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by Andrew

Hi Pete,
I purchased this vase & assume that it is of modern make as it has grind marks underneath to make it stand properly.
Also noticed that there are no signs of crazing to indicate teadust glazed vases display crazing as do the other glassier, smoother Chinese porcelain,that has at least 50 or so years of age?
I was told that it is a tea-dust vase...but there seem to be many colours around that are classed as tea-dust.
This vase has a black base colour with the olive enamel applied over it.Someone told me that black tea glazed ware is rare, another person looked at the vase & said it is modern eel-skin glaze.
What do you think?
I was also wondering do they still use private or state factory hallmarks today in China and if there was any way of determining the identity of the stamp in order to know whether its recent or earlier C20th?, as I am of the opinion if I can acquire better quality, earlier C20th Chinese porcelain, it will become more collectable, as the imperial ware all but disappears in an ever diminishing supply.
all comments welcome.

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May 05, 2011
teadust vase
by: peter

Hi Andrew,
I have never had a teadust vase, but it sure looks like one.
You are probably right with it being not too old.
BTW, not all ceramic items do develop crazing; the absence of such cannot be used to say that an item is new or not antique.
The foot looks fairly new. There was applied some brown colored substance applied to the foot rim. To me this could be a try at age faking.
But, as I said the foot looks too new, and so does the mark. Doesn't quite look like those I usually see on those of teadust wares. It appears to be a Qianlong mark, but is a bit difficult to read. The characters look cramped, as if there wasn't enough space.

> there was any way of determining the identity
> of the stamp in order to know whether its
> recent or earlier C20th?

It is still the same, all types of modern and old marks are all used for decoration, but it is difficult to tell from the mark alone if an item is fake, old or new, unless the mark shows characteristics of newer marks, of course.
Some of the early company marks, applied with rubber stamps, do exist, but otherwise most company stamps are from the second half of the 20th century.

Many people collect porcelain from the first third of the 20th century, now. There are some really nice items, and the decorations from that time still have traditional elements.
However, you need to be aware that many items from that period do not have any marks at all, or have spurious marks of earlier periods. You have to judge age by the item itself, not by the mark. You should also be aware that many items from that period are also being faked, currently.

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