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    Pair of 18” tall Asian vases inherited from my grandmother who traveled to Shanghai to visit her uncle and family who lived there in the 1930s. The mark is on the side and the pair are identical in reverse. Very smooth on the inside top and no marks on the bottom. Due to museum glue I didn’t remove them to photograph the bottom. They are slightly rough to the touch under the base. Any info much appreciated.

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    1. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 4 months ago
      Wow! that looks like a very nice Kangxi famille verte vase! i'm no expert, so better wait for them to chime in. your photos are not good at all - particularly of the base, but i think it's a real nice vase!
    2. apostata apostata, 4 months ago
      well us usual Pete did an excellent job concerning the assesment, it is a famille verte vase , but i think this is rather difficult

      first of all the picture makes it a guessing game so i got just some layman ideas, because to me it looks inconsistent and i lack the skills concerning this

      the quality is quite well , no blurring , good contrast in the colours , rather delicate , actually you can see the eyes , the design is wanted daiost symbol with let,s say lilac stroke is wanted and quite easy to flip

      i could be off , but even when i am off it is still a value vase

      what are the guessing game marks , well probably the symbolic artemisia , symbol for healing and health , also one of the daoist symbols, there is also a daoist symbol , in the stroke above the trees and under the scrolling clouds, in combination what seems an abbriviated Kangxi which is IMO an impossible combination

      the artemisia mark is actually bogus , is not a kangxi artemisia and it is made in red , so the chances the be real early ( daoguang etc ) are very skinny

      so we are probably committed to kangxi revival period period , lets 1870 and following period

      both marks are rather sloppy , and it is highly unusual combination that the marks appear in the curvilinear part of the vase instead of the bottom

      i wondered if we are committed to fin de siecle Edme Samson ware, i think the verte enamel is to profound to be Samson ware , that is more pastel

      to me the rather dense glazing and the almost monocolor of the faces looks more early republick then early revival period

      addendum , next time if you deliver such blurry pictures , i have to shoot you

      best regards Waki

    3. OliverTamez OliverTamez, 4 months ago
      I agree with both comments that my photos are terrible! I’ll add a couple more informative photos so any further observations are better informed. I figured the style was famille verte but hadn’t known about the “Kangxi” famille verte vase which do look very familiar to this pair. My grandmother was in Shanghai in 32 visiting our relatives who were merchants who there lived for many years. Knowing her she revived them from them as a gift and since that was the Republican period I supposed they couldn’t be from that period as well. They are a pair and the images on them are reversed with such precision that I thought they could be transfer or stencil used. They are very heavy. I super appreciate the response and promise no more bad photos.
    4. apostata apostata, 4 months ago
      actually the mark is an enigma to me , but it is not an abbreviated kangxi for sure, this mark is not known to me in the republic , i actually wonder if it is a mainland mark, stencilled i don,t , because i can only see 50 % , maybe it is a sort of press trough

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