Large Transitional Blanc de Chine Porcelain Saucer Dish

Chongzhen 1627 - 1644 or Shunzhi 1628-1644

Large Transitional Blanc de Chine Porcelain Saucer Dish, Late Ming, Chongzhen 1627 – 1644 or Early Qing Shunzhi 1628-1644, Dehua, Fujian Province. This large and very heavy Blanc de Chine dish has thick sides gently thinning upwards. The dish is supported by a broad thick square section foot, the glaze wiped clear of the footrim. The colour, depending on the light is a pale cream colour (daylight), the colour is even but shows with patches of yellow in the photographs. The porcelain known in the West as Blanc de Chine was produced 300 miles south of the main Chinese kiln complex of Jingdezhen. The term Blanc de Chine refers to the fine grain white porcelain made at the kilns situated near Dehua in the coastal province of Fujian, these kilns also produced other types of porcelain. A rather freely painted blue and white ware, porcelain with brightly coloured `Swatow` type enamels as well as pieces with a brown iron-rich glaze. However it is the white blanc de Chine wares that have made these kilns famous. The quality and colour achieved by the Dehua potters was partly due to the local porcelain stone, it was unusually pure and was used without kaolin being added. This, combined with a low iron content and other chemical factors within the body as well as the glaze, enabled the potters to produce superb ivory-white Blanc de Chine porcelain.


In very good condition, numerous minute scratches to the glaze, these can be seen in a raking light. Firing crack to the back which is under the glaze.
Diameter 29 cm (11 1/2 inches)
A Private English Collection of Blanc de Chine Porcelain.
Stock number