MAGINE, the finest Chinese Master Artisan’s from the mid 19th century onward namely porcelain decorators such as the 8 friends of Zhushan, whose better works now command six-seven figures. So here we have a magnificently and with exacting precision Master Artisan decorated porcelain table screen. I was so taken with the intricate design, that for three weeks I savored only the front of this work, however tonight, given the fact there was no artist’s seal affixed to the surface, it was high time to pay attention to the back, after all this is the kind of quality only a very small number of Provincial Master Artisan’s or even the highest echelon Masters can produce, and this work is so special that if not on the front of the work, there really is only one other option where a great Master might sign his work.
First thing I look for is signs of age….how about the nail heads and where the nail broke the surface of the wood….the result was wonderful nice oxidization on the early circa 1850-1900 misshapen nail head.
Now, if you are a great Master Artisan and have placed a form of identification to the back of the porcelain plaque, and are understandably proud of what is clearly a ‘Masterpiece’ , of course you want to provide protection to the back of the porcelain plaque, however, also ease of access….enjoy the photos….I may not sell the piece at this time….
I’ve been studying and collecting Chinese porcelain now for over 31 years and this being somewhat of a newer work in my collection in the coming days will be adding this to my website ......http://pelchatantiques.com/beta….. as there is a very revealing magnification tool to view “UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL” a great Master Artisan’s work. I have a feeling this artwork may have been created by a student apprentice from Qianjiang School of Ceramics. Looking at this exceptional porcelain creation it has been difficult for me to imagine why such a work does not bear the artist’s seal on the surface of the plaque?
Bi Botao one of the great porcelain decorators from the 8 Friends of Zhushan comes to mind when thinking of who the artist was, however as fine as his works were this plaque is like looking at Bi Botao’s works in the “third dimension”.
Though the stand clearly is not original to the plaque, and the frame including the backing is of such high caliber gazing at the absolute incomparable beauty of this porcelain piece I have resisted the temptation to remove the backing to see if this gifted porcelain Master Artisan has taken the time to sign the reverse…..$CAN 20000.00 Dollars