Why does a piece of porcelein have a mark stamped “foreign?”
The question was answered on the Gotheborg website. I cannot take credit for the answer.
“In 1893 the USA, being a rising power; passed a law that all imported items must be marked by the country of origin having until 1923 for complete marks.
In the meantime countries like England and France just marked their pieces with “England” instead of “Made in England”, which was required in 1923.
Some countries like Japan and China marked their goods “foreign” between 1893 and 1923 meaning it was their export product, going outside their own country.”
A Chinese piece just marked “Foreign” seems to be the first export mark before “CHINA” to be followed by “Made in China.”