Subject:Re: Strange mark on porcelain plate
Posted By: Bill H Wed, Jul 22, 2020
If you flip the photo 90 degrees to the left, I believe that mark would read down and across from the top right as 'Made during the Daoguang Reign of the Great Qing Dynasty' (大清道光年製 - Da qing dao guang nian zhi) in a grotesque version of seal script. Actually, I can make out only the first five characters and for the last one am trusting one of my references that shows a similar mark with a translation. I also can't recall ever seeing a six-character Daoguang mark that didn't end in Zhi.
The two characters etched into the glaze are Wen (文), a surname that also means 'Literature' or 'Elegance', and the other is Wang (王), also a surname, that means 'King' or 'Ruler'. The story I've heard is that these are put there by the owners for ID purposes.