Asian Pottery and Porcelain
When you find a piece of Asian porcelain or pottery, you must always remember that the writing in the mark does not always indicate the maker or age; you may have a later exact copy. Chinese and Japanese ceramics show a difference in artistic practice between the modern Western ceramicist and the Asian ceramicist regarding imitation. If an Asian artist considered a design, glaze, or shape beautiful, he or she often copied it, line for line, even to the mark. This was an accepted practice and not a type of faking.
Japanese, Chinese, and Korean potters borrowed freely from each other's designs. Europeans copied the Asian work, and Asian artists made pieces to suit the European taste. So a piece with European designs may have been produced in Asia, and a dish with Asian-style decoration may have been made in Europe.
Rose palette porcelains made in China and known to collectors today as Famille Rose became popular for export by the 1750s. This 17 1/2-inch-tall vase has panels picturing figures, birds, and butterflies. It was made in the late nineteenth century.