Posted 8 years ago
This is some really pretty blue pieces that mom (in law) had. Not sure what they are. The 2 pieces to the left have Asian hallmarks. The spoon has a flower on the bottom, and the other 2 are not marked. There is a dragon in the center and I am sorry if the close up of the Asian hallmarks are upside down, I didn't know which way to turn them :)
I did read on www.gotheborg.com that marks could be red or blue, handwritten or applied with a rubber stamp. It's a very crude rule but statistically speaking marks from mid 19th century or later are actually mostly red, while older marks are mostly blue. Four character marks with raised enamels signifies that the piece is made at the Imperial workshop in Beijing, which is more than rare and COULD be real, but just because of that also often used on modern souvenir porcelain vases. Marks incorporating western characters do not occur before the 1890's and almost all we see are after the 1950's. Most porcelain marked "Made in China" is usually from the 1970s and later. But I cannot tell the difference.
Honestly I have no idea what these little bowls and plates are. Any guidance would be so greatly appreciated!