How do you read Chinese reign marks?
How do you read a reign mark? Reign marks are most commonly written in vertical columns and are read from top to bottom, and from right to left. It is thought that this system of reading and writing grew from ancient Chinese traditions of writing on vertical strips of bamboo or bone.
How do you know if you have a Ming dynasty bowl?
The touch of blackish is at least a good sign if you are looking for provincial Ming. Modern late 19th century pieces is often decorated with an annoyingly dark, clear blue. Look for this on ginger jars with big characters on.