Beautiful Chinese Bowl Donated to Habitat - Please Help Me Identify Markings
Can anyone help me identify the markings on this beautiful bowl? It was donated to Habitat for Humanity's Home Store in Naples, FL. We get many donations from grown children who come to clear out their parents belongings after they have passed away. Lots of antique dealers come to buy items from our store and then they go sell them in their own store for a huge mark up. I am trying to identify the maker/origin/value of this bowl just in case it's worth something more than $20. I would like Habitat to make the profit instead of another dealer. My daughter's Chinese teacher told me that it says "Empire Japan" on the bottom. It also says "made BY Tong Teng" or "made IN Tong Teng". I google map'd Tong Teng and nothing came up. Can anyone explain what Empire Japan means and why it would be written in Chinese? Any help would be much appreciated.