Q&A: Dating of 20th century Chinese Porcelain
See Made in Japan Ceramics III by Carole Bess White mark # . Nippon Made in Japan mark circa early 's .. Vocabulary when searching for Japanese Ceramics *I will be adding to this list Dating (江戸) Edo Period. If the piece does not have any mark, how can you tell if it was made last week? tell the Chinese pieces apart from the Japanese pieces - is still to be decided. Q: I would like to know the order of marks on items made in Japan. Which is oldest, “Nippon,” “Made in Occupied Japan,” “Made in Japan” or just “Japan”?.
All marks that say "Nippon" date back to the first period. Marks that say "Japan" or " Made in Japan " date to the second period. Marks that say "Rose China,".
Made in Occupied Japan Makers' Marks. Click a picture to see a larger view. Use your Back button to return to this page. Most ceramic items but not all have a maker's markso always check for a maker's mark. These numbers can oftentimes help to identify the manufacturer and date.
Dating Japanese novelty ceramics is extremely difficult as so few records exist. Satsuma ware dating up to the first years of the Genroku era — is. In places such as Kutani, Kyoto and Tokyo, workshops made their own.
The term can refer to any teacups made in Japan until aboutalthough. Many of the antique teacups that you find may have a Nippon mark on the bottom. Looking at the marking will let you know a rough date and if the item is worth. Another good sign of an authentic antique mark is the presence of the. Some years ago I found this info on dating Lefton china and figurines on the internet… somewhere… and jotted it down. Remember these are foil or paper labels, not marks.
Made in Occupied Japan. A company's trade mark made their goods recognisable and assured comsumers. Japan signed the Friendship and Commerce Treaty with U. This was the back stamp of the first dinner set to be produced by Noritake.
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The pattern number and the mark design were registered in both Japan and America. These are perhaps the most reliable of all marksfor once made it is very difficult to.
These Oriental marks cannot be regarded as date - marks when they are mere. Many early Japanese pottery marks were hand-painted, as they were viewed as a signature. A mark made by stencil is a much later way of marking, dating from. However, as I tell everyone who uses a price guide, always check the copyright date. Awaji pottery was made on the Japanese island of the same name between and Export marks provide some guidance with dating.
These links have useful information on printed and impressed marks used on American, English, European, and Asian ceramics, pottery, and. The use of solid black enamel as on the birds tail is something that usually are seen as coming in around the turn of the century.
Colored glaze Colored glaze - like what it seems to have been used on your pigeon and the "sea dogs" are the latest on figures. Colored glaze is just the ordinary porcelain glaze with an extra addition of a coloring agent like cobalt light to dark bluecopper rediron black - brown all the way to celadon and yellow These colored glazes has in one way or another been in use for such a long time it is not the glaze that gives us a clue to its date but the porcelain body and shape only.
Of these two figures I would date both of them to possibly late 19th century from the decoration of the lotus decoration on the sided of their bases and their clumsy un-western like shapes. Had they been more modern, I would have assumed that they would have been more westernized and dog-like in their shapes.
Copper red enamels are a chapter of their own, and are treated as such in the "Glossary" section of this site, and a subject I won't go into here since none of your pictures have one.
One dividing line is during the Japanese occupation, another is when they are starting to get a grip of their own on things. A third is in the s after the "cultural revolution". If I may venture a guess here, I think that - they are artistically influenced by Japan and during the s the influences comes from Russia. How to translate this into different designs - and tell the Chinese pieces apart from the Japanese pieces - is still to be decided, but after a glance at Japanese Netsukes I would say that the sea dogs do have more than a touch of a Japanese flavor in their general appearance.
The Russian taste pieces are rather bombastic and heavily overdone by any western standard. Think of Late Victorian and then some. The porcelain body The porcelain body can also tell us something. My thought here is that most porcelain figures was made in one factory The Sculpted Porcelain Factory, in Jingdezhen and because of this, it is possibly to make a chronology.
Before they have told me, porcelain figures was molded in bisque fired pottery molds. After they started to use gypsum molds which soaks up water better and made it possibly to make lighter pieces, with thinner walls. The better molds i. As you know this must be done somehow to avoid cracking and warping during the firing. Before I think most pieces were "open" under, that is were resting directly on the base part of the walls.
If this holds true we should therefore suspect that the "sea dogs" who got a base with a hole in can't be older than the s. Generally speaking we can assume that the more work that is done inside the piece, the older the piece.
Came to think of it, weight is also an issue; It is the gypsum molds that makes it possibly to make light weight pieces and that started around Marks Regarding the color and look of 20th century China-marks I can only give you a rule of thumb. The general idea is, that they were most haphazardly applied during the troubled years of Before that, they were most often stamped in red and afterstamped in underglaze blue or red depending on decoration.
As an example of a very recent mark from the Peoples Republic of China P.
Regarding numbers, I think that could refer to the mold used or maybe the factory. As a preliminary guess I would place any numbered piece rather late in the history. Regarding stamped or impressed marks, it might be that this is different depending on type of enamel. It is possibly that the red stamp enamel can't stand high temperatures and that they either had to chose between a paper label or an extra firing for just the China-mark if the glaze is of the high temperature type.
By this we can assume that of two similar hard enameled monochromes the ones with paper label, no label or red stamp are older than pieces with impressed marks. Sincerely, Jan-Erik Nilsson P.
Dear visitor, If you happen to have a 20th century piece with a mark you know can estimate the date of, I would be most grateful if you would like to send a scan of that to me.