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Reverse Decorated Sacrificial Blue Large Bowl
I need help with the seal mark on the bottom of this bowl. From what I have researched it looks like an Imperial Mark.
I don't know which way up the mark is, in the photo it lookd sideways on, but it does not look like a reign mark - the bottom left character on the photo seems to be 'shan' - mountain , which is unusual to find on a chinese piece. My feeling is this a modern Japanese bowl, or a modern Chinese piece with a local kiln mark
Tam is on the right track spotting the character for mountain and also I see a character “Tao” for porcelain. It is not an imperial mark, but rather a maker or kiln mark.
character for mountain
the image above does not have shorted outside lines, they are all three the same length. I will do my best to get a clearer image of the mark as it is very tricky to do....
Thanks for your feedback, much appreciated!
Seal marks, as on your bowl, are highly stylised and the characters can be written in what looks to be very varied ways. One reason is that the seal characters are archaic and seals are 'carved' as they would be on a stone surface, rather than cursively written or painted with a brush.
Another reason is that name seals are personalised , like a signature, so it identifies one person who may have the same name as another. So the character for mountain 'shan' may be carved slightly differently, but the stroke count, and the stroke order is the same, even if the relative stroke lengths etc are different.
There is no other character which is similar to, or could be mistaken for, the one above for mountain.
I agree, this looks modern and could be Japanese.
Wouldn't it be unusual for a genuinely old Chinese bowl of this type to have a blue-glazed base? In my meagre experience of these items, the bases are white.
I’m guessing it’s modern and inspired by famous reverse-decorated Ming pieces.
The characters within seal marks are extended to fill in the squares which explains the extended Shan side strokes.
I am researching extensively to decipher the script. I am just curious what it reads even if it is a modern piece. This bowl was given to us by my wife's mother 10 years ago in which she got it from a couple that moved to Central America in the Early 90's. They had the bowl on display in their home. My Mother-in-Law said that they had several antique porcelains and asked her to pick out her favorite one for helping them get packed for the move. This was a gift, of course to her. We have always used the bowl to hold crafting supplies since we got it. I came across an article with a plate that looked similar, it being rare, caught my attention. So research and a clear understanding will rest my curiosity.
Thanks to all for the great information!
Tried my best to help and looks like seal character on bottom right is “Wan” meaning “ten thousand”
I believe the entire seal is a maker’s mark reading “Chung Wan Tao Ci Shan ___” Can’t quote make out last word bottom left but the best translation I can come up with is:
“Made at Chung Wan Porcelain Mountain”
At least that is the general meaning in the rough. I know you were intent on finding the meaning so hope this helps.
Thanks George! I finally was able to get some more images uploaded and a better image of the mark.
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