I  was recently helping a friend identify a porcelain.   In the process, I ended up
doing some basic calligraphy.   He suggested to me that it might be good if
the info I provided was added to my site since it involves basic Chinese marks
commonly seen on modern pieces currently being produced in China.

Though it doesn't apply to early Chinese porcelain, it does give a very basic
idea to how the marks evolved.  So, on his suggestion, click here if you would
like a very brief and simple introduction to Chinese calligraphy.  Thank you Ian
for suggesting it.

Regarding translation of Chinese to English, you may enjoy the following:

Meet Pinyin Man

Regarding the Calligraphy connection to Seal Marks, you may enjoy this:

Seal Marks & Experts - Inconsistancies in both.

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