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Is anyone familiar with this Chainese Book of marks with all pictures?
I think I bought this a few years ago in China. Unfortunately for me it is all in Chinese. BUT, each picture has the Date of the mark.
Is this available in English?
Gerald Davidson "Marks on Chinese Ceramic" is useful English language material. There is a link somewhere on bidamount. I dont think hes out of print yet for his 2021 edition.
The difference is that the Chinese book has 300 pages of bottoms only with 5 or 6 pictures on a page. The last 50 pages has marks only that look very different to my eye.
@yinchris -- It seems there is NO English version and no one on this site has seen this book before!
I have never seen a book like it with so many marks. I'm having a hard time figuring it out. It's not chronological throughout. And there are categories I don't understand. One page is all marks of a "hare' (rabbit figure) etc. There are several sections that have Republic marks (by dates) then much later there are more republic marks. I guess ' going to have the content pages translated.
The book is for Chinese readers. The page you are showing "江西瓷业公司“，- Jiangxi Ciye Gongsi- Jiangxi Porcelain company- there are different versions for it (shows on different pictures). Have you try google translate - camera feature? it has the limitation, only can read left to right.
Looks like a great book, David. I think I found the table of contents online. Does your edition's look like this?
Yandex is quite good at translating from photos.
These pictures are the first pages in the book - which I guess to be the table of contents. Next comes 27 pages of written info. Then 256 pages of foot COLOR photos, with marks- descriptions and period and date - Finally there are 47 pages of index then photos of other marks alone w/o pictures.
That is comprehensive! It's well organized though, like an outline. I labeled some of the top-level headings here.
Under each of the top-level items, the sections are organized by dynasty. So in the first section in red, the subsections are Song, Yuan, then Ming (宋元明). The Ming section is further broken down, as you'd expect, by emperor.
The 1st yellow box is for Ming marks with the "nianzhi" 年制 format.
The second yellow box is for Qing marks with the "nianzhi" 年制 format.
The next section below that is for temple 堂 marks。
Hopefully this at least helps get your bearings.
Craig, that is very helpful. Thank you for your insights. Might I ask, How did you get your Chinese ability?
Hi David, you're welcome. I started learning Chinese 30+ years ago in school, then spent ten years in Taiwan. The immersion living there helped a great deal, but mostly for the speaking and listening.
Learning to read Chinese is something you can teach yourself quite easily. It's time consuming simply because there are so many characters, but there's no complex grammar to learn as with so many other languages. Also the characters get much easier to recognize after you've started learning.
You can try google translate cellphone app and maybe it can translate some modern characters to English and maybe get an idea of what it says. I have done it before with mixed results.
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