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Identification of Asian Antiques. Translation of Chinese and Japanese Porcelain Marks
Identification of Asian Art. Translation of Chinese and Japanese Porcelain Marks
Do you need help with identification of your antique Chinese or Japanese items? Own an unknown Asian object and want to know how old it is, who made it or what it might be worth? Learn more →
Samuella Spurr
4 June 2024
Replied very quickly (within half an hour) and was extremely helpful!
martin Howlett
28 May 2024
Quick response and very knowledgable and valuation given. Thank you.
Kristen Yurek
25 May 2024
Very helpful and knowledgeable.
Suzi Denton
21 May 2024
These folks are seriously, so responsive! I inquired about a vase and within a half hour, Robert provided me with manufacturer, valuation, and sale documentation. Excellent customer service! Can't recommend highly enough! Suzi Denton USA
SJ Bird
20 May 2024
Very fast informative answer! Robert replied me within an hour of filling in the form with everything I needed to know about my statue. Highly recommend this service, great value! Thanks!
Wesley Cole
18 May 2024
Great doing business with. Thank you for the help on confirming the artist!
Emiliya Markova
13 May 2024
I recently used Oriental Antiques UK's identification service for some Japanese porcelain pieces, and I was incredibly impressed with their professionalism and knowledge. Robert, who assisted me, was incredibly helpful and informative. He provided detailed information about the age, origin, and markings on my items, even managing to decipher a partial mark on a tricky pair of dishes. The turnaround time for the identification was very fast, and the pricing was fair. I especially appreciated the clear explanations and the additional insights Robert offered about the history and significance of the pieces. Overall, I had a fantastic experience with Oriental Antiques UK and would highly recommend them to anyone seeking reliable and informative identification services for their antiques.
Sue Lewis
17 April 2024
I have used the appraisal service provided several times and am always delighted by the depth of specialist knowledge, the speed of response and great value for the very modest appraisal fee. I highly recommend Oriental Antiques UK whatever your needs be in this category of antiques, whether it be for identification of items, buying or selling.
Janette & Tony Pointer
17 April 2024
Very prompt replies and Robert seems very knowledgeable. Will use again
Monika Mueller
19 March 2024
I was very impressed wit the service. They went above and beyond the simple mark appraisal that I had ordered for a figurine. They were able to tell me about the time period of origin and even sent me pictures to compare for pricing. I had also checked with a free facebook group and received the exact same answer, only with more detail. I highly recommend them.


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Buy and sell Asian antiques with confidence

Specialist dealer in Asian works of art from China, Japan, India and other Asian countries. Our ever-changing collection features unique and unusual objects with a story to tell. We offer free online valuations of antiques and identification service for those looking to learn more about their Asian items. Explore our collection of free Asian art resources below or contact us directly to learn more.

Visit our Resources for Dealers and Collectors of Asian Art for a complete list of our reference pages.


Identify Chinese and Japanese porcelain markings

Use our resource pages to identify maker’s marks on antique porcelain from China and Japan. Chinese Porcelain Marks Identification Guide lists reign marks and seal marks of Qing and Ming dynasty emperors. Simple guide explains how to read and quickly identify various Chinese porcelain marks. Japanese Porcelain Marks Identification Guide lists many maker’s marks found on antique Japanese porcelain and ceramic objects including Arita porcelain, Kutani porcelain, Seto porcelain, Satsuma pottery and others. Each mark also includes links with examples of works by that particular studio or decorator.

If you need further assistance with identification of Asian art and porcelain marks, please visit Identification of Asian Art. Translation of Chinese and Japanese Porcelain Marks


Learn more and find out what’s your Asian art worth

Once you’ve determined the origin of your item, you might want to visit our Asian Art Price Guide that shows recent auction results for Chinese and Japanese antiques and includes prices separated into various categories such as blue and white porcelain, famille rose porcelain, Chinese export silver, Chinese bronzes, Chinese cloisonné, Japanese cloisonné, as well as Satsuma pottery. You can compare your piece with similar examples in our reference archive of high quality photographs and our hand-picked lists featuring some of the finest examples of Asian antiques currently for sale online: 

Chinese Blue and White Porcelain
Chinese Famille Rose Porcelain
Chinese and Japanese Cloisonné
Japanese Satsuma Pottery
Japanese Jewellery Boxes and Cabinets


Another great way to learn how to determine whether a piece of Chinese porcelain is genuine is to study our regularly updated list of the most expensive Chinese porcelain recently sold on eBay. Those interested to learn about Japanese art can visit our page with the most expensive Japanese antiques recently sold on eBay.

Do you need further assistance with the valuation of your antique object? Try our free online appraisals and antiques identification service.

If you come across any unknown or foreign terms related to Asian art and antiques, head over to our page titled Terminology of Asian Art – Frequently Used Terms and Their Meaning. Here you will find a simple glossary of commonly used terms that you are likely to come across as a dealer and collector of Asian Art. Included are Chinese and Japanese terms for objects and art techniques, words taken from Buddhism and Daoism, special porcelain and ceramic terminology, as well as some English phrases related to ceramics or Asian Arts in general.


Sell your antiques

If you have any antique objects that you wish to sell, please contact us and send photos, dimensions and a brief description to:
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We buy antique Asian art and can arrange collection in Kent, London, Surrey and Sussex. We are interested in genuine antiques and Asian art from China, Japan, India, Tibet and other Asian countries. We also buy oriental furniture and can arrange a collection of furniture from your home.


Buy genuine Asian art

Do you buy Asian art on eBay? Check out our eBay shop with additional exclusive Buy It Now items and regular auctions of Asian antiques. And for even more genuine Chinese and Japanese porcelain and antiques currently for sale on eBay, follow our Asian Art Curator page that features specially selected auctions ending soon. If that’s not enough for you, we also have dedicated pages for those looking to buy Chinese porcelain and Japanese antiques specifically.

Explore Chinese Art section of our shop with a variety of Chinese porcelain vases, Qing dynasty textiles, Chinese hardwood furniture and many other authentic Chinese antiques. Our Japanese Art section offers wide selection of decorative items including Japanese porcelain, lacquered cabinets and a range of other antique Japanese works of art. General Asian art section features additional antiques from India, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand and other Oriental countries.

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We hope that these free Asian art resources will help collectors, students and anyone else with newly found appreciation for Chinese and Japanese art.
– Team Oriental Antiques UK

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