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Subject:Four character mark on Chinese Saucer
Posted By: JJ Sat, Nov 12, 2022 IP:

Good Day Forum,
Can someone translate the mark on the base of a blue and white saucer dish.
Thanks in advance

Subject:Re: Four character mark on Chinese Saucer
Posted By: Bill H Sun, Nov 13, 2022

These Chinese characters aren't written in much of a standard style but seem to read down and across from the top right when I squint long enough as (Pi Yuan Mao Zhi - 披源茂製), wherein "Pi/披 doesn't appear to be a personal name (and also comes in a variant form "㓟"). I would translate it in context from character definitions in the Matthews Chinese-English Dictionary" (1943 Edition) and online Unihan Database as "Made by the Spreading Source of Luxury". Other suggestions welcome.

I couldn't find any previous reference to this mark in the forum data base, elsewhere online or Gerald Davison's book of "Marks on Chinese Ceramics" (2021 edition). Your omission of images of the saucer's form and overall decoration precludes more meaningful comment here, except to note that the dragon scales are in the "dot & crosshatch" style that was not common until the Mid-19th century and later. Unless I've read some of the characters wrong, the lack of any references found to the mark on this saucer suggests it likely was made in the late 20th century.

Good luck,

Bill H.

Subject:Re: Four character mark on Chinese Saucer
Posted By: JJ Tue, Nov 15, 2022

Bill H, thank you very much for the insightful and thorough response, much appreciated.
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