Oriental Markings on Picture

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by Bill Giles, May 18, 2020.

  1. Bill Giles

    Bill Giles New Member

    Hi
    My wife who is Asian bought this picture on a whim because she liked the subject matter.
    I am interested to know myself what, if anything, the 2 sets of markings mean and whether it is made with jade or plastic.
    Any feedback would be appreciated.
    Thanks tn_Oriental Framed Picture-1.jpg
     

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  2. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    You haven't given us much to go by for this question. I don't think jade comes into it, the question is glass or plastic. From the one closeup, I'm for glass.
     
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  3. Bill Giles

    Bill Giles New Member

    Thanks for the info, I hadn't thought of glass to be honest.
     
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  4. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    I believe the red box is the signature.
    The writing at the top might be the title
    This might be one of four. Many times these inlays represent the seasons.

    Can you put your cheek to the material?
    Stone will be cold as will glass. Plastic will be warm.

    If you can get a closer picture of the seal and the inscription, someone may be able to translate.

    Should also add, I do not think this is terribly old. Nice looking.
     
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  5. Archaic

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    It say spring gardens
     
  6. Archaic

    Archaic *Archaic*

    Many times these inlays represent the seasons....You are right
     
  7. Bill Giles

    Bill Giles New Member

    Thanks to everyone for your responses. My wife and I tried holding the picture to our cheeks to determine whether it was hot or cold but couldn't determine whether it was either. Probably the current spell of hot weather in the UK doesn't help. I have also attached a clearer image of the 'artist' if that helps at all
     

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  8. kentworld

    kentworld Well-Known Member

    Looks like a carved hard stone picture which you could still probably buy at a Chinese gift/import store. Cute, decorative, but usually not much value.
     
  9. Bill Giles

    Bill Giles New Member

    Thanks for your informative response. Wife bought it because she liked it and will now keep it based on its value.
     
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  10. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

  11. Archaic

    Archaic *Archaic*

    I cant that's very old style way of character writing
     
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  13. Bill Giles

    Bill Giles New Member

    Does that have any significance at all or it is common
     
  14. Couch Potato Wannabe

    Couch Potato Wannabe Well-Known Member

    It is seal script, I could work out three of the symbols for you if you wish, but the forth may be harder as it's rather 'blended' together.
     
  15. Bill Giles

    Bill Giles New Member

    Yes please, always eager to learn more on this fascinating subject!
     
  16. Archaic

    Archaic *Archaic*

    Common to me ...The season plaque seems to be a copy of what was made long ago
     
  17. Couch Potato Wannabe

    Couch Potato Wannabe Well-Known Member

    My apologies, I've attempted to translate these, and for some reason have come up empty. I've been through every reference document I have, used numerous online resources and still have not found a suitable translation. Either they are stylised to a point where I simply cannot recognise them to the actual character it should be, or these are simply characters outside the normal characters I commonly find in use on such pieces.
    I'll keep looking, but at this point, I am less optimistic about finding a match.
     
  18. Bill Giles

    Bill Giles New Member

    Appreciate all your attempts to try and work out the letters.
     
  19. Couch Potato Wannabe

    Couch Potato Wannabe Well-Known Member

    Even though I cannot translate the words myself, I still believe they strongly resemble Seal Script, an ancient form of writing the Chinese characters we know today. I hope that helps you with your searches.
     
  20. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    Since this is a newer item, would the seal have been an attempt to make it appear older that it really is?
     
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