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Lot 445. A large Longquan celadon carved dish, Ming dynasty, 15th century18 7/8 in. (47.9 cm.) diam. Estimate $7,000 - $9,000Price Realized $10,000© Christie's Image Ltd 2008

Heavily potted with shallow rounded sides, the center carved with a central peony spray below two lotus sprays and two peony sprays in the well, covered overall with a glaze of olive-green tone except for an unglazed ring on the base burnt orange in the firing, box, wood stand. 

Notes: Several examples of this type are known, including two illustrated by J. Harrison-Hall in Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, London, 2001, no. 16:74, one larger dish carved on the interior with an elaborate leafy peony scroll, and no. 16:73, another of slightly smaller size, also carved in similar fashion with a floral scroll in the well. 

Christie's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza.