Subject:Re: Chinese Vase
Posted By: Bill H Tue, Aug 27, 2013
I've downloaded Three groups of pictures and a link for your information. The link is to the list of Qianlong period reign marks posted on a prominent internet antique gallery specializing in high quality Chinese porcelain. Study the marks and you'll note that the only four-character mark besides those in seal-script characters (zhuanshu) is in overglaze blue clerical script, and all of the six-character standard-script marks are in underglaze blue within double circles. There are none shown in four-character overglaze red standard-script characters (kaishu), although some Palace Museum catalogs record some in clerical script, but they inevitably are within square borders.
The first group of pictures is of a 19th century Guangxu-period famille rose jar with a handpainted mille fleurs motif on black ground. The base has a handwritten Qianlong six-character standard-script mark. Notice how clearly it is written, whereas the mark on the base of yours was applied unevenly from the start, due to lopsided pressure on the stamp. This may have caused some burn-off of iron pigment in the kiln, and subsequent uneven wear, so that some strokes can hardly be seen. Further, the mark is small for the size of the vase, an error that would have been unlikely in the 18th century, when the use of reign marks by private kilns was tightly controlled by the palace.
The second group of pictures is of a Guangxu mark & period bowl. This group and the other should help you see the difference between hand-enameled and richly textured decoration as compared to the unevenly applied, thinly colored transfer wares. The difference should be even more apparent between your vase and the third group of pictures, which is a piece of imperial porcelain made for a hall at the Summer Palace.
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