Dating Chinese Porcelain, learn about the feet too visually!
Learning how to date Chinese porcelains requires a solid understanding of many elements that makes up a piece. From shapes, to glazes, marks, colors, painting styles and those unglazed foot rims. In this post we're going to focus on the later. Including examples from the later Ming Dynasty to the late Qing Dynasty.
It's not all you need to know of course, but knowing them will give you a strong indicator of an object's true age. If the foot isn't right for the period being suggested or represented, then neither is the piece 99% of the time. The appearance of the foot is final confirmation good or bad after looking at the rest of the example. This is the one area the copyists and fakers have been so far unable to replicate accurately, though they do come very close at times. Just not close enough.
Steven Danser says
Wonderful! This helps tremendously to clear up some questions for me. Much appreciate your efforts in the area of training others!
Timothy Bertrand says
Great photos thanks! My question is what exactly am I looking for with regard to foot rims?
Very helpful. Thank you for sharing your knowlege.
Thank you once again Peter! You are truly an inspiration in helping educate collectors, scholars, appraisers and dealers. Thank you so much for sharing your vast knowledge and and inspiring all of us to learn, teach and share!
tony bonn says
i cannot say enough positive things about these types of tutorials. i hope that you find the time to produce others which cover technical aspects of the porcelain such as glaze, enamel, form – anything to help enlighten about chinese porcelains across the centuries.