A Small Ming Blue and White Porcelain Dish

Ming Dynasty c.1580 - 1630

A Small Ming Blue and White Porcelain Dish, Wanli to Early Chongzhen Period c.1580-1630. The deep plain sides of this small late Ming porcelain dish contrast with the decorative center. The well is painted with a carp in a highly stylised pool with waves and ripples, there are aquatic plants growing, including lotus. The back rim has fired semi-matt. The base shows chatter-marks. These marks were made when the base was being cut, the speed of the potters wheel was not correct and that produces radiating ridges. The base has a small mark in under glaze blue, these marks are commonly called a shop-marks. Dishes like the present example were made for local export as well as the Chinese market.


There are a large number of small chips and glaze chips to the outer rim. Minor fritting.
Diameter 13.2 cm (5 1/3 inches).
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