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Posted By: Robert Sun, Aug 13, 2017 IP:

Please help identify this Teapot RED MARK

Subject:Re: Teapot
Posted By: I. Nagy Wed, Aug 16, 2017

The bottom mark reads,
鴻發督造 Hongfa Duzao (Duzao=Supervised manufacture)
Late Qing - Early Republic of China manufacturer
from the South.
With regards,

Subject:Re: Teapot
Posted By: Robert Thu, Aug 17, 2017

Thank you

Subject:Re: Teapot
Posted By: Bill H Thu, Aug 17, 2017

The Chinese language website had a query concerning teapots like yours, which received the response I've summed up roughly below from a machine translation:

Concerning the mark "Made under the supervision of Hongfa" (鴻發督造/鸿发督造 - Hongfa du zao), responses included two views, one holding that "Hongfa" was a well-known tea-making company of the late Qing to early Republic era, for which firm some unique tea sets were made with this printed mark and which sets were given as gifts and retained by many in the vicinity of the old factory. The other view held that teapots with this mark were made under the noted Lei Hongfa (雷鴻發), a Republic of China porcelain painter, whose pastel (粉彩 - fencai) porcelain was exceptional, though such works of his are rare and often copied.

I was unable to identify the painter named "Lei Hongfa" but find the version about porcelain tea wares being handed out by the old tea company to be plausible. I located some other porcelains online with the "Hongfa du zao" mark and believe they look like modern copies. Here's one, so you can judge for yourself.

Best regards,

Bill H.

Subject:Re: Teapot
Posted By: Robert Fri, Aug 18, 2017

Thank you Bill

Subject:Re: Teapot
Posted By: JLim Thu, Nov 23, 2017

Dear Robert

The black lines have been transfer printed on, I suspect, which makes this object modern. Anthony Allen says somewhere that inverted marks like this - white on red - were popular in Hong Kong from the 1960s onwards.

Kind regards

Subject:Re: Teapot
Posted By: Robert Thu, Nov 23, 2017

Thanks Jim but i ditnot posted an Teapot

Subject:Re: Teapot
Posted By: JLim Sat, Nov 25, 2017

Er, yes you did.

Let me clarify that Allen said that inverted seals of this sort are typical of *Macau*, not Hong Kong. Sorry.

Kind regards
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