Very Rare Chinese Ming Dynasty Small White Porcelain Dish
Whilst it is tempting to attribute this fine small dish as Qingbai ware dating to the Song Dynasty, one solitary almost identical example was recovered from the "Wanli Shipwreck" dated to the early 17th Century (see page 149 of the fine book, "The Wanli Shipwreck and its Ceramic Cargo" by Sten Sjostrand & Sharipah Lok Lok Syed Idrus). For this reason we date this dish to the latter part of the Ming dynasty. It has a foliate rim and moulded ribbing to the underside. In the centre is a lightly incised band and four firing marks (exactly the same as that from the Wanli Shipwreck).
Diameter: 7.5 cm. There is minor flaking of the thin glaze to the underside, but there is no repair or restoration - condition is very good.
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