A large carved Longquan celadon charger, Ming dynasty, 15th century

Lot 3208. A large carved Longquan celadon charger, Ming dynasty, 15th century; 19 3/4 in. (50.2 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 40,000 - HKD 60,000Price realised HKD 125,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014

The large dish is heavily potted with flaring, slightly rounded sides. The interior is carved in the centre with a trellis diaper below a band of lotus scroll in the well and scrolling tendrils on the everted rim. The dish is covered overall with a glaze of sea-green color, except for a wide unglazed ring on the base, which has burnt orange in the firing.

Provenance: A private institution, western Japan, acquired in the 1920s.

NoteSimilar Longquan celadon chargers are illustrated by R. Krahl in Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum Istanbul, vol. I, London, 1986, p. 324, nos. 336-38, all of which are dated to the fifteenth century. 

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 26 November 2014, Hong Kong, HKCEC Grand Hall