Subject:Re: Asian Cup
Posted By: Bill H Tue, Oct 20, 2020
I've been looking for an appropriate illustration for comparison and think I've found it. In my opinion, your cup probably is a contemporary Chinese product, with a four-character apocryphal mark that reads as Martin already has noted. Here's a link to and image of a '100 Boys' bowl evaluated by AAF Founder and Asian Art expert 'magna cum laude' Anthony Lee as likely made in the second half of the 20th century and possibly involving transfer decoration. Compared to your cup, the enamels are brighter and their underlying, possibly transfer-printed black tracery looks to have been created by a master artist well acquainted with the nuances of scroll painting with the brushes needed to accent form, movement, draping and other expressiveness.
The children painted on your cup are somewhat cute, but the black cartoon underneath the enamels looks like it was sketched with a pencil, not a brush, and may itself be transfer-printed. The enamels are flat compared to those of the bowl from the earlier appraisal. In my opinion, whoever decorated your boys bowl, was at best just a toddler him-or-her-self when the late 20th century bowl came along.
But only one guy's opinion.
URL Title :Chinese boys at play bowl