Q: I inherited this beautifully painted 11-inch-tall porcelain vase and would like to know its origins. The base is marked in blue with a crown above the back-to-back initials “JK” and below that “Dresden.” I believe “Germany” is written below. I cannot make out any markings in the gold stamp, but the incised marking appears to read *8/4 CV.” The word “Chrysanthemum” is written around the edge. Can you help?
A: Before we begin, we want to thank you for giving us such complete information about this spectacular late 19th or early 20th century vase.