Chinese blue and white - What is this / maker's marks?

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Post by Adrian February 18th 2022, 5:33 pm

Can anyone identify what this is exactly and perhaps help with the maker's marks? I thought it might be an incense stick holder but its quite big (15cm high, 14cm diameter) and it can't be a bowl or anything that holds any type of fluid because it has a hole in the middle. I just can't think what it might be (let alone decipher the four character marks!). Thanks for your help! Chinese blue and white - What is this / maker's marks? Img_3412
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Post by NaomiM February 19th 2022, 4:04 pm

Looks Chinese for the Eastern market but might be from another Asian country. It may be modern.
You might find the mark on the Gotheborg chinese marks website

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Post by Coalman February 22nd 2022, 11:47 am

I am no expert on Chinese pottery markings but I can tell you what I do know.

Photo #2 is upside down. Rotate it 180 degrees to read the characters as follows.....

Top & bottom read 'Great Ming Dynasty' (da Ming)
Right reads 'made for' (nian zhi)
Left is a puzzler. Presumably this is who it was made for. However, it is not an Emperor's mark and indeed there are usually no Emperor marks on 4-character stamped Chinese pottery.
I have only seen this character once before and that was on a 6-character example from the Longqing reign (1567-1572).

I will keep searching as I am now intrigued. If I have no success I will just have to ask the missus who knows everything and can read Chinese.
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Post by Coalman February 22nd 2022, 8:02 pm

Wife back from shopping.

Corrected me as usual.

The characters mean "made in the year of the Great Ming Dynasty"

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Post by Adrian February 28th 2022, 3:54 pm

Thanks, Coalman!

I don't suppose you have any idea WHAT it is do you? I've gone with incense stick/thin candle holder but I've been asking around since posting this and no one has a clue. I still haven't been able to find anything similar either. It's starting to bug me!
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Post by janetpjohn February 28th 2022, 4:06 pm

Please show the bottom. It would help to know if it the bottom also has a hole, is solid, or is totally hollow. Right now, it looks like something fit on to the top.


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Post by Coalman February 28th 2022, 4:46 pm

Yes, we need to see your bottom.

It appears far too big for an incense holder.

It is bugging me also.

Wife checking up now with China contacts.

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