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Subject:Chinese porcelain
Posted By: Kelli Knight Wed, Oct 28, 2020 IP: 2600:8803:b200:d05:7

Can anyone tell me anything about this piece, what the symbols say, and if at all possible if this is authentic?

Thank you

Subject:Re: Chinese porcelain
Posted By: Jonathan Thu, Oct 29, 2020

Hello, Mark is Guangxu period and it is likely that it is the first half of the 20th century. So later Guangxu or possibly into the early Republic period.

Subject:Re: Chinese porcelain
Posted By: Bill H Thu, Oct 29, 2020

The mark reads down and across from the top right as 'Made during the (Ming) Chenghua Reign' (Cheng hua nian zhi - 成化年製). The reign-period Chenghua marks were usually within circular or square borders, but marks like this one are known to have been reproduced on porcelains of the late Ming and ensuing early Qing years, as well as during the Qing Guangxu reign (1875-1908) and Republic period (1912-49). After reviewing my China Mainland-published directory of historical porcelain markings, your jar may be an early Qing 'Minyao' (popular kiln) product, dating to circa 1700-1736 (late Kangxi-Yongzheng years) in my opinion.

Best regards,

Bill H.

Subject:Re: Chinese porcelain
Posted By: Kelli Thu, Oct 29, 2020

Thank you all for the information and your time. This is the most information I have received about this piece. I’m keeping this piece but if I were to sell, what would be the least amount you would sell this for, in you’re opinion? Again, thank you all very much.

Subject:Re: Chinese porcelain
Posted By: mark Fri, Oct 30, 2020

While the mark reads Ming period it is actaully Guangxu or Republic period. The mark, foot, and color of the blue all point to a period after 1900.

Subject:Re: Chinese porcelain
Posted By: Bill H Sat, Oct 31, 2020

My guess was based in part on the more narrow shape of the ginger jar (like the unmarked Yongzheng example shown below), the character of its kiln flaws, the relatively clean look of the biscuit on its foot, and lack of grit around its inner foot, which was a lingering problem from the Taiping Rebellion damage to Jingdezhen for many Guangxu-period kilns there. I can't tell much difference in the colors between the blues shown on this jar and those of some other Kangxi items I've owned, including the berry bowl shown below. The Chenghua mark of four characters was used throughout the late Ming and Qing period in various styles. But like most photo-based judgments given here, it's speculative without hands-on examination.

Best regards,

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