Yongzheng and Qianlong Porcelain Feet and Reign Marks

Yongzheng and Qianlong Porcelain Feet and Reign Marks


A Visual Guide for Authenticating Chinese Porcelain 

"Foot rims are the window to the soul"  (of porcelain anyway) 

As we've pointed out in similar posts books and reference guides on Chinese porcelains are usally
Yongzheng and Qianlong Porcelain Feet and Reign Marks
Qianlong Reign mark, C.T. Loo
lacking good clear images of the feet and marks. Its true that some do show the reign mark, but they are generally much too small and leave out the bases. To help with this we thought it would be very useful for collectors and dealers to present some illustrated examples. 

"I wish I could see the foot", how many times have you said that?


This absence of more detailed images often leaves the reader, student, collector, curator and dealer frustrated wondering many things. After all their were numerous things made in China during different periods which were often nearly exact copies of things from previous periods. Often how the bases and feet look is your best indicator in making a decision or identifying already collected pieces. 
  • What color is the paste? 
  • What shape is the foot..
  • Is the base glazed or un-glazed, 
  • How far down the foot does the glaze go?, 
  • Does the glaze end neatly...?  
So, as we did with our posts on Ming Porcelains,Kangxi and Yixing we thought it might benefit collectors and dealers to put together a mountain of images of porcelains from the 18th C. Early Qing period on this page.
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The objects here focus mainly on the:
  •  Yongzheng Period (1723–1735).
  •  Qianlong Period (1736-1795)

We went through and plucked from a variety of sources including a large number from the "David Collection" held at the British Museum and from our own archives as many appropriate objects as we could to fill the void a little with this kind of information.

Seeing Yongzheng and Qianlong Porcelain feet and reign marks will make you a better and more discerning collector of Chinese porcelains. 


18th C. Yongzheng and Qianlong Porcelains With Feet, Bottoms and Reign Marks

Yongzheng and Qianlong Porcelain Feet and Reign Marks


Object type: incense-burner
Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
Production date: 18thC-19thC
Production place: Jingdezhen


Qing dynasty Ge Incense Burner


Qing dynasty Wine Cup


Object type: cup
Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
Production date: 18thC


Base Qing dynasty Wine Cup


Qing dynasty Vase langyao glaze


Object type: vase
Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
Production date: 1700-1800
Production place: Jingdezhen


Foot Qing dynasty Vase langyao glaze















Qing Dynasty White Glazed vase
  • Object type: vase
  • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
  • Production date: 18thC

















Qing Ge type Pear shaped vase
  • Object type: vase
  • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
  • Production date: 18thC


Foot-rm Qing Ge type Pear shaped vase




Qing dynasty Zhadow vase
  • Object type: vase
  • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
  • Production date: 18thC
  • Production place: Zhangzhou











































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