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Subject:Chinese porcelain cup
Posted By: Rodolphe Fri, Sep 25, 2020 IP:


I acquired this cup duo recently.
I would like to learn more about her.
Could you help me in finding the signature and if possible give me a manufacturing period.

Thank you, kind regards

Subject:Re: Chinese porcelain cup
Posted By: Bill H Sat, Sep 26, 2020

Your Qianjiang-palette pedestal bowl has a stamped on apocryphal base-mark of "Made for the Hall for the Cultivation of Virtue' (Shen de Tang Zhi - 愼德堂製). Its inscription indicates the piece was painted in the summer of 1885, the cyclical 'Yiyou' (乙酉) year, or 11th year of the Guangxu Reign (1875-1908). The inscription is signed by the painter Zhang Ziying (張子英) and sealed with his red mark of 'Ziying' (子英). Zhang Ziying's name also appears on a list I found of Qinjiang painters active at Jingdezhen as of the 14th year of Guangxu, or 1888.

Best regards,

Bill H.

Subject:Re: Chinese porcelain cup
Posted By: Bill H Sun, Sep 27, 2020

Dear I. Nagy, If you keep reminding me enough, I'm going to remember the difference between 乙 and 己 one of these days. On another point, Shendetang was a Hall at the Summer Palace, which had been built by the Kangxi emperor (1662-1722) and was ransacked and burned in 1860 by Western troops during the 2nd Opium War.

Best regards,

Bill H.

Subject:Re: Chinese porcelain cup
Posted By: I.Nagy Sat, Sep 26, 2020

Bottom mark,
慎徳堂製 - Shendetang Made
Shendetang was the name of imperial kiln during the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Colophon (visible) part of inscriptions,
己酉夏   - In Summer of the Year of Earth-Rooster (1909)
張子英作 - Made by Zhang Ziying
子英    - Ziying

Zhang Ziying was a court painter in the late Qing Dynasty and worked at the imperial kiln too.

I think your cup is an imitation.
On the net you can find a lot of pictures on originals from him.

With regards,
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