Below are various marks and inscriptions from Chinese pottery and porcelain that we have had in stock over the last few years.This is not a comprehensive list, it is purely based on pieces we have had.An Inscribed Song Stoneware Bowl with Incised and Combed Petal Decoration. ISBN 0-906610-20-6) Illustrated on Page 23 Item 21.
However we have had many Imperial pieces and as you will see below there are many rare and interesting marks. The Pottery Wall Tile Glazed in Amber and Green, Decorated with Buddha Surrounded by Bodhisattvas and Disciples. For a Very Similar but Double Tile Lacking the Inscription See : The British Museum Item OA 1992.2-6.1.
Some antique porcelain marks identify the name of the buyer (or recipient), or did contain a dedication for the recipient when an item was a gift.
However, all these cannot be used for dating ceramics.
However, the name of the shop or manufacturer is hardy usable for dating Chinese ceramics.
Certain marks from the the Ming and especially the Qing dynasties are frequently found on later porcelain, made to order for court officials or persons of high rank.
Private kilns: The many types of antique porcelain marks from private kilns show that private kilns were generally more open to free expression.