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Subject:3 Taoist Immortals Chalkware Figures
Posted By: Mary Wed, Sep 30, 2020 IP: 2600:8801:8803:ef00:

I just bought these at an estate auction and have identified them (L to R) as Zhongli Quan, Zhang Guo Lao, and I think He Xiangi. I'm hoping someone can identify the stamp and give me an idea as to their maker and age. The mark is small and hard to photograph, but if unreadable, I'll try again. Thank you so much. .

Subject:Re: 3 Taoist Immortals Chalkware Figures
Posted By: mary Thu, Oct 01, 2020

Here are the photos







Subject:Re: 3 Taoist Immortals Chalkware Figures
Posted By: Bill H Fri, Oct 02, 2020

The markings on your slip-cast figures of Immortals say 'Fujian Huiguan (福建會館), the Fujian Association, a group of accomplished porcelain sculptors working at Jingdezhen in the early Republic period Please see the link below for further of my comments on this subject, plus an illustration that was meant to show why neither that example of porcelain with such marks nor the figures you have shown can be called 'Mark and of the period'.

FYI, the first two names you've looked up appear to be correct, and the third likely is Han Xiangzi (韓湘子), the flute-player among the Eight Immortals.

URL Title :Fujian Huiguan


Subject:Re: 3 Taoist Immortals Chalkware Figures
Posted By: Mary Sat, Oct 03, 2020

Bill Thank you for your informative response, I appreciate it greatly. When you say "... neither that example of porcelain with such marks nor the figures you have shown can be called 'Mark and of the period." am I correct that you are saying you beleive these are reproductions? Again, thank you.

Subject:Re: 3 Taoist Immortals Chalkware Figures
Posted By: Bill H Sun, Oct 04, 2020

'Reproduction' isn't particularly apt here, because the figures aren't fakes of anything that would qualify for a copyright lawsuit, and faux marks of all kinds have been a fact of life for centuries in China because, in my opinion, most people who can read the marks find them likable and take them for granted, and people who can't read them presumably bought the marked pieces because they enjoyed them for their decorative art's sake.

In other words, what you have are modern takes on ancestral emperor figurines with a non-period mark that is simply part of the decoration.

Best regards,

Bill H.


Subject:Re: 3 Taoist Immortals Chalkware Figures
Posted By: mary Mon, Oct 05, 2020

Thank you Bill.

Subject:Re: 3 Taoist Immortals Chalkware Figures
Posted By: Mary Fri, Oct 02, 2020

Another photograph of mark.




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