TomVerlain wrote:re: qing plate - it was a bit flea bitten, but I found the owner's name etched into the surface interesting. I was told when people brought plates or wares like this to large communal meals, having your name on the piece was helpful in sorting them out at the end.
I like the history of pieces like this, and like a bit of ancient history on my tea table.
I didn't look at the large images. In the small images i saw a kiln chip. I think that at times a small chip or so in those plates can add to the charm of the piece. It's not a piece for the showcase - it's something that has been used, and is to use more.
I think as well that old stuff on the tea table adds enormously to the atmosphere.