Large Chinese Ming Dynasty Blue & White Porcelain Dish
This blue & white "Swatow" (or "Zhangzhou") porcelain dish was made during the Wanli Reign (1573 - 1620) of the Ming Dynasty. It is quite "heavily-potted", coated in a thick crackled glaze and decorated in underglaze blue with the "double phoenix" pattern, two phoenixes standing facing each other, presumably male and female, surrounded by foliage and blossoms. The glaze is not particularly glossy but is of good colour with a nice contrast having been achieved to outline and emphasize the pattern.
Swatow, or Zhangzhou, ceramics were often exported to the South East Asian market. A common feature of such ware is the sand / kiln grit that adheres to the glaze on the underside as they were placed on sand in kiln prior to firing.
Diameter 27.5 cm (10.75 inches). There is a small glaze defect at the rim edge caused during manufacture, quite common for such thickly-glazed wares, but overall a very nice example in fine condition with no restoration or repair.
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