Chinese or Japanese?

by Ping
(England)

Hi Peter,

Could you please let me know this is Chinese or Japanese?

I want to buy it from local shop but have no idea about the age of this vase.

Regards,
Ping

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Thank you
by: Ping

Hi Will,

Thanks for your comment, I really appreciate for your help.

Regards,
Ping

Translation
by: Will

The vase is Japanese. The first three characters vertically on the right are the Japanese name for Japan. The next three are the name for the ancient capital of Japan - Kyoto. The last group says "Made In".

Sorry for the late reply, I had to translate it from Chinese.

Thank you
by: Ping

Hi Peter,

Thanks again for your comment. The vase very heavy and the pattern looks like Japanese but the marked on the bottom like Chinese character.

I will not buy it.

Thanks a lot.

Ping

vase
by: peter

Hi Ping,
On the surface this looks Japanese, but I have doubts. It could be a Chinese fake.
I do not know that much about Japanese porcelain, but the bottom looks suspicious. I never saw one like that on Japanese porcelain. And, the dark color of the foot rim gives the impression that it was artificially made that way.
But what really is suspicious is the mark. Are there Japanese marks with so many characters? Maybe someone else can answer this.

The use of the last character (之) in the lower left corner of the mark is strange. Basically, the number of Chinese characters used in Japanese is limited, and this one does not belong to the Kanji used in everyday Japanese. It is mainly used in some (male) personal names only.
An expression using that character at the end sounds essentially Chinese, even if the mark says it was made in Japan.


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