How to Identify Genuinity Of Chinese Pottery Marks

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Genuinity Of Chinese Pottery Marks

Chinese pottery marks of earlier time periods have been utilized almost throughout the history of Chinese porcelain. Nearly at the same time that the Chinese invented porcelain;  they also created replicas sometimes to learn, sometimes to accolade, sometimes to dupe, sometimes copies were plainly ordered and called for ‘mark’- to simply show off.
The Chinese pottery marks might be bewilderingly tricky to recognize and it might be difficult to see if it is Japanese or Chinese. Normally, Chinese pottery marks tend to be more regular and the character types within the mark are mostly of about identical dimensions. If the mark is irregular, or contain odd number of characters, different shades, more artistic in vogue, or simply printed- the mark might possibly be Japanese. It’s an awfully crude rule but statistically commenting that marks from mid 19th century or later are certainly red colored, while older Chinese pottery marks are mostly blue. The majority of porcelain labeled ‘made in china’ is normally from the 1970’s or later.
Symbols & Other Marks
Through the Kangxi (1662-1722) period, Chinese pottery marks with symbols and characters other than the reign title became widespread. The characters are often named after the location; the piece seems to have been made for. They are termed as ‘hall marks’. Moreover, it is intriguing to bear in mind that specifically 18th century porcelain export to the west is nearly never marked while most pieces made for Chinese general public were more often marked. All of this commoner’s porcelain is called Min Yao meaning people’s wares’ contrary to the imperial wares often referred to as Guan Yao.
Rust Spots
Rust spots are supportive to collectors since they require centuries to develop and their presence can be an indicator of age of Chinese pottery marks. They are easiest to see on Porcelain since the base material is generally white. Rust spots seem more widespread on 'Blue and White' Porcelain of the Ming era since these older pieces have been around long enough for rust spotting to build up.  Additionally, there seems to have been more impurities in the clay used during that prehistoric time. Rust spots can also be seen on more recent multi-colored Chinese pottery marks of the Qing dynasty but is less common. It is possible to fake the rust spot effect but it is not yet commonly done perhaps since it is tricky to do efficiently.  Most imitated rust spots are easy to identify by people who have seen pieces with the natural effect.
Genuine Chinese Pottery Marks
It is very hard to learn and is only possible by extensive studies and comparison of genuine examples defining Chinese pottery marks. This goes for the shape, the porcelain body itself, the glaze, the cobalt, foot rim, adornment and down to the individual brush strokes in marks and decoration and all this is blend. For a first impression it is usually enough to look at the broad design of the Chinese pottery marks;  if the strokes are enormously symmetrical and if the mark as such is flawlessly square and even, if the characters are of equal size, if the strokes are evenly and accurately drawn etc.

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