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Flow Blue Dragon Vase with funny mark

Post by hubsnbubs on May 31st 2018, 9:23 pm

Hi All!

My wife and I acquired this lovely hand painted dragon vase but are having great difficulty in identifying a maker and wondered whether anyone might have an idea?

It measures approx 8" tall, is hand painted in a cobalt blue, where as the base has a strange "double key" mark on the base along with "1983" in blue/black? So, made in 1983? If so by who we wonder!
It's lovely so would be great to have some help to dig a little deeper with research :)

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Thanks in advance!

Chris & Ali
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Post by janetpjohn on May 31st 2018, 10:21 pm

Flow blue is transferware, not hand painted like this. Sorry I can't help with the very strange marks, not the usual Chinese or Japanese.
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Post by denbydump on May 31st 2018, 10:30 pm

Why would the base be crazed and the rest not?
maybe modern
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Post by hubsnbubs on May 31st 2018, 11:20 pm

Thanks Janet- my bad, I meant just blue and white!

Denbydump- there is crazing to the body too it just looks like the dirt got in and stained the base so itís more prominent maybe?

Thanks all so far!
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Post by NaomiM on May 31st 2018, 11:54 pm

Itís an odd mix of styles. It reminds me of Benlloch pottery from Spain but Iím not sure why they would use a Chinese motif rather than their usual homegrown decorative style.
It might be from one of the smaller Asian countries like Vietnam or Thailand, but the Marks on the base arenít ones Iíve come across from those regions. It might be a decoratorís piece and the marks are for the Western retailer . Or it might be by a studio potter who has decided to make a faux-Chinese vase. Weíll just have to wait for another one to turn up with a label

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Post by Mordeep on June 1st 2018, 12:04 pm

It has the look of one of those Chinese style European vases from the 1920's-1930's. The marks underneath could also be simply something other than a date and keys - they could be read as windmill blades and a model number. They wear to the base suggests a rough life if it is from 1983 anyway. Not sure we will ever know until another turns up.
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Post by hubsnbubs on June 1st 2018, 8:27 pm

Thanks for your thoughts Naomi & Mordeep- I guess we will never really know, but will keep digging!
Cheers :)
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