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A RARE FINELY CARVED MING LONGQUAN CELADON DISH

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A RARE FINELY CARVED MING LONGQUAN CELADON DISH
EARLY 15TH CENTURY

Heavily potted with shallow, gently curving sides rising to a lipped rim, supported on a rounded foot ring, the broad central field carved with a branch of fruiting lychee below a band of continuous lotus scroll in the well and a band of classic scroll at the rim, all within double line borders, the exterior decorated with a band of peony scroll between double line borders, all under a rich celadon-green glaze darkening in the recesses and extending over the foot, leaving an unglazed ring on the base burnt a bright brick red in the firing
13½in. (34.3cm.) diam.

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Very few dishes of this design appear to be recorded, although a celadon dish with barbed well and rim with a similar lychee branch in the center is illustrated by Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul, London, 1986, vol. 1, no. 243 and also illustrated in the exhibition Catalogue, Ceramic Masterpieces of The Orient from The Topkapi Palace, Turkey, Idemitsu Museum of Fine Arts, Tokyo, 1990, pl. 8.

A Yongle period blue and white dish of slightly smaller size, but with very similar painted decoration, was exhibited in Imperial Hongwu and Yongle Porcelain excavated at Jingdezhen, Chang Foundation, Taipei, 1996, Catalogue, p. 154, no. 45

For other celadon dishes of this type with peach branches on the center, see In Pursuit Of The Dragon, Traditions and Transitions In Ming Ceramics, Seattle, 1988, Catalogue, p. 92, no. 30 and John Ayers, Far Eastern Ceramics in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1980, no. 133

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