chinese/japanese pottery mark

Discussion in 'Pottery, Glass, and Porcelain' started by charlie cheswick, Feb 22, 2024.

  1. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

    a nice chinese or japanese i think studio charger/plate came up on ebay at a reasonable not cheap as chips price

    i've tried google searching the plate and the mark but no matches at all

    anyone have an idea on the mark (long shot i know)

    any help appreciated

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  2. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

    might not even be oriental actually
  3. Marote

    Marote Well-Known Member

    Looks a bit like 永乐 (Yongle)
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  4. Ce BCA

    Ce BCA Well-Known Member

    Agree, first character almost certainly correct, could also be 永术 Yongshu (in Chinese) eternal in Japanese.

    Could be either Japanese or Chinese, need to see the whole item to make a judgement.
  5. Chinoiserie

    Chinoiserie Well-Known Member

    Could it be anything to do with Mon shou longevity wares?
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  6. gckimm

    gckimm Active Member

    Marote is correct: 永乐 ("eternal happiness"). While these characters are the same as those for the reign of the Chinese Yongle Emperor, they are not here a real reign mark. Reign marks include other characters, such as "year" and "made." Also, the second character, le, is in simplified form, not traditional form, indicating that this was made in modern times. It could be the artist's name (just by coincidence the same as the name of the Yongle reign) or it could be an expression of the artist's wish for "eternal happiness."
  7. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

    very helpful, thanks again
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