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Chinese cloisonne bottom marks
Its a cloisonne bowl, unusual marks, ARM, 1896, flag. Special order from a foreigner? I bought it today.
I don't find info on Google, I used gogle lens too but not result.
Nifty bowl. I've never seen such a thing. I would think it's rare but let's see if others know more.
À friend tell me the flag is a Qing dynasty flag but I'm not sure. I've checked Wikipedia source I don't see similar. And the date plus letters sounds occidental not chinese order.
I think it looks to be a very nice piece of from around that time, but I have been completely unable to identify the flag or the meaning of the letters.
Could the piece have been made for an international exhibition? Or for an association? The flag could be the emblem and the letters are the initials of the name.
Other than that I am stumped. Where did you get it? Did the seller make any comments about it?
Purchased from a general second-hand dealer on the internet. Without comment, he described as Asian.
Your ideas are interesting and I imagine that we are in this spirit, can be made at the beginning of the 20th century for a gift to an individual or an association indeed, that would be surprising but it reminds me of the watches offered to former employees, there engraves the name or initials, a date and others.
Usually there is the name of the company and the full period of employment. But it reminded me of it.
The bowl not having anything exceptional even if it is pretty, I do not imagine for an exhibition because they could have shown a better cloisonne.
The flag... wouldn't it be a French-Chinese cooperation? btw I really like it:)
Googled 1896 A R M flag and a world flag chart came up, did not find that particular flag, but some rather interesting flags.
Consider searching French/British/American military unit flags, also possibly colonial related flags. The colors could be a red herring toward France, which is why I'd include Britain and U.S. My quick search came up fruitless.
Armenian Revolutionary Federation was going on in the 1890s, that's what Google took me to when I placed A R M in query box, but the flag shown on Wikipedia was different. Must not have been very many of these made, so whatever it is, must be rare.😀
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