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A SMALL LONGQUAN CARVED DISH
A SMALL LONGQUAN CARVED DISH

SOUTHERN SONG DYNASTY (1127-1279)

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A SMALL LONGQUAN CARVED DISH
SOUTHERN SONG DYNASTY (1127-1279)
The shallow rounded sides rising from a slightly tapered foot and subtley carved on the exterior with a band of overlapping petals, covered overall with a thick glaze of greenish-blue color except for the foot rim burnt reddish brown in the firing
5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm.) diam., box
Provenance
J.J. Lally & Co., New York, 6 June 1991.
Exhibited
New Orleans Museum of Art, Heaven and Earth Seen Within, 2000, no. 53.

Lot Essay

This shallow dish combines all of the elements of the best Longquan celadon wares of Southern Song date. It has a pale grey body, is well potted and well proportioned and the carving of the lotus petals is softened by the thick, smooth glaze of soft, rich blue-green tone. A very similar dish was discovered in 1963 amongst a cache of celadon, black-glazed and other ceramic wares, in a Song dynasty well near Majiaqiao, Shaoxing in Zhejiang province. See 'Zhejiang Shaoxing Majiaqiao Song qu fa qu jianbao', Kaogu, 1964:11, p. 558, fig. 11:5. Other similar dishes were more recently unearthed in Zhejiang, and are illustrated in Newly Discovered Southern Song Ceramics, A Thirteenth-Century "Time Capsule", Tokyo, 1998, nos. 46-8.
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