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May 06, 2010
by: peter


Sorry, I have no idea of the price on an international level, only in the location where I live. I would check completed Ebay sales for similar items.
You can upload a picture and post the question with a separate submission on this blog, if you wish. Maybe some other visitor knows?

May 06, 2010
Brass bowl from Ming Dynasty
by: Robert

I too have a brass bowl with the same Chinese characters on the bottom. , But with two dragons encircling the characters. The outer surface of the bowl has engravings of a dragon and of a phoenix facing each other, typical representation of Ying and Yang, Male and Female.

Do you have any idea of the value of such a bowl.?

Your input would be most appreciated.


Feb 05, 2010
Chinese Brass Bowls
by: Alan

Peter, thank you for your speedy response to my enquiry.
The bowls came to me from my father-in-law and I suspect that he must have purchased them no later than 1950.
I have a picture of the bowls to upload as soon as I can find how this is done.

Feb 04, 2010
reign mark
by: admin

Hello Alan,

The mark says "Da Ming Xuande Nian Zhi" (made during the Xuande reign of the great Ming).
You find the emperor's reign names here: and there is a link to the names in Chinese characters below the table on that page.

If this is a censer I would be careful. Lots of new or recently made censers are or were made with Ming marks.
Hope this helps...


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