This example is a very large and heavy fake. It has the look of hand painted antique Asian porcelain, for which it could all too easily be mistaken. United Wilson Porcelain Factory is the Hong Kong company that made this item. They specialize in copying European Blue and White and antique metal mounted ceramics and 18th century Chinese Export porcelain. They churn out tons of fakes, reproductions and fantasy 'decorator' items each year, much of which is for Western consumption.
Other than the company's mark, which is entirely modern, a feature that helps to differentiate this item from a truly old piece is the way it was made. It has holes drilled in the foot rim at the back for hanging the piece on the wall. This is a clear indication it was made for decorative purposes and not meant for actual food use.
The crowned mark on the base includes a number suggesting a year date of '1897.' Unfortunately for any who might buy this item as made in that year, like similarly dated 'Wong Lee' company marks that this mark resembles, the '1897' year date is just as fake as the item itself. That number does not refer to the year this piece was made. If you were to buy another example of this item brand new tomorrow (and you probably could) it would also sport the same 'year' mark of 1897. There are so many similarities between items made by the United Wilson company and those marked with the dated 'Wong Lee' marks, it is generally presumed all are actually produced by United Wilson. See the Favorite Links page for further information on 20th Century Chinese maker's marks.
Measures 12 inches in diameter and is 2 inches high.
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