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Help identifying 6 marks, reign? years?
do not know anything about Chinese ceramics and have a teapot with 6 markings on the bottom which I googled might be a reign mark?
Can someone tell me what these markings mean, year(s) and how to know if this might be a reproduction? Thank you for any information you can provide me.
Hi Sandee - and welcome to this great forum ...
Reading vertically from the top right character to bottom left, this six-character mark reads:- 'Da Ming Wan Li Nian Zhi', or 'Great Ming Wan Li period made'. This is the Imperial reign mark of the Ming Emperor Wanli who ruled China between 1573-1619 ...
Unfortunately from the images posted the painting style, blue/glaze tone and the overall writing of the mark would indicate this piece was not made during that period, but very much later ...
Hi Sandee -
Just for reference - attached image for comparison ...
Your teapot is copying a known type that was made during the reign of the Ming Emperor Jiajing, who ruled between 1522-1566 ...
Such pieces are fairly rare, this one is in the British Museum, London ...
Thank you for being so thorough, fascinating. I knew it wouldn't be my luck to have something of value. I appreciate your time and hopefully others will also learn from this thread.
Everything after Ming could be much later and if it is a tribute mark from the late 19th or early 20th, could it not have value? Granted, if it is a recent fake, it would not have value, but how do you tell a recent fake from a tribute piece from the late 19th or early 20th century? Here is a learning opportunity from our experienced members. I am not one, welcome to this great classroom.
@sharonp It’s modern. The foot rim curves smoothly into the bottom and the bottom itself looks pristine. We could talk about form, glaze etc. but looking at the foot is often sufficient.
@ming1449 Stuart, I’m amazed how you always find a fitting picture. To me it looked like a fancy product.
@shinigami Thank you, I will watch the video on foot rims and bases again and Sandee if you have not watched it yet, it is a good video. I believe that video is still highlighted on the Bidamount blog page or list of educational materials. Sandee, do not be discouraged, many have bought items with 'decorative' value only. I have had Peter appraise a couple that turned out to be 'decorative' value only, keep searching, because I have had him appraise some that turned out to be the real deal. Birgit, Stuart, as always, thank you for sharing your knowledge.
Hi Birgit -
Thank you ...
I’am very fortunate to have built a small, focused, library - attached image - over 30 years ...
Most are Yuan/Ming blue and white, with some enamel, publications, a few Song on Ru, Guan & Ge wares, Transitional and Monochromes, a few general and exhibitions. Also auction catalogues, both general and one owner, some back to the 70’s ...
Hi Stuart, I’m envious. So many books and even Chinese ones! JE Nilsson recommends to spend 10% in books, a good advice I think.
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