Fine Large Chinese Song Dynasty Incised Celadon Dish (Ex. British Museum / Published)
This fine and very rare dish was made during the 11th - 12th century, most likely in Fujian province. The upper surface is decorated with an elaborate incised pattern that features, in its centre, a bird in flight, surrounded by a scrolling floral pattern. It is coated in an olive-green glaze, the colour of which varies slightly in places, apart from the sturdy foot where the pale grey body is revealed.
Diameter 27.25 cm (10.75 inches). This dish is in fine condition, has no restoration or repair and has a deep sonorous ring when tapped.
For information: we recently acquired this dish from a private English collection. It was exhibited at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford in 1988 in the exhibition "The Chinese Potters' Exploration of Iron Oxide Glazes". It is illustrated and described on page 52 of the accompanying book "Iron in the Fire" (ISBN 0 903421 23 2). Then in 1997 it was again exhibited, this time at the British Museum in their "Oriental Green Wares" exhibition.
Note: in the book "Iron in the Fire" the bird is described as a goose.
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