Red Stamped Seal Pottery mark Chinese or Japanese ?

by Donna Freeman
(Malvern,Ar. USA)

Red Stamped Seal Pottery mark Chinese or Japanese ?

Red Stamped Seal Pottery mark Chinese or Japanese ?

Irecently bought this beautiful dog statue in a resell shop in Hot Springs,Ar. that has a woodlook design with small holes in its nose, mouth & the bell on its collar I don't know if it is ceramic or porceline it does not have an opening in the bottom just the small holes it has a stamped mark on the bottom but I don't know if it is Chinese or Japanese, He was sitting in the floor & everytime I walked by it he was looking up at me smiling so I had to bring him home. I would love to know where he came from, his age ,who made him or anything about him. Please help he is just so cute.Who every made him should be very proud of their work.

Thank you


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The forum Help Elf says:-


What a cheeky little fellow! I know why he stares at you so much - he just wants attention!

Nice and unusual wood grained decoration effect.

This red ink seal stamp denotes it is made in China around 1950 - 1975 and it is a copy of a Qing Qianlong Dynasty seal mark from the 18th Century.

Some Japanese makers also impersonated this style of Chinese marking - and to add even more to this complicated area some Chinese manufacturers used blanks bought in from Japan. With this type of item from this time period there is a cross-over between the two countries for this type of souvenir made-for-export item.

Nice but decorative value only.

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Thank you for the information
by: Donna

Thank you so much for the help in identifing my doggy, was very glad to know where he came from. He's still a prize find to me. I really enjoyed reading your comment.Kinda glad he's not worth alot keeps me from being tempted to sell him & now I can enjoy him all the more. Thanks again Donna

Square Red Oriental Mark on Hand Painted Vase
by: Sadie Ruiz, Oldsmar, Florida

My Mother gave me this vase, and I have had it over ten years. I am not sure if it has any value, but would like to know. It is hand painted, and in really good condition. The pictures do it no justice it is quite beautiful.



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This mark - which tends to occur from the 1950's from China says: "Qianlong Nian Zhi" - "Qianlong Period Make" (without the normal words "Da Qing" or "Great Qing"). Of course it isn't from the ancient Qing Dynasty, but that's to be expected from export wares which some people say are simply fakes, and other people say are honest affordable reproductions of antique wares which pay homage and allow ordinary people to have the look of ancient treasures in their homes.

I say they only become fakes if someone somewhere is setting out to deceive.

Peter (admin)

Different Ways of Writing "Da Qing" or "Great Qing"
by: Peter (admin)

just thought I would follow up by showing some of the different ways you might see Da Qing written on a marking


Either with or without the words "Da Qing" the Qianling/Qing markings are very common on modern 20th century export wares.

Just so you know the likelihood of what you might have or commonly see around.

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