An Inscribed 15th Century Longquan Celadon Dish

15th Century

An Inscribed 15th Century Longquan Celadon Ware Dish, Longquan Kilns, Zhejiang Province. This heavily potted Ming celadon dish has been decorated using three techniques; the center is moulded, enclosing that is a combed bracketed border, the cavetto is carved. The moulded central roundel is of flowering peony, either side of the top petals are Chinese characters, the left character is very difficult to see, the character on the right is Da meaning great, below that is Ji. A similar but barbed 15th Century Celadon dish in the Topkapi Saray Museum has a very similar roundel but from a different mould, the inscription is also similar. In the catalogue of the Topkapi (see references) Regina Krahl shows a close up of inscriptions found on a celadon ware in guan and cover in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art  (page 99, TKS 15/81), apparently they are illegible.

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In good condition, a glaze chip to rim, some wear, impurities to the glaze and crazing that is are of a pale golden brown colour. The glaze is semi-mat.
Diameter : 27.3 cm (10 3/4 inches).
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A similar inscribed dish but with a barbed rim is illustrated in : Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum Istanbul, A Complete Catalogue, Volume I, Yuan and Ming Dynasty Porcelain  (Regina Krahl, Published in association with the Directorate of the Topkapi Saray Museum by Sotheby`s Publications 1986) page 338, photographs and 296 and 396a.