Fine Large Chinese Ming Dynasty Blue & White Swatow Dish (rare pattern)
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 phoenix surrounded by foliage and blossoms; although many Swatow dishes are known featuring a standing phoenix, what makes this particular example rare is the pattern around the cavetto, the floral-filled eye-shaped panels and the triple lines most likely representing trigrams. The reverse of the dish is simply decorated with just one blue line surrounding the dish below the rim edge. 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.
Diameter 25.5 cm (10 inches). This dish is in fine condition. There is minor surface wear to the inner surface, as should reasonably be expected; there is no restoration or repair and this dish has a good ring when tapped.
For information: a similar example, excavated in Butuan, is shown in the fine book “Zhangzhou Ware Found in the Philippines” by Rita C. Tan.
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