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Date marked furniture

The page Chinese date marks showed the different types of date marks that can be seen on Chinese furniture . This page displays actual examples of date marked pieces. The image beside the item shows the actual mark.

2 046 date

Ming style cabinet - Inside of door - the characters read "qian long er shi liu nian", 26th year of emperor Qianlong (1761).

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Linen cabinet with deer carving - Inside of door - the characters read "qian long shi liu nian", 16th year of emperor Qianlong (1751).

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Square stool with wraparound stretchers - Underside of stool - characters read "dao guang qi nian" 7th year of the emperor Daoguang (1826).  Characters to the left are the owner's name.

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Official hat armchairs - Back of rear support - the characters are very faint but read "qian long er shi liu nian", 26th year of emperor Qianlong (1761).

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Linen cabinet - Inside of cabinet door.  Markings are in heavenly stems so could be 1847, 1907 or 1967.  The light timber and patina is inconsistent for a piece over 160 years old.  The decoration is very traditional and unlikely considering China was going through the Cultural Revolution in 1967.  By deduction therefore, the cabinet is almost certainly 1907.

18 121 date

Calligraphy panel "Diligence and caution achieve prosperity" - Left hand corner of calligraphy panel, characters read 22nd year of the emperor Guangxu, 1896

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Food basket - Detail of food basket combining reign period and heavenly stems. The characters are the jia zi year of the Republic of China which is 1924.

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Fruit basket - Base of fruit basket, date is on the second line from the right and reads 8th year of the Republic of China (1919).

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Display stand - Inside of door - the central line of charcters read "jia qing shi jiu nian", 19th year of emperor Jiaqing (1814)

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Grain measure - The characters are very faint but can be just made out to read "dao guang er shi nian", 20th year of emperor Daoguang (1840).

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