: Tony Thu, Jul 23, 2020

Dear Bill H.,
Thank you so very much for your precious time and kind help providing very detailed translation and interesting fact about the marks! I really appreciate it!
Best,
Tony

Subject:Re: Strange mark on porcelain plate
Posted By: Jonathan Wed, Jul 22, 2020

The mark is Daoguang 1821-50, but the plate appears to be much later from what I can see. Also the incised dot markings are usually on relatively new pieces or pieces of little value. The mark itself is fairly crude. Regards, Jack

Subject:Re: Strange mark on porcelain plate
Posted By: Tony Thu, Jul 23, 2020

Dear Jack,
Your input on the mark and plate is greatly appreciated!
I do agree with your assessment that who would put marks on precious pieces :)
Thank you very much!
Best,
Tony


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