Chinese/Red stamp

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Red stamp
Red stamp  
Hello Sr William,
How are you? I have nice chinese brush pot! It looks old, but i can not decipher the stamp. Can you help me, please?
Kind regards
Szonja

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Hello, Szonja,

It is indeed very nice to hear from long-time friends like you.  I hope all is well with you.

The red stamp that you posted (though the image is not very clear) carries the following Chinese words:

尚書制誥

and, whereas:

尚書(Pinyin: shng shū. Meaning: a low ranking clerical official responsible for delivering monarchy orders and announcements) 制誥(Pinyin: zh go. Meaning: a Letter Patent);

Reading the words together, the term has the meaning of "a Letter Patent (a legal instrument in the form of a published written order) issued by a (low ranking) Clerical Official".

I hope you'll find the above information helpful.  Please do not hesitate to let me know if you need any clarifications.

With warm regards,

Sir William

P.S.  Due to health issues since earlier this year, I may be closing down my services at AllExperts in the not too distant future.  Nonetheless, I would be more than happy to assist you as far as I could via my personal address: sirwilliamk@gmail.  

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