"Antique" teacup or bowl - how old?
Yet a third question, regarding a small cup or bowl.
This one I also bought at auction, but this time it was in fact represented as being antique. It is a dodecagonal teacup of fairly thick body but good resonance.
The outside is decorated with a pattern that puzzles me - it looks like dragon scales or fish scales, scattered here and there with what looks like little fan-shaped flowers.
The inside has a simple grass-like decoration.
The glaze is greyish but is quite shiny. The foot is surprisingly clean aside from one glaze void. However, the inside exhibits signs of age, namely:
- four major rust spots and a couple of smaller ones
- dints in the glaze
Now, I know the mark is of Chenghua and that this is impossible. But is it OK for me to assume that this is a piece from the 19th century? Or should I assume it's brand new? Also, is the pattern of dragon scales??
Thanks once more!!