Chinese Pottery Plate With Flower Basket and Apocryphal Marks
This decorative pottery plate was made of white clay with a bluish glaze. The central design of a basket filled with flowers represents riches in the Daoist religion. Hidden in the design of the basket is the number 19 and we have no idea why it is there (in photograph #3, it's above the left scrolled handle of the basket, between the flowers). The diaper design around the dished rim is composed of diamonds, each with its own four-petaled flower. The plate is marked on the back with Chinese characters in blue set in a square. We've identified at least one character as one used on pieces from the Ming Dynasty, but this plate is a 20th century version. These marks were not usually used on later pieces to deceive the buyer; in Asian countries, this practice shows admiration for previous works. These types of marks are termed "apocryphal," which sounds fancier than "imitation," don't you think?
This footed plate is 10 inches in diameter and 1 inch high. It weighs 2 pounds and is in excellent condition (note that the bit of embedded sand visible to the right of the flower basket is common with Asian pottery). This large plate is a lovely display piece wherever it's placed.