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A RARE MING IRON-RED DECORATED 'FISH' DISH
A RARE MING IRON-RED DECORATED 'FISH' DISH
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A RARE MING IRON-RED DECORATED 'FISH' DISH

HONGZHI-ZHENGDE PERIOD (1488-1521)

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A RARE MING IRON-RED DECORATED 'FISH' DISH
HONGZHI-ZHENGDE PERIOD (1488-1521)
Potted with flared sides, decorated on the exterior with four evenly spaced fish, swimming in the same direction, rendered in two tones of iron-red, the scales delicately incised reserving fine white lines, bordered by double-circles below the lipped mouth rim and repeated above the base, the slightly tapered foot ring further with a single iron-red circle, the interior with a single fish in the medallion within double-circles
8 1/4 in. (21 cm.) diam., Japanese wood box
Exhibited
The Gotoh Museum, 14 February-12 March 1967

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When the present dish was exhibited at the Gotoh Museum in 1967, its rarity was recorded in a hand written note at the time stating that the dating was "earlier than Chenghua period. The color is good. The shape of the fish is good. The shape of the body is very beautiful and typical early Ming style". There is also an additional entry to note that Edward T. Chow had dated this dish to the Zhengde period.

Two unmarked examples (both of similar size to the present dish) and dated to the Zhengde period are known: the first is in the Capital Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Shoudu Bowuguan Cangcixuan, Wenwu chubanshe, 1991, p. 126, no. 116; and the other was sold at Sotheby's London, 15 July 1980, lot 93. A dish of this pattern with four-character Zhengde reign mark in underglaze-blue on the underside, from the Howard Paget and Lodge Collections, is illustrated in E. E. Bluett, Ming and Ch'ing Porcelains, London, 1933, pl. XVII, no. 52, and illustrated again by J. Ayers, Chinese Ceramics, The Koger Collection, London, 1985, no. 74.

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