Small Chinese Ming Dynasty Blue & White Porcelain Dish - Peach & Bird
This small porcelain dish was made during the mid to late 16th century (c. 1560 - 1590). The underglaze blue decoration features a bird perched upon a branch of a peach tree. The underside is more simply decorated with just two thin blue bands circling the base.
The peach represents marriage and is a symbol of immortality and springtime.
Diameter 10 cm (4 inches). There is minor "fritting" to the glaze at the rim edge, entirely normal for porcelain of this period, and the smallest of surface chips to the glaze at the underside rim edge; overall good condition with no repair or restoration.
This item is part of a recently acquired old English collection comprising mostly Ming Dynasty blue & white porcelain but also including a few earlier celadons and some South-East Asian ceramics.
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