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AlexV
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« on: February 10, 2013, 01:30 PM »

This pot (not sure if it is a pot if it doesn't have holes in it) was given to me by my Grandmother when she was getting rid of antiques she had collected.  I immediately noticed it was very old and asked her where she got it.  She has been to Asia many times, and had gotten the pot decades ago, she thought in China but had no other details.

I have seen other pots on the internet that are similar, and have had holes drilled in them for bonsai, which I am considering doing with this one, but wanted to see if anyone here could tell me anything about it, or if it is worth trying to convert it into a bonsai pot.  I would be perfectly happy to leave it on my shelf too.
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AlexV
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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2013, 01:31 PM »

A few more pictures.  Each of the 6 sides is different, and I just love the painting.  Any resources anyone has would be great, thanks for looking!

Cheers,
Alex
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bigDave
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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2013, 03:52 PM »

Some research is in order , don't you think? bonsai pots are abundant, but gramma's old heirloom might be valuable.

I'm just amused she cant remember where in the Orient she got it,

Gramma got around

 Grin


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AlexV
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« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2013, 05:30 PM »

Ya, she wasn't really a collector, she would just buy stuff she liked and wanted in her house.  She never kept records of where she got stuff or what it cost, she just kept the things she liked and gave away the rest.  They enjoyed China, and often told stories of being in warehouses of "rocks that look like mountains and bonsai."  That being said, it could have come from an estate sale or antique shop in the Bay Area too, she picked up stuff all over the place, some very valuable, others imitation trash.

I have seen similar dishes/trays/pots/whatever on ebay in the $100-200 range, but the painting is not nearly as good, nor do they show the same age and wear.  I have no intention of selling it, but often people selling things have better records of how old the thing is and where it came from.

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bigDave
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« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2013, 10:40 PM »

  people selling things have better records of how old the thing is and where it came from.


Or are better at making things up

 Grin

ming, ching, ..sting
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« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2013, 12:27 PM »

Don't drill holes into it until you find out if it is valuable or not. Homemade holes would probably reduce the value if it were a collectible dish.

It is beautiful. Question to the group - what type of tree/plant would look good with such an intricate finish?

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Don Dunn
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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2013, 02:05 AM »

Please take it to an antique dealer for an appraisal before you do anything else. If you have a good antique shop in your area they can tell you if it is valuable. It could be worth a lot of money and like Augustine said you would destroy any value by altering it in any way. If you drill a hole you could loose as much as 90% of it's value. Besides Grandma gave it to you that make's it special. If it's a $ 10.00 pot then have at it.
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AlexV
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« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2013, 12:00 PM »

No fear guys, I won't do anything dumb.  If I drill it, I will do so with Boon, and it will be after I have figured out all the specifics and had it appraised by a professional.  Really just digging for any info anyone has about these kinds of pots. 

My real fear is not devaluing the pot as it will never leave my family, my fear is breaking it during the drilling.

Cheers,
Alex
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Dave Murphy
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« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2013, 03:53 PM »

I guess, before drilling holes in the pot, I would ask myself if I have, or ever will have, a tree that would look good potted in it.  Honestly, I can't think of a tree that would pair up nicely with this container.  In my opinion, it's too colorful and the base definitely doesn't say "bonsai pot" me.  Finally, it reminds me of the container my grandma had on here counter in the pantry, always full of hard candy Grin....that's what I think you should do with it.
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« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2013, 08:11 PM »

This is not a bonsai pot. It is a famille rose octagonal foliated bowl from the late Qing dynasty, about 150 years old. The bottom has a four-character mark which says Made in the years of Tongzhi in Chinese seal script. You would be better off not to drill a hoke and use it to plant bonsai.
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