Rare Large Chinese Ming Dynasty Blue & White Swatow Dish (Phoenix & Dragons)
This blue & white "Swatow" (or "Zhangzhou") porcelain dish was made during the Wanli Reign (1573 - 1620) of the Ming Dynasty. It is coated in a thick glaze and decorated in underglaze blue, the pattern featuring a standing bird / phoenix surrounded by foliage and blossoms. Around the cavetto are three stylized dragons. This is a particularly rare pattern for a Swatow dish. The reverse of the dish is simply decorated with thin blue bands.
Diameter 28 cm (11 inches). A common feature of such ware is the sand / kiln grit that adheres to the glaze on the underside. There is a kin scar to the underside that has been ground down, most likely during antiquity, where apparently kiln grit had become embedded within the glaze during firing. There is some surface wear to the central inner surface. However, there is no repair or restoration and this dish has a good ring when tapped.
Please see also our other large Swatow dish with a vary rare pattern, stock number MA834 .
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