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    Sale 2269

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Jades from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

    19 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 556

    A VERY RARE EARLY MING JUN-TYPE DISH

    YONGLE/XUANDE PERIOD, FIRST QUARTER 15TH CENTURY

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    A VERY RARE EARLY MING JUN-TYPE DISH
    YONGLE/XUANDE PERIOD, FIRST QUARTER 15TH CENTURY
    With rounded sides rising to a slightly everted rim, covered with an opaque glaze of finely mottled milky lavender color on the interior shading to rich reddish purple which matches the color of the glaze on the exterior, with a thin line of dark bluish-purple color inside and out below the thinned glaze of brownish color on the rim, the glaze ending in a line on the foot showing the dark brown ware which is also visible on the unglazed base
    6 5/8 in. (17 cm.) diam.


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    Compare the similar dish (Fig. 1) described as having a 'rose-purple' glaze and of Jun type in the Qing Court Collection illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - 37 - Monochromes, Beijing, 1999, no. 176. It is dated to the Xuande period. Although a little smaller (15.9 cm. diam.) the shape of this dish and that of the present dish appear to be similar, as does the thinning of the glaze on the rim. See, also, another slightly larger (17.6 cm. diam.) dish of this shape, but with a Ru-type glaze, bearing a Xuande reign mark, illustrated ibid., no. 211. Another very similar dish of comparable size (Fig. 2) is in the collection of the Seikado Bunko Foundation, Tokyo, and illustrated in Masterpieces from the Seikado Collection: Chinese Art of the Song and Yuan Dynasties, Tokyo, 2002, no. 43.

    Provenance

    Acquired by the grandfather of the present owners, Whampoa, Guangdong, circa 1890 - 1920s, thence by descent within the family.