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Vase with red ground and foo dog(?) handles
One more piece I would like to share.
I have already seen some pieces of Hong Kong with this type of handle, dating from the middle of the 20th, but someone told me that they can also be 19th, or that even the vase can be older than the painting, which I don't have a lot of reference to analyze. Judging by the glaze and the foot I would risk early Republic, but some details do not seem to be well executed. I would like to ask again for your generous opinion.
Based on your pictures I submit its post 1960's and not republican period. The overall quality is not good in my submission. The dog handles look very sad!
A lot of these styled works have appeared on the market and peddled as late Qing period or possibly republican period. They are not.
Personally I would not buy this. Just my thoughts my friend.
Thanks for the straight to the point answer! I think I was a little optimistic here! The decoration is not really the best. I have seen other works with these handles and they were also not good.
Thanks for the help!
I’m not sure about this one. It could be Republic in my opinion. Bottom looks ok. The brown stuff inside worries me, also the brown spots on the outside. Is it some kind of misfiring? Have you tried to clean the inside? I would fill it with a solution of warm laundry detergent and let it stand for some hours.
I always respect Birgit opinions etc. She has sharper eyes than my old weary ones.
Could you please give it a really good clean and then resubmit it. I did see something that may suggest an earlier period. Something I missed first time around. It happens. 😁
I looked at this last night and was struck by the way dirt goes up the outside of the foot rim. But now I am wondering if it isn't dirt and is meant to match the brown rim at the mouth?
I think the handles are leopards, but they do look very sad. In fact the whole vase looks sad and dejected.
What is the scrap of an old book or newspaper that is inside? That seems the kind of thing that might be deliberately placed to add a sense of age. On the otherhand, it could be from something you wrapped it in. 😊
Hi Birgit, Mark and Julia,
I tried to remove a small spot of this brown thing inside, with a mix of water and alcohol and a hard brush, it is not very easy as it is well adhered, but I believe it is not a misfired glaze, but something organic mixed with a glue but it is very hard. Below there appears to be a white glaze. I will follow Birgit's advice and fill the vase with a warm solution of detergent. And then I post more photos.
That looks promising. That stuff seems to be applied deliberately. Maybe a case of artificial aging to make a Republic vase (if it is one) look even older. They did all kind of things from sinking items into a gutter to treating them with diesel oil. I’m looking forward to seeing the cleaned vase.
Yeah, it's hard to imagine how that crud could have occurred naturally. God, what a mess that is.
As far as i know people used such vases as spitbows in the past ..so be aware of any biohazzard 😷
After a quick wetting with damp cloths, I realized that this thing is a kind of wax, that is very dirty, or maybe mixed with something that looks like a type of fine sand. After trying several non-abrasive tools, I realized that an old credit card was the ideal tool to scrape this thing out of the vase without scratching it. I removed as much as I could before this photo, but I still need to finish the job!
Looking good. Keep going!
It's starting to look very late Republic early PROC. So 1940's - 1950's.
Pity about the repair.
Good job, MB! Maybe some dishonest dealer applied the stuff to hide the repair. However the vase looks much nicer without it. You could try to warm the inside with a hairdryer to make the wax liquid or at least soft.
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