A rare Ming incised Longquan celadon dish, Hongwu period (1368-1398)

Lot 3179. A rare Ming incised Longquan celadon dish, Hongwu period (1368-1398); 7 1/2 in. (19 cm.) diamEstimate HK$300,000 - HK$400,000 ($38,891 - $51,854)Price realized HK$275,000 ($35,650). © Christie's Image Ltd 2015

The dish is sturdily potted with shallow rounded sides rising to a flat everted rim and covered overall in a glaze of an even sea-green tone. The interior is incised to the centre with a single lotus spray enclosed within triple lines, surrounded by a continuous lotus scroll with six flowerheads on leafy vines, all below the rim decorated with a keyfret border, Japanese wood box

Provenance: Daitoji temple (by repute), Kyoto, the Japanese box was inscribed by the monk Giokshu who was active at the temple in the late 17th century

NoteThe motif of the current dish is more commonly found on decoration in underglaze-red, or underglaze-blue. These dishes decorated with similiar flower scrolls are found on cupstands as well. Examples were included in the Hong Kong Oriental Ceramic Society exhibition, Jingdezhen Wares - The Yuan Evolution, Hong Kong, 1984 also illustrated in the catalogue nos. 140, 141, 149.

Compare to a celadon dish and a celadon cupstand with similar decoration also illustrated in the catalogue, no. 161 and 163. The dish is similarly potted with an everted rim and incised with a central lotus medallion surrounded by a lotus scroll and keyfret border.