This example is another recent fake of the type currently being sold wholesale from the warehouses of reproduction 'antique' suppliers. Commonly, items bearing the mark seen on this piece combine some type of metal mount (complete with chemically applied false patination on the surface, in order to appear old) with a porcelain component. In this case the porcelain section is comprised of a heavy base and a shallow dish decorated with pretty multi-colored flowers and gold trim. Add the facts that the metal is in the form of a couple of sweet-faced, grape draped putti and the porcelain base and dish sport an all-over crackled glaze (again to help suggest age) and to the eyes of a new collector this piece may very well seem to be what it is not - a valuable antique. Particularly since the somewhat impressive looking mark on its base includes a number that suggests a year date of '1895.'
Unfortunately for any who might buy this item as made in that year, the numbers present in that mark, which is sometimes referred to as a 'Wong Lee' mark, actually are just as fake as the item itself. They do not refer to the year this piece was made. If you were to buy another example of this item brand new from a wholesale supplier tomorrow (and you could, as they are still in stock) that example would also sport the same 'year' mark of 1895. Or, perhaps, 1896, although that number tends to appear more on items without metal mounts from the same manufacturer.
Should items with an all-over craze to the glaze be portrayed to you as very old European or English-made porcelain of high quality (as this piece is likely to be) just remember that for a time true porcelain was such a rarity in the Western world it was considered to be more precious than gold. Only the rich could afford to own items made of it. Characteristics that helped to make it so precious were its strength and resiliency. True porcelain is made at such high temperatures its body is vitrified to a glass-like consistency. The glaze actually fuses with the body at firing, becoming part of it. This means unless it is flawed in some way at manufacture true high quality porcelain will not exhibit glaze crazing. Most certainly a pattern of all over crazing like that generally seen mapped out over the entire surfaces of reproductions or fakes like the item in this listing is not indicative of very old European or English-made porcelain, no matter how old it is. This type of purposeful crazing effect should only be expected to be present on certain specific types of antique art pottery, like Japanese Satsuma, and never on fine antique porcelain.
This example measures approximately 12 inches long by 8 inches wide and is approximately 9 and 1/2 inches tall.
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