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The characters tian zhi mei lu may be translated as "the beauty of heavenly prosperity". Lu, meaning prosperity or happiness, is a pun on lu, or deer.
A nearly identical deer dish, formerly in the G. de Menasce Collection, is illustrated by Medley, Yuan Porcelain and Stoneware, 1974, pl.68A.
The Longquan celadon twin-fish dish, previously sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 18th March 1991, lot 507.