A large carved Longquan celadon dish – Ming Dynasty

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The dish is heavily potted with rounded sides rising from a short foot ring, the interior cavetto is carved with flowering, leafy lotus scrolls encircling a central trellis diaper pattern. The underside is undecorated. It is covered overall with a thick and even celadon glaze of sea green tone, except for a wide ring on the base which has burnt orange in firing. The perception of the colour of the glaze depends on light conditions and background (see pictures).


Period: Ming Dynasty, 15th Century.

Size: Dia. 44 cm, height. 7 cm

Condition: Stained hairline crack at the rim, approximately 8 cm long. firing imperfections, expected wear and scratches, now stained. Rim and footring uneven, which is normal for a dish of this size from the Ming period.

Provenance: From the collections of Emanuel Cederström (1848‑1920), Krusenberg Manor, Uppsala county, Sweden.

SKU: 22

References: At least 8 dishes of similar size and comparable decoration have been sold by Bonhams, Christies and Sothebys.

Bonhams example

Christies example

Christies example 2

More info: Longquan ware