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by mona

Hi Peter,
Thank you for viewing this porcelain jar and to give me some information on it. would you please let me know what is this brown stain on it. does it add or remove of its value. the lid has a small nick as well as the bottom rim. is the painting important? what is the mark underneath?
it measures 7 3/4" high x 6 1/2" diameter.Thank you for your valuable time and answer.Mona


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Mar 22, 2011
Chinese Jar with 3 marks on bottom
by: Sue

I have 2 jars with lids that are very similar and in perfect shape. All of the marks on the bottom appear to be in red ink. One is rectangular with 2 lines surrounding and approximately 1.5" X 1". The other is somewhat similar in markings but no line around and the third is much smaller in a square. Could you tell about age and value?

Jan 18, 2011
A good website
by: Carlos Morell

I have found this website that i personally find quite interesting.

Gotheborg is probably the largest and one of the oldest sites related to Asian ceramics. Not difficult to find, they are ranking first in Google for many related keywords.
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Jan 18, 2011
by: peter

The character is not correctly written, therefore it is impossible to know for sure which one it is. It could be one that is read Xing.

As I said, this cannot be a Chinese mark. Chinese marks are always in the center of the bottom. And, it is probably added on top of the glaze, if the bottom is glazed. From the strokes it could even be written with some felt pen, etc.

Jan 18, 2011
by: mona

Thank you Peter for your comments.I'll try to clean think it will still clean when the stain looks underneath the glaze?another the mark underneath familiar to you?

Jan 17, 2011
by: peter

The lid does not belong to this type of jar. Lids for this type of jar have a different shape.
Yes, the stains will decrease value, but this jar hasn't so much value anyway.
As to the stains, did you try to remove them? Use dishwashing liquid, and if that doesn't help, use something stronger. Some people use bathroom cleaner, the strong variation. I won't recommend that on high quality porcelain, though.

I know the jar looks old, but basically it could be a fake, or at least a very low quality product.
The decoration band just below the lid isn't properly painted. And, the scenery decoration itself is also very sloppily made for this type of item.
Further, this jar originally had no mark. I bet the character was painted on later. It couldn't be off center with Chinese porcelain.

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