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Yellow bottle shaped Chinese vase with red seal on bottom.

by Ann
(Houston, Texas, USA)

My late husband bought this vase sometime in the mid to late 80's. It is currently in storage and I am planning on selling it but do not know what the proper description should be, the fair market value or what the red mark on the bottom means. I have searched the internet but have not found another vase that looks similar but have found some markings that are very similar but do not understand what it means. I am attaching three pictures of the vase. It is approximately 24" tall. I need help and would appreciate someone sharing their knowledge with me about this vase. Thank You.

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Feb 08, 2011
spurious mark
by: peter

Hi Ann,
The reason that I think the mark is spurious is that the character style of the mark is deviating from what would have been used during the Qianlong period. With a Qianlong vase of this making I would expect a better mark, written in neat characters and in blue (there are exceptions to the color, though).
The vase also gives the impression as if it was made later than the 18th century.

Please note that a spurious mark does not mean an item is fake. The Chinese added marks of previous reigns for decoration purposes over several centuries. Chinese marks have a different purpose than those on European porcelain.

Feb 08, 2011
Spurious mark
by: Ann

Peter, Thank you for responding. What makes the mark appear to be spurious?

Feb 04, 2011
by: peter

We are afraid that we cannot help with appraisals or valuations. It is recommended that you consult an appraisal service for this.

The mark means 'Daqing Qianlong Nianzhi' (Made in the Qianlong years or the Qing dynasty), but it looks more like a spurious mark.

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