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Chinese cup

by Sutikno
(Dortmund, Germany)

Dear Peter, I have a piece of gaiwan (tea cup used for steeping tea) with unknown vintage. It is the rice grain (mi tong) porcelain, which was in the past made by repetitive glaze dipping into carved hole followed by drying. Could you please comment on its approximate vintage? What's written on the marking?
Thanks in advance.

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Apr 23, 2011
by: Sutikno

Upon closer inspection, there're two kinds of leaf ornaments, one is handpainted, the other one could be printed using some hollow pattern; but I'm not sure.
Many thanks once again for your help, Peter.

Apr 22, 2011
by: peter

Hi, the mark says "Kangxi Nianzhi", but I think this is a spurious mark.
The decoration is not shown anywhere in detail, but the left picture shows leaves on the cover. They seem to be printed.
If they are really printed, then this is probably from the second half of the 20th century, or 21st century.

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