Reign Mark Ring 01

Linda WangBeijingChina

300Antique porcelain, fine jewellry handmade sterling silver blue and white reign mark ring

1.6 x 2.0 cm

For this creation, I use Porcelain selected from the Kangxi period of the Qing dynasty (1661AD -1722AD)The style of writing of Qing reign marks varies, but can be separated into two broad divisions within which there are further sub-divisions.In the first division written in ‘kai-shu’ (regular or modern script), the mark consists of six characters written in two columns of three characters. It is read from right to left and in descending order. The first character reads ‘da’ (great), followed by ‘qing’ (pure), the official name of the alien Manchu dynasty. This is followed by the two characters giving the reign title of the ruling emperor. The fifth character reads ‘nian’ (year) and the final character reads ‘zhi’ (made/manufactured).Well,some porcelain wares were made during the Qing Dynasty may not inscribe reign mark of this period. Instead ancient artists inscribe reign mark of former dynasties. They'd love to express appreciation and admiration for its superb craftsmanship. The mark above was written in ‘Kai-shu’, it should be read as follows: This translates as “made in the reign of Chenghua (reign title of the ninth Ming emperor) in the Great Ming dynasty”.The second broad division of reign marks is written in ‘Zhuan’ (archaic seal script). It reflects the eighteenth century’s obsession with the archaic style. The seal script reign marks are translated in exactly the same way as in the ‘kai-shu’ script.This ring is beautifully crafted from antique fragments of porcelain from the period and is of heirloom quality.Ring size is adjustable.Each piece is completely unique and celebrates the ancient artists who crafted and hand-painted such elegant quality.Finding complete examples of their work is extremely rare, so they are not only valued as pieces of jewelry but also as a valuable piece of art.The originality of each example underlines it's classic, timeless appeal and makes a wonderful statement of excellence.The perfect addition to your own personal collection or a precious gift for family members, friends and business partners.The ring comes along with an identity card, a presentation purse, a silver polishing cloth and a nice brocade box.This item is handmade from antique porcelain, and it's small imperfections are part of the beauty of working with these original materials.We value your thoughts and feelings and love to hear from you all, so please do not hesitate to get in touch!

WOOCS 2.1.9

$ 355

1 in stock

My name is Linda Wang. And I'm from Beijing, China. I've worked for the past 9 years with Chinese antiquities and collectibles, and out of this arose my passion - making my own jewelry from fragments of beautiful ancient porcelain.  I majored in business English in college, and so I often wonder, where's the connection with what I studied and what I do for a living? I believe I am destined to build some connections somehow. That's why I built this website! I've been designing and making handmade jewelry since 2013. This arose out of my work with antiques. My first job out of college was with a company that specialized in gemstones and antique snuff bottles. Now I work as a consultant for a company which sells jewelry made from antique porcelain shards.  Porcelain from the dynastic periods of Chinese history is famous for its beauty, delicacy, and craftsmanship, and precious vessels can be found in museums worldwide. In China, broken pieces of decorated porcelain (shards) are also considered little treasures, and are much more affordable to collect!  Anyway, at first learning about antique porcelain was something I worked at just to stay competitive in my job. On my own, I spent hours researching, going to museums, and talking with local experts and antique lovers. I took notes! And I studied, learned dates, porcelain styles and painting techniques, and so on. To be able to work in this field, I also need a lot of information about the history and culture of the time when the original pieces were made.  At first it was rote learning! This was a pretty hard time for me, since I was working full time, and also studying in the evenings.  Then I started to find porcelain intriguing. I felt like I had a basic grasp of the subject after half a year of study. Then I almost became crazy about it. I started to collect antique porcelain pieces in the meantime.  It has been over 6 years since I started working with antique porcelain jewelry in my day job, first as a salesperson, and now as a porcelain consultant. My friends ask me why I get so carried away, can't stop talking about the shards I collect, and why I even make my own artwork from ancient porcelain. Because I really love it - I can't stop!  There's always more to learn from experts and antique lovers, who have taught me so much. When you look at and handle an antique porcelain shard, you can't get all the information that an expert could detect from a complete porcelain piece. But I usually can take a look at an antique shard and from the body of the ceramic, the glaze, and the color or pattern, I can tell at least the dynasty and the period (a "period" of Chinese porcelain is named after a specific emperor). Single-color porcelain from earlier eras (such as the Tang or Song dynasties, 10th and 11th centuries) actually gives me a rush - my heart starts beating faster! It's like drinking strong tea. Porcelain from more recent times (like the Qing dynasty, 18th century), which tends to be more or less realistically decorated, is a more subtle pleasure, like drinking a lighter tea.  It comes from ancient times. It involves different arts. With over a thousand years of different styles and eras of porcelain to taste, I'll never run out of fresh cups of tea!

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