Subject:Re: Tongzhi Lidded Jar
Posted By: Peter Sat, Aug 08, 2020
Many thanks indeed for sharing your observations and very interesting comments.
I must admit that the slightly stiff characters on the jar definately lack the animation and vibrancy shown on your period piece. Furthermore, the facial features seem to lack any individuality, with the result that the characters almost seem to be cloned. It now appears to me (after further deliberation) that the artist seems to be going through the motions of painting a typical scene in Tongzhi style - if you see what I mean.
Although the design and condition of the jar do appeal to me, I have decided to pass on this one and in future consider only (supposed) Tongzhi pieces that are marked.
It is indeed very satisfying to be able to continually acquire knowledge so as be better equipped when evaluating a prospective purchase. However, as a novice collector of some ten months or so, this collecting Chinese porcelain lark doesn't get any easier !!
Nevertheless, thanks again to the kind assistance of experts like yourself and your colleagues, I'll soldier on in the quest to improve my modest, but growing collection !!
Wishing you guys all the very best,