Ming cobalt blue + white porcelain dish depicting 4 Fish and Aquatic Plants. A rare collector's item depicting favoured subject during Chieng Hua (1465-1487) and Chia Ching (1522-1566) Reigns, i.e. 4 Fish identified as Qingyu (a fresh water Mullet), Baiyu (type of Carp), Lianyu (Bream) and Quiyu (Mandarin Fish). According to LiYiping, combination of these 4 Fish symbolises "unsullied and incorruptible".
There are 2 natural firing cracks on the base of this dish (see last enlargement for details); this is not damage, but a characteristic encountered when firing at high temperatures in the kiln and evidence of the period (1368 - 1644 A.D.) as well as it's authenticity. Furthermore, the dish is not perfectly level. There was most likely an export seal attached to the base which someone attempted to remove (has scratches around seal). No chips nor hairlines. Size: 39cm top diameter, 24.5cm bottom diameter, Height: 5.5 cm. Further photographs available on request. Please indicate your zip code/location for shipping costs by Fedex, DHL or UPS and insurance, thank you.