Subject:Re: Xuande markings on brass vase
Posted By: Bill H Tue, Jan 25, 2022
This brass or bronze vase vase is a 20th century or later reproduction with a Ming Xuande mark that typically would have been copied through the lost wax method from another mark that itself was not true to a Ming original.
Any time you see one of these marks with the "De" (virtue) character "德" (with a horizontal line between the 'eyes' and the 'heart'), then the piece is not Ming. The "De" character used during that dynasty was "徳", without the line. But keep in mind, the latter character was carried over by the Japanese and remains the preferred variant in use in that country until the present day.