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Vase with Chinese mark

I have a Chinese vase which I was hoping that you might be able to please take a look at for me, I belive based upon the mark at the bottom of the vase that the piece is possibly Qianlong in orgin, however I am not certain if the piece is authentic or not, and was hoping that perhaps you might be so kind as to offer your opinion regarding the vase. The vase stands about 14 inches high.

I have attached some photos of the vase. Anything you could possibly tell me would be very much appreciated


Japanese Satsuma style with a Chinese mark

The style is Japanese and very typical for a kiln called "Satsuma".

I don't know enough about Japanese ceramics to be perfectly certain but to me this vase looks like it despite this, were of Chinese origin.

The mark is indeed a Chinese "Qianlong" mark, even if not of Imperial quality. Regarding a possibly date I can not do better then indicate that the shape of the handles and the style of the gilding - and actually the bold painting of the faces looks like it would belong to the first decades of the 20th century.

I do not even know enough of this ware to be able to rule out an even later date. Since you know more about the history of your vase than I do, you might already have a clue about which date would be the most likely.

As for the question if it is Japanese or Chinese, the Japanese Satsuma ware is actually an earthenware with no or very little "ring" when you tap on it. It should be a bit yellowish and be covered with a fine meshed crackle.

The Chinese would most probably be able to copy the crackle at will but I doubt they would bother to copy the earthenware paste.

I hope this helps at least some. As usual I am an interested in any further information you might have.

Sincerely,
Jan-Erik Nilsson



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