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Subject:help with mark on celadon, chinese?
Posted By: MB Mon, Sep 21, 2020 IP: 2804:14c:36:8d46:c59

This 3 marks are from 3 different small celadon plates. Any help will be very much appreciated.


Subject:Re: help with mark on celadon, chinese?
Posted By: Bill H Tue, Sep 22, 2020

The bottom image is another Jiaqing mark, albeit upside down. The other two I can only guess at and probably will come out wrong on the first one, which somewhat resembles 'Long Xing' (隆興), 'Great Prosperity'. I found a Chinese-language blog which mentioned a Song dynasty vase that had these two characters in a marking, but these first two images show early Qing factory marks, in my opinion. I'm a bit more certain of the middle mark, which appears to be 'Sheng You' (生又), which could be translated as 'Keep on producing!'.

Perhaps others have better ideas about the first mark, but a lot of these things remain untranslatable, like a barcode on a box of cereal nowadays.

Best regards,

Bill H.

Subject:Re: help with mark on celadon, chinese?
Posted By: Edmund Prinz Tue, Sep 22, 2020

The first two marks look like the painter was in a bad hurry; they are not properly centered nor angled - he would have been struck in the head by his supervisor if those marks were supposed to represent anything important - the third mark ( perhaps he got struck on the head before... ) looks like being copied according to template by someone who didn´t know what this scribble means and how to paint it properly.
(...not too much pressure, so perhaps no one can see where i started...should i connect those lines...?... d´oh! )
Greetings Edmund

Subject:Re: help with mark on celadon, chinese?
Posted By: Larry Wed, Sep 23, 2020

This mark is on a wintergreen bowl, a 19thc common type of ware exported or sold by stores supplying workers from Toysan or Josan coming to Gum San (North America).
The lower mark is an owner's ID mark, chipped into the porcelain. These marks are usually something to do with fortune or prosperity in Gum San. | Associations | Articles | Exhibitions | Galleries |