LATE MING LONGQUAN CELADON CHARGER (MLQ041410)
late 16th- 17th century
Late Ming Dynasty
Porcelain with a lime-alkali glaze; Longquan celadon ware
Diameter: 33.8 cm / 13.3 in
Height: 7 cm / 2.8 in
From a Long Island, NY estate
A late Ming Longquan celadon charger, decorated with a freely carved peony spray and a diaper-patterned cavetto. The glaze is a deep glassy green.
Chargers such as this are amongst the last produced at Longquan. Historical surveys revealed that Longquan kilns steadily dwindled in number throughout the late Ming. In 1550, the government imposed a ban on overseas trade. This decree curtailed sales and badly damaged local coastal economies around Longquan county. By the time the ban lifted in 1567, the kilns could not compete with Jingdezhen and failed to recaptured the international market.
A stylistically similar charger, dated slightly earlier, is in the British Museum (Franks.135.+; ex-Bushell collection).
Condition: surface age wear, chip to footrim, otherwise in good antique condition. [Please examine all photos carefully, as they are part of the condition report.]