30 May 2005
A CARVED LONGQUAN CELADON 'DRAGON' DISH
MING DYNASTY, 15TH CENTURY
The convex centre carved with a scaly, five-clawed descending dragon amidst clouds within a frieze of lotus scroll in the well, covered overall with a glaze of sea-green tone continuing over the shallow foot onto the base, reserving an unglazed ring encircling the concave centre, the biscuit burnt orange in the firing
13 1/4 in. (33.6 cm.) diam.
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Compare with a large example (41.9 cm diam.) in the Percival David Foundation, illustrated by G. St. G.M. Gompertz, Chinese Celadon Wares, London, 1957, pl. 92.
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