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A FINE EARLY MING BLUE AND WHITE BARBED-RIM DISH
A FINE EARLY MING BLUE AND WHITE BARBED-RIM DISH

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A FINE EARLY MING BLUE AND WHITE BARBED-RIM DISH YONGLE PERIOD (1403-1425) The central medallion well-painted in soft violet-blue tones with composite floral blooms to include peony, lotus, camellia, pomegranate and mallow, borne on slender interlaced vines within a shaped panel of double lines conforming to the gently fluted cavetto, designed with twelve detached floral sprays repeated on the exterior, the broad everted mouth rim with a band of lingzhi scroll within double line borders, the base unglazed 15 3/8 in. (39 cm.) across, Japanese wood box

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A number of dishes of this pattern have been published. Compare a very similar foliate-rim dish illustrated by J. A. Pope, Chinese Porcelains from the Ardebil Shrine, Washington, 1956, pl. 35, nos. 29.101, 29.106, and 29.109; one illustrated by R. Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, 1994, no. 662; from the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated in Blue and White Ware of The Ming Dynasty, Book I, Hong Kong, 1963, pls. 22 and 22a; and the dish formerly from the collection of Mrs Walter Sedgwick, illustrated by J. Harrison-Hall, Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, London, 2001, p. 116, fig. 3:35.

For a discussion of the evolution of the design on Ottoman wares of the early 16th century with illustrated reference to examples of the Chinese prototype and the Iznik equivalent in the British Museum, see J. Rawson, Chinese Ornament: the Lotus and the Dragon, London, 1990, p. 185, fig. 163.

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