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Updated photos: Set of Chinese cups and plates - would like to know more about it

by Alyssa
(Cape Coral, Florida)

Hi, I took additional photos in better lighting and added posted them to an album on google picasa.

This is the link:

I tried to take photos from all angles and picasa allows you to zoom in. I'm not completely familiar with the program, so I hope this makes things more clear.

I really appreciate any help anyone can give me!


(I added some of the new pictures here, but there are about a dozen in the picasa album)

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Mar 10, 2011
cups and plates
by: peter

Hi Alyssa,
Thanks for providing detailed pictures. Unfortunately, the size of images for this blog is limited.

I will treat the cups and plates separately. Despite the fact that they have similar colors, They probably did not belong together, originally. The plates ware added later, it appears. The rim of the plates - is it brass or some metal? Is the dark rim on the foot brass? If yes, then it is likely they were later paired, because that would mean the plates are enamelled brass, a completely different type of craft. Actually, the bottom of the plate shown in the images VERY much looks like if it were enameled brass.
The mark seems to be a flower, but I don't much about such items. So, I cannot judge its age, but the plate looks as if it had some age also.

The cups are made of porcelain and are possibly wine cups. Very nice painting on graviata background.
The mark is a Jiaqing reign (1796-1820) mark, but probably apocryphal.
Basically, this style of faces and eyes looks to me more like republic era (that is after the end of the Qing dynasty in 1911), during which period porcelain paintings frequently used such hair styles, eyes and faces. The top rim shows wear.

All in all my guess is that it is republic era porcelain with apocryphal mark.
Again, very nice painting and graviata work. I do not doubt that many collectors would like to own such a set. Congratulations!

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