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Re: Any info on this Chinese Mark on lid bowl

Posted By: Bill H
Posted Date: Nov 19, 2016 (01:23 PM)

Rat, I'm really relieved somebody else could sort out all that seal script. I was about to wear out a new pair of glasses squinting at it.

I checked Gerald Davison's 2013 edition of "The New & Revised Handbook of Marks on Chinese Ceramics" and could find no trace of the mark or maker there.

The form of the piece is a bit odd in that the knop on its lid is bowl-shaped. Late 19th-early 20th century covered bowls of this type, which are called "Kat Mau" by Straits and other ethnic Chinese around Southeast Asia, almost always have tapered knops of the kind seen in the first of two photos below of a Guangxu mark & Period piece. I checked the Ho Wing Meng book on 'Straits Chinese Porcelain', which shows a multitude of antique Kat Mao, all of which seem to have the tapered knops.

The glaze on Tom's jar appears whiter and more perfect than the Guangxu piece, which has typical small imperfections showing on its base. The Dragon & Phoenix motif on Tom's bowl has an essential appearance more or less in common with the jardinière shown in the last picture, which has what appears to be a circa 1915-16 period Presidential Palace mark of "Made for the Hall where Benevolence Resides"(Jurentang Zhi). However, considering the glaze, the unusual knop and unevenness of painting on Tom's bowl, I would venture an opinion that the piece probably dates quite late in the Republic Period or even the early People's Republic era.

Best regards,

Bill H.

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