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    Sale 5101

    Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art

    9 November 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 21

    A small Longquan celadon dish (1279-1368)

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    A small Longquan celadon dish (1279-1368)
    of shallow square form supported on a conforming foot, delicately moulded on the interior with a panel of lively deer surrounded by clouds, each of the shallow everted sides with a quatrefoil cartouche enclosing a single character flanked by flowerheads, the characters reading tian zhi mei lu, the base decorated with a moulded shou character - 3 7/8in. (9.8cm.) wide, box; and a Longquan celadon twin-fish dish, the small dish potted with steep sides moulded on the interior with a pair of encircling fish - 5¼in. (13.3cm.) diam. (2)

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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.