Fine Chinese Yuan Dynasty Junyao Dish (Ex. Sotheby's)
This stoneware dish was made during the Yuan Dynasty (AD 1279 - 1368). It is "heavily-potted" and coated in a thick and finely-cracked Jun glaze that has produced an attractive range of colours, from a pale greenish-brown where thin at the rim edge, to pale sky blues and shades of purple. The unglazed base and thick foot have fired to a pale reddish-brown. In the centre of the unglazed base there seems to be a Chinese character in black pigment, although it is too pale to decipher. The short rectangular indentation to the base was clearly caused during manufacture and in no way affects the integrity of this dish.
We originally bought this dish from Sotheby's in London in July 2003 (lot number 0272, sale "Japanese & Chinese Works of Art", 17th July 2003). In September 2003 we sold it to a private collector, whose label now appears to the base. We were recently lucky enough to be able to re-acquire it so now once again we offer it for sale (of course, the collector's label can very easily be removed from the base if required).
Diameter 15.5 cm (6 inches). Although this dish appears to be in perfect condition, when looking at it very closely with a magnifying glass, a very small professional rim repair can be detected, obviously a repair to a small rim chip - we have shown close-up images. (This was not mentioned by Sotheby's !). Notwithstanding this, this dish is in fine condition.
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