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c. 1400 Early Ming Longquan Celadon Charger

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Date: Early 15th century | Yongle period, early Ming dynasty
Material: Porcelain with a lime-alkali glaze; Longquan celadon ware
Diameter: 33.5 cm / 13.2 in
Height: 6 cm / 2.4 in
Provenance: From a Frisco, Texas estate

A lovely early Ming Longquan celadon circular dish, fully decorated by underglaze incision and carving with a full array of peony floral scrolls and sprays. The glaze is a thick, creamy olive hue, and still retains much of its original luster. Its refined circular dish shape with curving cavetto walls and rounded mouth rim is suggestive of a Yongle period date, when this shape was introduced and popular. The prior favored shape for Longquan chargers tend to be large and bulky, with pronounced flaring rims.

Condition: excellent antique condition, except there are some original firing flaws: a section of the reverse side has some discoloration of the glaze due to unstable kiln temperatures, and several patches of glaze are pitted or missing in that same reverse side (likely from sticking to other objects during firing. [Please examine all photos carefully, as they are part of the condition report.]