Subject:Re: Guangxu Tea Caddy/Container
Posted By: Bill H Sun, Jun 25, 2017
The painting on this probable contemporary-era Chinese product is meek compared to late-Qing and Republic porcelains with similar themes. Here's an auction result for what I believe is a Republic vase having famille rose lotus and auspicious symbols motif on an acanthus leaf ground, with Jiaqing six-character base mark. Note how the vase's pattern has greater definition and shading, as well as how darker greens help add a third dimension to some of the acanthus scrolls. The eBay piece has more of a one-dimensional look from colors that have simply been brushed between the lines coloring book style; the blue bats literally look like they may be frozen in time.
On both pieces, the details are outlined in black, but on the Republic vase, a conspicuous amount of this outlining has gone missing, some of the black pigment burned off in the kiln where not over-coated by transparent glaze, and some of the rest rubbed away from subsequent handling for the same reason.
The condition of the older volatile black pigment is diagnostical of late-Qing and Republic porcelain. The flat, unblemished look of the eBay tea caddy, compared to the more vibrant "jump-out-at-you" look of the Republic vase, is another obvious clue to the former's more recent manufacture
URL Title :Jiaqing Mark Vase