Large Chinese Ming Dynasty Blue & White Zhangzhou Porcelain Dish
This large and "heavily-potted" blue & white "Swatow" or "Zhangzhou" porcelain dish was made in Fujian province on the south-east coast of China during the mid to late 16th century, c.1550 - 1570. The underglaze blue decoration features a scrolling border and peony spray in its centre. The peony is a symbol of honour, love and feminine beauty. The reverse of the dish is carved with ribs and groves that surround the base.
This is a large dish with a diameter of 31 cm (12.25 inches) and weighing in at 1.85 kg (4 lbs). There is some surface wear to the glaze, the rim is chipped and there are chips to the edge of the foot ring, most likely caused during antiquity. Overall though, a nice large example in good presentable and useable condition with no restoration or repair and a good ring when tapped.
For information: a very similar example is illustrated in Barbara Harrisson's fine 1979 book "Swatow", a book well worth tracking down.
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