Ming small bowl and unusual mark

by Allan
(St catharines )

Hi peter any idea about this piece. What the mark says


Thanks

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beads and brass
by: peter

No to both. Be careful, there are lots of fakes swimming around.

Thanks peter
by: Allan

I thought it might be japanese Thanks

Do you know anything about old chinese glass beads ? Or determing age of brass censer ?

bowl
by: peter

This seems to be a Swatow bowl. The mark is "Fu", an auspicious character, mainly used in the Ming dynasty and in Japan until today.
Obviously it is old, but not sure if it is of Chinese or Japanese origin. The Japanese did originally import these and then started making them too. They still make them today.

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