I am listing Chinese porcelain and pottery items I have found over years. First none of these items are valuable, but they are rich in color and style. I have never collected for the value of the item only what the item did to me as I set eye’s on it. I am more than happy to put my head together with others of similar taste in identifying where these objects might have come from. As I don’t read Chinese, the marks on the following items do not mean much to me. As the Chinese are know to copy marks, I put no weight on what is on the bottom of these items. Only shape, wear (real wear) normally helps determine the age of these items. What always amaze me is that they have gone from hand to hand and survived until now. As for prices I have no idea, but after years of looking at items I know they are not of the last century.
When I found this covered jar I fell in love with the vibrant translucent enamel colors. It seems to be so alive as if there was movement, which I guess is the way they painted the leaves like if the wind was blowing through them and rustling the leaves. The spray of flower which I think is wisteria has gold accent to give it depth, just a wonderful way of painting and giving life to the plants.
The photo below shows the bottom of the jar. The low relief slip with it’s a pie wedge or star design is distinctly visible along with kiln grit along the rim of this jar.
Below is a closer look and if you click on photo it will be better.
Below are the leaf handles showing the veining. Also the accumulation of years showing the jar has not been cleaned.
Below you see the lid with the piecrust edge. Click on photo and you will see lines that in some instances look like cracks but are actually a low relief slip. These same lines are found on the entire surface of the jar. They are mainly white to translucent, with the bottom having the most distinct appearance.
Below is a side veiw showing the two handles along with the finial.
Below is a close-up of the finial
At the edge below is a large rust spot, I call them beauty marks.
The photo below shows the three compartment, with the top on the cover that has to be turned over to hold anything.
Below you see the footed pedestal stand which is very deep and hollowed.
There are these three little marks that when you line up, the script on the other side will be in order and the flowers and sprigs will be symerical.
Below is the first of the two upright containers.
Here is the cover of the container with wonderful orange and yellow coloring. Shading on the face gives her a s0ft youthful appearance. The hair is beautifully rendered, including the feathering along her neck and shading along her hairline.I don’t know if the bamboo container is to capture bugs or observe bugs, but she is very entralled in whatever she is observing.
Here is a closeup of her beautiful face. If you click on it or any of the photo’s it will enlarge them for detail.
In photo below the first line of script should be center on the highest character of the second row. As mentioned above the three marks in the unglazed area on the lip will center the script and flowers.
In the image below you can see what is left of the gold accent as constant handling has worn it down.
Below a side view of container.
Below cover of stacked container if you will click on will enlarge the image.
Unusual three section compartment container. As it stands there are only two sections that can be filled as it stands. The cover is deep and can be turned over to put things in temporarily. The middle section can hold items and the bottom section is very deep, for it includes the footed pedestal which is hollow.
It probably once had a cover, but like a lot of these jars they are usually missing of breakage.
Below we see a bird in flight, green bamboo leaves and a blooming cherry tree with fruit
I believe this was made in the 1800, for the quality speaks for itself. It was hand thrown which is obvious by the concentric circles visible on the inside visible through the glaze.
To see the detail you can click on the image to enlarge it to get a closer look
Here is one of a pair of birds painted on vase, the other one is painted in flight
These are very well rendered flowers and leaves
Below we see the painted marks and the hole that was made for drainage. That is why I believe they had converted the vase to a flower pot
If you look closely you can see the concentric circle on the body of the vase. You will usually find this on hand thrown vase and confirms the object was not made in a mold.
The next three images are just close up of the vase that you can click on and see a closer view
This is a large armorial plate that measures ten inches across. I found it with two smaller plates at a church thrift store about 18 years ago. They were sitting on a table that was setup outside in front of the store. I found great buys at this thrift store and also a lot of sterling silver when you could buy it for $1.50 an ounce. It closed down about 15 years ago. I have many close-up of the border of the plate where they painted bats in beautiful red colors. It has heavy enamel to accent the diamond shape lozenge that was painted on the inside of plate. This plate measures ten inches across.
Here is the armorial for king of the castle whose wife probably ordered them from China. The gold horses in the armorial has retained most of it’s gilt with just light wear. Plates were usually ordered by the woman of the castle, the diamond shape lozenge is usually borne by women ( of course it will be a diamond) in their armorial. In this case it is just an accent on the inside of the plate saying: I am woman, see me now (smile.) The diamond is heavily enameled.
I have no idea who the plates belonged to, but with a lot of research it is possible to find out who they were made for.
This indentation on the bottom of the large plate is visible here but not on top.
Here is a close up of the bats.
Here is a good photo of the enameling on the diamond shape lozenge. If you click on it you will get a better view.
Here you can see the heavy enameling on the inside decoration
Here is a really nice one of bats.
The mark below is on the back of the two smaller armorial plates that measure seven inches across. I bought them at the same church thrift store.
Here is the front of one of the small plates. The orange feathers are as stunning as the photograph. It has some very heavy enameling which you can see if you will click on the image
The brown color once held gold paint that has worn off. These plates were exported from China around the 1700’s. If you will click on the photo you can see how heavy the enamel was painted on.
It is a beautiful plate that measures 7 inches across
The photo below is the seven inch plate that has a traditional Iberian (Spanish) shaped shield with five fleur de leis.
This is the front of the armorial plate with traditional Iberian (Spanish) shaped shield with five fleur de leis.
This is the back of a chinese famille pottery plate. The brown color is where the gilt has worn off. The crack on the plate goes all the way to other side.
Below is the mark which means nothing to me
Here is the front of the plate that seems to be a group of children playing and have a good time. There are puppies and a pony made of a piece of wood. Again the brown color once was gilding that has worn off.
The flowers in the panels are just wonderful
Click on the image to get a nice close-up of the detail.