A 16th Century Ming Blue and White Porcelain Dish

A Ming porcelain dish, late Jiajing (1522-1566), Longqing (1567-1572) or early Wanli (1573-1620) c.1560-1580. The centre decorated in tones of cobalt blue with a mountain to the center which partly obscures a pagoda, there is a rocky overhang with a straw roved building perched on the edge and a boat below. The border is of egrets among aquatic plants.

In perfect condition, the center of the dish has warped with associated grit to the base and associated firing cracks.
Diameter : 19 cm (7 1/2 inches)
R and G McPherson Antiques, stock number 21544. A Private English Collection of Chinese Ceramics.
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For a similar Ming Porcelain dish see : Exhibition of Ming Blue and White Porcelain, The Drs.A.M. Sengers Collection (S.Marchant & Son, London, November 2001.) page 12, item 8.



An egret is one of several herons, most of which are white or buff, and several of which develop fine plumes (usually milky white) during the breeding season. Many egrets are members of the genera Egretta or Ardea which contain other species named as herons rather than egrets. The distinction between a heron and an egret is rather vague, and depends more on appearance than biology. The word 'egret' comes from the French word "aigrette", referring to the long filamentous feathers that seem to cascade down an egret's back during the breeding season.