Systematic marking of export porcelain did not begin before the late 19th century.
In the 1890s export porcelain was marked with "China" for the first time, due to a new import regulation of the United States requiring that the country of origin had to be stated on imported items.
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Private kilns: The many types of antique porcelain marks from private kilns show that private kilns were generally more open to free expression.
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