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Age of Statues

by Christina
(Santa Rosa, California)

I recently acquired these two 12-inch high statues, in Northern California, which I think are Chinese, but the impressed mark doesn't look Chinese. It's hard to read some of the figures, but some are legible. I'm not sure if I have the stamp right-side up.They were originally from a set of at least six figurines, 3 seated and 3 standing, each symbolic of different attributes--fortune, longevity, etc. Any clues?

Christina C.

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Dec 17, 2010
You Chang Zi Mark
by: Anonymous

I have 3 Blue & White figures like these. I think your mark (which is upside down) says: Fu Jin Hui Guan (Fujian Club) on the top four characters. The next six say You Chang Zi Yu Ji Zao. You Chang Zi was the most famous potter of his time who died in 1922. Many of the pieces with his mark and the Fujian Club are fake. The small mark to the side will have the 2 character mark of the emperor he represents. My 3 represent Kangxi, Qinglong, and Yongzheng. These pieces still made at least into mid 20th c.

Sep 04, 2010
by: Christina

Thanks for the information, Peter. The actual marks are a little clearer than the photo. None of the marks denoted the word "great" which might denote an emperor's reign, so you are probably right.

Aug 29, 2010
by: peter

I'm afraid we can't read the characters either. The ones in the square are written in a style we do not know, the other, probably the actual mark, is hardly visible.
Judging from the type of bottom it is probably from the 20the century, possibly the republican period?

The figures seem to depict emperors Kangxi and possibly Qianlong...

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