Chinese Ming Dynasty Blue & White Porcelain Dish - Chrysanthemum
This unusual porcelain dish was made during the late 15th - 16th century. It is coated in a finely-crackled glaze. The base remains unglazed. This dish is a little under-fired and the underglaze blue decoration is rather dark in colour, the pattern featuring a chrysanthemum blossom in a vase in front of a trellis. There is some kiln grit embedded in the glaze around the foot edge which is a little uneven, presumably the glaze having caused it to fuse to the kiln floor, and minor staining to the glaze in places. Diameter 19.5 cm (7.5 inches). Condition is good with no repair or restoration.
Compare this to one illustrated in volume 37 of the "Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society 1967-69" (publications always well worth reading) that was found in the Philippines and, at the time, dated to the early 15th century. We think this dating is a little too early, however. Interestingly, our example was excavated in Cambodia.
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