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AN EARLY MING BLUE AND WHITE BRACKET-LOBED DISH
YONGLE PERIOD (1403-1425)

The dish is well painted in the centre with a single flower enclosed by five differing blooms including lotus, chrysanthemum, mallow, dianthus and camellia on slender interlaced stems, the deep cavetto encircled by twelve various sprays each wreathed by a circular stem with spiky leaves, the barbed everted rim decorated with a band of lotus scroll, the exterior with twelve further blooms, the underglaze-blue of bright tones with 'heaping and piling' highlighting the design, the unglazed base burnt to a slight orange tone in the firing (glaze crackled, short hairline through base)
13 1/4 in. (33.6 cm.) diam.
Provenance
Chingwah Lee Collection, San Francisco, sold in Los Angeles, 8 June 1981, lot 319.

Lot Essay

Previously sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 29 April 1997, lot 531.

A dish of the same size and design is illustrated by R. Krahl, Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum Istanbul, vol. II, no. 602. The author cites a further five dishes of this pattern from the Ardebil Shrine, now in the Iran Bastan Museum, Tehran, op. cit., p. 513. Two other identical dishes are published, the first from the Gotoh Art Museum, illustrated in Mayuyama Seventy Years, vol. I, no. 758; another in the Detroit Institute of Art was included in the Institute's exhibition The Arts of the Ming Dynasty, illustrated in the Catalogue, 1952, no. 99.
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