Subject:Re: imari cat
Posted By: Bill H Mon, Feb 27, 2017
This is a circa late 20th century or subsequent Chinese decorative kitty painted in the Imari style, likely at a porcelain ornamentation factory in Hong Kong. In fact, the character on its side to the left of the mark, as shown, is 香 (Xiang - "fragrant"), which is the first character in the Chinese rendition of Hong Kong (Xianggang - 香港 - "Fragrant Harbor". The main mark itself has a Mandarin reading of "Qian Yi Tang Zhen Cang Pin" (謙益堂珍藏品), or "Object from the Precious Collection of the Hall of Beneficial Humility"
The Hong Kong factory that probably painted your cat also makes other transfer-decorated wares under a mark of "Yi Qian Tang Long Nian Zhi" (義謙堂龍年製), meaning "Made in the year of the Dragon for the Hall of Righteous Modesty" (or humility). When two Chinese porcelain products have similar marks like this, it often signifies they were made at the same factory or different ones under the same or family ownership.
The aforementioned marks have been discussed in the forum previously if you'd like to search the archive.