Question: How do you read Chinese pottery marks?

Of all Chinese porcelain marks, reign marks are generally the easiest markings to read as they follow a set format. On each six-character reign mark, the first two characters indicate the dynasty, the second two characters give the name of the Emperor, and the last two characters translate to “made for”.

What do pottery marks mean?

Pottery marks may be used by a firm to indicate a quality standard. Hypothetically a firm may use a red mark to note the pieces made with their highest quality clay, a green mark to note pieces made with the lowest quality clay.

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