London, South Kensington
11 June 2004
A late Ming wucai charger, Wanli six character mark and of the period
enamelled in yellow, green, black, iron-red on underglaze blue to depict four peony branches within a border of further peach, pomegranate, double-gourd and lychee branches, the exterior with a continuous lotus meander -- 15 in. (38 cm.) diam.
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A dish of this pattern illustrated in Chinese Ceramics in the Idemitsu Collection, vol. 2, p. 207; and to another in the Ataka collection, Osaka, illustrated in Sekai Toji Zenshu, Ming Dynasty, vol. 14, p. 112.
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