A Ming Polychrome Swatow Ware Porcelain Dish

Wanli to Chongzhen c.1600-1640

A Ming Porcelain Swatow Ware Dish, late Ming Dynasty, Wanli to Chongzhen Period c.1600-1640. This tickly potted polychrome Ming dish was probably from Kilns in Pinghe Kilns, Heping County, Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province. This heavily potted dish is typical of Ming Swatow ware, the glaze is rather grey contrasting with the bright flat red enamel, the raised turquoise and green enamels and the flat black which in has in many places been enamelled over in one of the raise translucent enamel colours. The design consists of a Phoenix in a garden. Ming porcelain from Zhangzhou with this bright clashing colours were very popular in Japan, the Japanese made versions of this type in the 19th century.

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Some minor wear to the thin red pigment, minor scratches.
Diameter 22.3 cm (8 3/4 inches).
Purchased in Japan.
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Swatow Ware

Swatow ware produced at various kilns in Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province was a type of Chinese export porcelain decorated in blue and white or bright overglaze enamels, often with a predominance of a flat somewhat rusty red. Swatow wares were shipped to many countries including Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines and Portugal.