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A LONGQUAN CELADON DISH
SOUTHERN SONG DYNASTY (1127-1279)
The elegant dish is potted with shallow rounded sides rising to a flat, everted rim with raised outer edge, and is covered overall with a thick glaze of even sea-green tone, the unglazed foot rim burnt orange in the firing.
8 3/8 in. (21.3 cm.) diam., Japanese wood box
Provenance
Maria Worthington, Vienna, Virginia.
The Robert E. Barron III (1929-2007) Collection, New Orleans, Louisiana, acquired in July 1968; Christie’s New York, 30 March 2005, lot 314.
Sen Shu Tey, Tokyo.
Literature
L. Rotondo-McCord and R. D. Mowry, Heaven and Earth Seen Within: Song Ceramics from the Robert Barron Collection, New Orleans, 2000, pp. 132-33, no. 51.
Nezu Museum, Heavenly Blue: Southern Song Celadons, Tokyo, 2010, p. 68, no. 41.
Exhibited
Huntsville Museum of Art, Alabama, Art of China and Japan, 1977.
The New Orleans Museum of Art, Heaven and Earth Seen Within: Song Ceramics from the Robert Barron Collection, 4 March to 18 May 2000; The Headley-Whitney Museum, Kentucky, 29 June to August 24, 2000; The Taft Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio, 8 December 2000 to 19 Feburary 2001; The Elvehjem Museum, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 9 March to 13 May 2001.
Nezu Museum, Tokyo, Heavenly Blue: Southern Song Celadons, 2010, no. 41

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Lot Essay

The simple and elegant shape of this handsome dish provides an excellent canvas for the even, thick, blue-green glaze, which was achieved by applying the glaze in several layers.
Dishes of similar shape and proportions have been excavated from the Longquan kiln site at Dayao. See Longquan Qingci Yanjiu, Beijing, 1989, p. 56, fig. 10:1. Other similar examples include one formerly in the Hirota Collection, and now in the Tokyo National Museum, included in Illustrated Catalogue of the Tokyo National Museum, Chinese Ceramics, vol. 1, p. 130, no. 522, and a further example in the Percival David Collection, included in Illustrated Catalogue of Celadon Wares in the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, London, rev. ed., 1997, no. 213.

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