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Pair of panel (framed)
In my opinion these fencai plaques are modern. Date wise as suggested by George as 1996 (if not later) and not 1936.
The quality is OK but not excellent as in mastery. The size is also good. I am guessing that they are about 30-40cm in length etc.
Depending on why you want to buy them. Whether for decorative value or possible resale?
Personally, I would not buy these. The reason is very simple. There are countless amounts of these types of plaques being produced very quickly. Most are just average quality whereas some are of very high quality etc. They are being sold at very attractive prices etc.
There are from time to time much better genuine republic period plaques by masters/others available at very reasonable prices due to the fact that most buyers are very cautious about buying them because they are often faked. I see about 100 porcelain plaques a week. Most likened to be republic or earlier. However from what I have seen so far more than 80% were/are modern in my opinion.
Even the big boys tend to side on caution with republican period plaques. They tend to state '20th Century' rather than other unless they have provenance etc. They tend to not examine them in finer detail (just my observation in recent sales/purchases etc). It is here that you may bag yourself a bargain by a master/other. Sotheby's late last year sold a beautiful stunning plaque, genuine and listed as such by Master He Xuren (1882-1940)for US$3500 plus BP. A very attractive price imo. In the right environment same plaque would sell for well in excess of $10,000.
I should further add that if you are interested in Republic period plaques/other then I would highly recommend that you buy the book by Simon Kwan 'Chinese porcelain of the republic period'.
Said book, although expensive (a reprint is currently available in Hong Kong) is a valuable reference book that will certainly enhance your knowledge of said period porcelain. It certainly did for me, saving myself $3000 for a so-called Wang Qi plaque. Expertly executed but failed in the area of the masters calligraphy.
I also should add that the plaques you posted appear to be fired from a gas furnace rather than wood. They lack the tell-tale signs etc.
I agree with Mark, the pink and yellow colors look very modern. The frame is also quite new.
What worries me a bit is the way they painted the large green leaf. All in one color without much details. Good Republic painting style would look different. The book mentioned by Mark is really worth buying. Though it shows only first class pieces that most of us will probably never encounter, it can give a good feeling for the style of the time.
Thanks everyone. I liked the frames and just wanted something for the wall. I am always tempted by wall plaques but know so little. I thought the fact that the painting didn't have black outlines was a good start. I will look out for the book, Mark.
Funnily enough the bit I didn't like is that green leaf. It bothers me, it dominates without being lovely enough to have the right to do that, which I guess is pretty similar to what Birgit said. It does look better close up but as I will not spend my time looking at it from only 20 cms away, it is something I need to consider.
The other thing I didn't like was that one panel didn't fit the frame well. You can't see that straight on, but I know it would annoy me unless I could fix it. Had they been the earlier date George gives, which is probably unlikely as I agree that the flowers seem coloured in a more modern way, I might have been tempted, but I wouldn't have wanted to pay much more than has already been offered!
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