Large Chinese Ming / Yuan Dynasty Longquan Celadon Porcelain Dish with Peony Pattern
This large and "heavily-potted" dish was made in the 14th century at one of the Longquan kilns in Zhejiang province, during the Yuan (AD 1279 - 1368) or early Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). It is the archetypal large Longquan celadon dish, an example of which should really be in every serious collection of Chinese ceramics.
It has a fluted cavetto and a carved peony in its centre. The celadon glaze is crackled in places. The unglazed edge of the foot has fired to a deep orange-brown, where also can be seen the pale grey porcelain body. There is some minor surface wear and three old filled chips to the rim (that could be improved upon). It is particularly highly-fired and has a good sonorous ring when tapped.
Diameter 34.5 cm (13.5 inches). It is a nice example but with imperfections and is priced accordingly.
For information: Very similar examples are described and illustrated in the Chinese celadon "bible", the Southeast Asian Ceramics Society book, "Chinese Cealdons and Other related Wares in Southeast Asia".
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