Lot 188. A rare blue and white 'lingzhi' dish, Hongzhi-Zhengde period (1488-1521); 26.3cm (10 1/4in) diam. Estimate £8,000 - 12,000 (€9,600 - 14,000). Photo Bonhams.
Elegantly potted with gently rounded sides raising to a slightly everted rim, the interior painted in pale shades of blue with a central medallion enclosing four lingzhi funghi borne on leafy meanders, the exterior similarly decorated with six lingzhi funghi surrounded by scrolling foliage, box. (2).
Provenance: Herman Lindberg Collection, Sweden.
Sotheby's Hong Kong, 28th/29th November 1978, lot 97
A Hong Kong private collection
Exhibited, Published and Illustrated: Kiinan Vanhaa Taidetta, Helsingfors Konsthall, Helsinki, 1956, cat.no.188.
Ming Blue-and-White, Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm, 1964, cat.no.45
Ming Blue and White, The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, 1956, no.45
Note: Compare with a related blue and white dish, Zhengde four-character mark and of the period, similarly decorated with lingzhi scrolls on the exterior, illustrated in Porcelain of the National Palace Museum: Blue-and-White Ware of the Ming Dynasty IV, Taipei, 1963, p.61, no.10.
Image courtesy of the National Palace Museum, Taipei