Rare Large Chinese Ming Dynasty Blue & White Swatow Dish (Deer & Horses)
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 deer oenix surrounded by foliage and blossoms. The decoration around the cavetto features five flying horses. This is a particularly rare pattern for a Swatow dish. The reverse of the dish is simply decorated with thin blue bands.
Diameter 27.75 cm (11 inches). A common feature of such ware is the sand / kiln grit that adheres to the glaze on the underside, and this dish is no exception. There is minor surface wear to the central inner surface and a hairline crack to the rim. However, there is no repair or restoration.
Please see also our other large Swatow dish with a vary rare pattern, stock number MA833.
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