Help with identifying Chinese vase markings

by Helle

Vase marking

Vase marking

Vase marking Vase pattern Vase bottom Vase glaze contractions

Hi all

I hope that you can help me identifying a the marks on a vase I bought at a junk sale in Iceland.

I've researched quite a bit on the internet, but can't seem to find out when this vase is from and hope that you can bring me a bit closer to the answer.

The vase is quite big - approx.

The vase has quite a lot of glaze contractions on the inner side.

I've attached 4 images that I took of the vase and will provide more if you would like to see them.

I hope that some of you can help me determining when this vase is from.

Kind regards,

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Sep 26, 2011
3 wise men
by: Yuliya

Hi, I just found in a thrift store the chinese vase with a 3 wise men with a child. colors- blue, red n others . No marks , but on the bottom it looks like it has a scratch "K", handpainted. Can you please help to get some informations about it. Thank You!

Apr 18, 2011
metal vase
by: Anonymous

I have a meatal vase with gold out lay on it that i found at a flea market how or where can I go to have it looked at?

Mar 08, 2011
Chinese vase
by: peter

Hi Helle,
This is a modern vase, I'm afraid.
None of the elements of the decoration looks old or traditional, as it would if it were antique. That is, on these vase several such decorations are modified/modernified.

The mark seems to be a Kangxi mark, but it is spurious. Marks with that character style did only exist in the 20th century and where not used at all in the Qing dynasty. Also, while the original stamp was apparently hand made, the mark seems to be printed or stamped. Consider it to be for decoration only.

Glaze contractions are only relative or indirect signs of age (please see details under Porcelain Age Signs). They did exist in the 20th century too and no doubt can be artificially produced.

I guess this big vase is second half of 20th century, rather on the later side, in my view.

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