Chinese Porcelain of the late Qing and Republic Periods – some thoughts

This site is set up to offer the results of my research into Chinese porcelains of the Late 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. I have been a collector of this period of Chinese ceramics since 1995 but I am now just beginning to understand how much I don’t know! I have been writing short notes about my learning efforts and now wish to share them with anyone who would like to read them. Stay tuned….

Below is a list of the Reports which you can find on this blog:

  • Some notes on Wan Shou Wu Jiang (万寿无疆) Porcelains since the Late Qing period

  • · Chinese Republic (1912-1949) and other marks Overview

  • ·  Dayazhai (大雅齋) Porcelains: A Brief Outline

  • The Puce Landscape Pattern on Porcelain – Chinese Republic Era Stereotype

  • 10 Chinese Millefleur Teabowls (中国十大米尔芙蓉茶碗)

  • A Centifleur Tea Party

  • Jiujiang Porcelain Companies in the Chinese Republic era 九江瓷民国

  • Chinese Republic porcelain, Shanghai marked landscape examples (民国瓷上海)

  • Green press-moulded wares, Republic of China (& earlier)

  • Wang Bu’s Chrysanthemum Legacy (王步菊花遗产)

  • Deconstructing the ‘Rice Grain’ Pattern on Chinese Porcelain – Late Qing to PRC


7 thoughts on “Chinese Porcelain of the late Qing and Republic Periods – some thoughts

  1. Dear Watersilkdragon,
    ten years ago I purchased a small pouring vessel in cobalt blue with a cartouche that has four characters on the bottom. How would I be able to send you a photo to ask if you may give me some more information about the piece?
    I would love to know of it’s history.

    You site is astounding and inspiring
    Thank you

    • Hi there,
      Unfortunately I am not able to comment on pieces on this blog. I suggest you try the many Chinese porcelain and art forums, such as and These allow for you to upload images and you are sure to get some more knowledgeable responses than I could probably give. Good luck, Michaela

  2. For the marks that say Made In Chine =numeral= you state that they are older than the 80’s, but what do the numerals represent?

    • Hi, and thanks for your comment. I think I said 1980s and older for this mark. I am sure the Chinese scholars know what the numerals mean. Generally it is accepted that they are factory numbers, but we really don’t know at this stage. I am sure that someone who can read Chinese (not me unfortunately) could do a search and find out. Sorry that I can’t be more definitive. Michaela

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