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Chinese Vases

by Lisa
(Narragansett, RI)

These vasas have been in my family for over 50 years,my mother purchased them from an antique dealer when I was a little girl. She always told us that they were antique Chinese vases but I wonder if someone could tell from these pictures if I should look into getting them authenticated.


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Mar 10, 2012
Value it
by: Ashok Bhatt

I have one maybe 90 to 100 years old . I have with for 60 years. Hoping to find value I came across your page.

I am now going to get valued & find proper buyers.

I am encouraged now.

Mar 29, 2011
by: Lisa

Peter if you had to guess at the value what would it be?

Value is relative to many factors.
Please read
Try They may give you an opinion based on auction prices, probably.

Mar 28, 2011
by: peter

Hi Lisa,
No, most export porcelain never had marks.
Just wanted to make sure.

Some items have much heavier dirt on them than the dust inside a house.
Just dust it, or wipe it with a soft cloth, wet with a bit water, if necessary. You can use dishwashing liquid or mild soap water, if you want. But don't scrub, don't use a synthetic scrubbing pad or sponge if possible.
The colors are painted on top of the glaze and therefore are subject to scratching. They were fired at a lower temperature than the glaze and are more easily scratched. The gilt is especially prone to coming off easily.

I would not flush it inside, just wipe the dust inside the mouth. But, if you must do it, please be especially careful. Such a large vase easily slips out of the hand in the process, when the hand is wet.

Mar 28, 2011
by: lisa

Hi Peter no marks on the bottom of the vases does that mean that they are not authentic? do you know how to clean them? They have been in the closet for the last 30 years

Mar 28, 2011
by: peter

Hi Lisa,
Thanks for the larger pictures.
In my view this is Qing dynasty, possibly second half of 19th century, but Iould be earlier; but I have no way to judge from these pictures.
I assume there is no mark?

This is very finely painted; it probably is one of the three best famille rose items I have seen. Excellent quality of painting.

Please take good care of this large vase.
You could try to get a preliminary value at to get an approximate idea of its value and only then decide if you want to take it to an appraiser.

Mar 27, 2011
photo link
by: lisa

Mar 27, 2011
Posting HD images
by: Lisa

Hi Peter
I have created an account at photobucket I don't know how to post them here

Feb 20, 2011
Chinese vases
by: peter

Hi Lisa,
Could you take closeups or high resolution pictures of parts of the decoration, especially showing the faces of people clearly, as well as the bottom. It should be possible to give you an idea of the age of these vases, before you decide to have them formally appraised or valued.

It is suggested that you upload the pictures to a site like Photobucket and post or send the link here. The image size of this blog is limited, unfortunately.

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