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Subject:porcelain statue
Posted By: david Fri, Sep 15, 2017 IP: 2607:fea8:1d5f:fe45:

Hello, Can anyone identify the mark on this 13" high porcelain statue? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated! Thank you! David.

Subject:Re: porcelain statue
Posted By: Bill H Sat, Sep 16, 2017

This is a late 20th century or subsequent Chinese decorative product. The character reads as "Qi" in mandarin and means "chess" or some another board game. It isn't a surname, so it probably is the thematic name of the item.

Best regards,

Bill H.

Subject:Re: porcelain statue
Posted By: david Sat, Sep 16, 2017

Thanx allot Bill H! David.

Subject:Re: porcelain statue
Posted By: mikeoz Sun, Sep 17, 2017

David and Bill,

This is a lady teaching a child the game of Chinese chess. You can see the board between them. The board is divided by a river, which limits the moves of some pieces. The character 棋 is specific to chess, while 碁 (with the stone radical) is specific to Go, which is played with stones rather than wooden pieces.

At first I thought this might be one of the products of a group of artists in ShiWan (FoShan city, Guangdong province, China) who produce charming figures about this size, but I noticed that much of this figure is slip mounded rather than in the constructed the way the ShiWan figures are made.

Subject:Re: porcelain statue
Posted By: Bill H Mon, Sep 18, 2017

Mike Oz, always appreciate your illuminating input.
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