chinese bowls from my great grandpa

I just realized my house got 2 chinese bowls .can anyone please help me to value them ?I have no ideas about antiques.thanks a lot

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Nov 18, 2010
got the value of my bowl
by: trang

THks a lot Peter .I got the value of my bowl from the address you sent. It was made in 19th century about 200 to 300 .

Nov 15, 2010
pictures
by: peter

I sent you the weblink and an email regarding the pictures to your Yahoo email account.

Nov 14, 2010
blue and white bowls.
by: peter

>I heard my grandma said someone wanted to trade
>the bowls for a lot of valuable things about 60
>years ago but we didn't want to sale them. I'm
>very curious to know what value they have

If it is real Kangxi bowls, they should bring a good price, more so if you have a pair, and if they are without damage. Actually, in China now many Chinese will even collect damaged Kangxi items...

>I don't know where i should upload them to help
>you see better.

You could try flickr.com. It is an internet receptacle for images, so to say. You will need to register a Yahoo account first.

>do you know what the writing at the bottom said?

Ruoshen Zhencang - the first is difficult to translate, although I know the single characters' meaning. The second two charactes mean "rare collection". Please don't pay to much attention to the mark. Chinese marks often have to be disregarded because they are not reliable as to the time and place of production, unlike European porcelain. There are many spurious marks and they are used for confirmation purposes only, a mark is looked at last.

>Just wondering if the low cost valuation service
>you mentioned , do they need to see the bowls in
>real? How can they come my country

Are you in SE Asia? No, they do the valuation online. I did so also from where I am now (Taiwan). But you need to take good quality photographs so that they can see even small details like dirt, hairlines, etc., and you will need to take pictures of all sides, and some important details. They will tell you if they need more pictures.
If you upload the pictures to a picture site you can tell me and I will check if they are sufficient, if you want. I know what points will be needed for this purpose, mostly.

You will have to send them the pictures or give them the link, or both.

Some people estimate that about 95% of antiques can be appraised via pictures, the rest needs a hands-on inspection.

Nov 14, 2010
thanks for your reply
by: trang

HI Peter,
Thks a lot for your reply .I thought so pictures are too small , I don't know where i should upload them to help you see better.do you know what the writing at the bottom said?
Just wondering if the low cost valuation service you mentioned , do they need to see the bowls in real? How can they come my country lol^^
I heard my grandma said someone wanted to trade the bowls for a lot of valuable things about 60 years ago but we didn't want to sale them .I'm very curious to know what value they have


Nov 14, 2010
blue and white bowls, with mark
by: peter

Hello,
The images are too small (insufficient resolution) to see details clearly.
But, the bowl seems to have a Ruoshen Zhencang mark.
This mark was first used in the Kangxi reign of the Qing dynasty, and then again from the end of that dynasty, probably from the Guangxu reign until into the republican period. During that time a lot of porcelains and marks of earlier reigns were copied.

The background shows some characteristics that could point to the Kangxi reign, but on the other hand, the bottom looks newer. If newer it could also be a 20th century copy,. Without having a hands-on check it may be difficult to decide in this case.
It is difficult to tell if it is the photograph that makes the item look new if the item is relatively new.
Pictures should show some partial decoration details with high resolution. And details including the bottom, foot rim and top rim, as well as the interior would be necessary. Any imperfections or age signs should be visible.

As this server limites size, it is suggested that you upload larger, more detailed pictures on the Internet and post the link here.

As to value, sorry, but we don't provde valuations. For that you should consult a professional valuer.
We can send you the address of a (low-cost) valuation service if you provide your email address via contact form of this site.

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