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    Sale 2389

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 November 2007, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1753

    A RARE LONGQUAN CELADON 'TWIN-FISH' DISH

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    A RARE LONGQUAN CELADON 'TWIN-FISH' DISH
    SOUTHERN SONG DYNASTY (1127-1279)

    The dish potted with rounded sides rising to a flat everted mouth rim, decorated on the interior with a pair of scaly fish swimming in opposite directions moulded in high relief, the exterior moulded with lotus petals radiating upward from the unglazed foot, covered overall in a glaze of sea-green tone draining at the rim and moulded decoration
    8 7/8 in. (22.3 cm.) diam., Japanese wood box


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    For a discussion on this 'twin-fish' motif as an auspicious symbol of harmonious marriage and good fortune, see S. Pierson, Designs as Signs: Decoration and Chinese Ceramics, London, 2001, p. 19, where a smaller Longquan dish (15.1 cm. diam.) from the Percival David Foundation is illustrated, op. cit., no. 11; also, Cf. two closely related examples, the first from the Cunliffe collection, sold at Bonhams, 11 November 2002, lot 61: and another dish dated to the Yuan dynasty with crackled glaze, formerly from the George de Menasce collection, illustrated by J. Ayers, Chinese Ceramics, The Koger Collection, London, 1985, p. 62, no. 39.

    Provenance

    A Japanese private collection, acquired in the 1970's
    The Maeda family collection, by repute


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