Chinese Vase

by Carolyn
(Oregon)

Hi Peter...I've been lurking and have enjoyed many of the discussions. I recently purchased several pieces from a family whose parent traveled the Orient in the 1950's, 60's and 70's. I am fully aware that my piece is not a priceless Chinese antique, but I'm hoping you could give me some information about it. I believe the mark is Quinlong. The mark is in blue under the glaze. The vase is decorated in raised enamels and is all hand painted. Quite well, I might add. I would appreciate any input.

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vase age
by: peter

Carolyn, usually it is impossible to tell when a mark was made. As it is under the glaze it must be from the same time the item was initially fired.
Unfortunately, it is possible to fake all this, making it look old, even antique...

Usually, only an overall evaluation of all factors involved allows making sure that an item is authentic or old.
With high quality fakes they can even deceive museum experts. They will use old production methods and materials to reproduce almost everything possible. But, such high quality fakes are used mainly for faking high-priced antiques only.

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by: Carolyn

Thank you Peter...
I did realize this was new/newer...however, I was curious about the mark, being it was under the glaze. Do you think I can be confident in saying at least 20 years old? Love watching all the treasures that come and go...and the discussions that ensue...I have more from the same sale..they are good education pieces at the very least...The prices were just too good to pass up. One was a lovely jade (tested) turtle dragon...

As for the white glaze, yes, a certain clue always..but, I've sold some of this type of pottery in the 100's of dollars to collectors...go figure..I did not deceive, stating that it was 20th century..the collectors today buy with their eyes..

chinese vase
by: peter

Hi Carolyn,
This is second half of the 20th century at the most, perhaps even later (in my view). The decoration colors and painting style are far from the traditional ones seen in antiques.

Please disregard the mark. Marks can be and are copied on newer porcelain items also. Sometimes the copies themselves are also antique, but this is not the case with this one, I'm afraid.
If you buy antiques, it is best to avoid those with a snow white glaze (see bottom), as the earlier items hardly had a completely white glaze.

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