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Carl Kempe Collection Chinese Ceramics # 691-Sotheby's


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Carl Kempe Chinese Ceramic Collection, # 691, an egg-shell porcelain DISH with pure white glaze, saucer shaped with shallow rounded sides on a low foot of wedge shaped section, the very slightly domed shaped base masterly decorated on the interior in "an hua" technique with a pair of mighty five-clawed dragons with scaly sinuous bodies (see picture # 5) racing around the sides chasing the flaming pearl of wisdom to surround the nianho (see picture #6) encircled at the centre of the bowl. Incised four characters archaic mark of Hung Chih (Hongzhi, 1488-1505) from Ching-te Chen kilns,(published "Chinese Ceramics in the Carl Kempe Collection, Bo Gyllensvard, Almqvist & Wiksell, Stockholm, Sweden, 1964) see page 205, #691 and pg. 214 for drawing of dragons. Collector's yellow & red CK # 691 label on bottom. Purchased at Sotheby's Paris, France. Dimensions: Height 1.5 inches (3.8 cms) Diameter 7 3/4 inches(19.7 cms) Condition: perfect.