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I need information about these markings on this Pottery or

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I need information about these markings on this Pottery or ceramic jar
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Robert S. replied 11 months ago.

Hi Tina,

My name is ***** ***** I would be happy to help with your jar.

Thanks for the photo of the marks.

Could you very kindly attach a photo of the jar itself and let me know how big it is.

Many thanks,

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
It's small mane 4 inches...
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
4 inches
Expert:  Robert S. replied 11 months ago.

Thanks, ***** *****'s all I need.

Leave this with me while I research this mark and then I'll have a full answer and a value for you.


Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Ok thk u
Expert:  Robert S. replied 11 months ago.

Hi Tina,

Apologies for not getting back to you sooner, it's taken me a while to track down information on this mark.

Your little jar is Chinese (as opposed to Japanese, who make pottery wares similar to this but with a different style of marks) and is of recent origin, late 1900s or early 2000s.

The jar is decorated with a traditional pattern of stylized lotus blossom and scrolling foliage known as karakusa, all in molded raised relief. In the Buddhist tradition the lotus is an important symbol of spiritual purity and detachment from worldly cares and so is an immensely popular decorative motif, particularly on art pottery.

The maker's mark on the base is a little hard to translate because it's written in a type of Chinese writing called zhuanshu, or ancient seal script. Even the Chinese struggle with it.

It looks like it says:


or Zhenglin.

And is just one of truly thousands of modern Chinese pottery factories that have not been around long enough to have a attracted a specific collector following, or even be known about, here in the West.

It's value is purely decorative. If you saw it for sale in a vintage store it would be priced at about $10 - $15.

I do hope this helps!

Please let me know if you'd like me to explain or expand on any of the above, I would be glad to.

Best wishes,

Expert:  Robert S. replied 11 months ago.

Hi Tina,

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Thanks, R

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
These are not the markings on the bottom but I see you did the best you could so
Expert:  Robert S. replied 11 months ago.

Hi Tina,

Thanks for appreciating I did my best. You have to flip the photo of the mark you sent me (it's upside-down) to read those two characters in the proper order.

What would be fun would be to take it to the head the Sinology Department at your local university to look at. Suggest they could give it to their students as interesting exercise in transliteration. I think the consensus would be not far off what I've given you, but you'd certainly get some very diverse feedback.

Best wishes,