Large Chinese Yuan / Ming Dynasty Longquan Celadon Dish
This large porcelain dish was made during the 14th – 15th century at the Longquan kilns in Zhejiang province. It is “heavily-potted” and very heavy for its size with a weight of 2.1 kg (4.5 lbs). The colour of the thick celadon glaze does vary a little in places but is particularly dark for this type of ware. The unglazed firing ring to the base has fired to an orange-brown.
A good size with a diameter of 28 cm (11 inches). Condition is very good: there is surface wear to the glaze, mostly to the inside center. It has a high-pitched ring when tapped and is free from any restoration or repair.
Of particular interest is the paper label to the base suggesting this dish was collected in Sarawak (a Malaysian state on the island of Borneo) in 1930 where it was, presumably, exported to some 500-600 years earlier!
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