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Post by Grumpy Grandad on February 27th 2020, 12:33 am

Re-discovered this bowl yesterday in one of the many boxes in my loft. Be nice to know who made it, but the mark is very indistinct.

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Post by NaomiM on February 27th 2020, 1:14 am

The internal decoration looks Japanese, and the written mark on the base might be kanji, but the wire cut base isn’t usual for Japanese wares; they tend to trim or turn the foot as there are a whole range of traditional foot shapes they like to use. Might still be from one of the smaller Asian countries, or by a studio potter running a glaze test. I don’t know.

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Post by studio-pots on February 27th 2020, 9:54 am

I like the decoration but I think I would agree with Naomi that it is most likely a studio potter's test piece looking at how well the brush decorating slip is working. The faint mark on the base being a code for identification purposes.

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Post by Grumpy Grandad on March 2nd 2020, 3:07 am

I've given the base some good old-fashioned soap and water and now the mark looks more like a monogram, possibly DLO or similar.

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