Subject:Re: ID and is this a fake?
Posted By: Bill H Mon, Mar 18, 2019
When it comes to base-marks on Tongzhi-period popular kiln wares, I've long sensed that the term "normal" somehow went missing from the calligrapher's lexicon. In your pedestal dish, the cavetto painting of monkeys amidst rocks and pines seems to be quite good, virtually a textbook example of Chinese perspective. Likewise, the sidewalls look to be painted in the mainstream Chinese manner.
For the most part, the blue ground and the form and characters in the mark appear to me to be "in the ballpark" with precedent. However, the "da"/大/great" character that leads off at the top right stands out like a sore thumb
I believe what may have happened is a case of calligrapher fatigue or daydreaming, wherein he began writing an incorrect character and tried to cover the mistake. I've seen the result of such a lapse before in a mark of "Made during the "Qianxu" Reign of the Great Qing Dynasty" (see image). So in this vein, I'd recommend you consider this to be a right good example of a mark & period piece, wart and all.