A Zhangzhou blue and white phoenix dish – late Ming Dynasty

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The dish is nicely decorated with a central medallion of a pair of phoenixes amongst scrolling peonies. The border with five floral cartouches on a fish-scale ground. It was produced in Zhangzhou, Fujian province in the late 16th C. or early 17th C. Ceramics produced in Zhangzhou are commonly called Swatow ware and were mainly exported to Southeast Asia and Japan. Comparable dishes were found in Binh Thuan shipwreck which sank in the early 17th C.


Period: Ming Dynasty, around 1600.

Size: Dia. 26 cm, height. 4.5 cm

Condition: Good condition, some firing impurities and wear consistent with age, typical grit/sand adhesion on outer base.

Provenance: From a Swedish private collection

SKU: 18

References: Similar dishes were found in the Binh Thuan shipwreck.