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Subject:Chinese Vase
Posted By: Ben hill Fri, Nov 12, 2021 IP:

Can someone please identify my Chinese vase and if its genuine thanks Ben

Subject:Re: Chinese Vase
Posted By: Mark Adams Mon, Nov 15, 2021

Hi Ben,
A interesting vase. I have looked at this a few times before posting my opinion.
I think based on your limited images it's highly probable to be from the late guangxu period 1875-1908 to early republic period.
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Subject:Re: Chinese Vase
Posted By: I.Nagy Tue, Nov 16, 2021

It is a square vase with two interlaced hydra ears, decorated with enamelled flowers and birds.
Bottom marking,
知足常樂 - Contentment brings happiness
Probably Jingdezhen product.

With regards,

Subject:Re: Chinese Vase
Posted By: Bill H Tue, Nov 16, 2021

The four-character red mark on the bottom of this vase reads "知足常樂" (zhīzúchánglè), with the idiomatic meaning of "Satisfied with what one has". Other readings are "Enough is as good as a feast" and "You may go farther and fare worse".

I scanned the mark online, including on the website and also reviewed the latest Gerald Davison book of "Marks on Chinese Ceramics" without finding other examples of it on Chinese porcelain. This suggests to me the vase may be a newer product than Mark suspects based on the limited information available, perhaps post-Japanese invasion, mid-1930s-1940s or early post-WWII.

Below I've downloaded a photo of the type of high quality dish that Jingdezhen was making in the ducks pattern before the Japanese army began their incursions into China in 1931. The mark on its backside uses the Republic transliteration of the Jiangxi provincial name.

Best regards,

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