Lot 3813. A rare finely carved early Ming Longquan celadon dish, Ming dynasty, early 15th century; 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 350,000 - HKD 450,000. Price Realized HKD 800,000. © Christie's Images Ltd. 2011
Heavily potted with shallow, gently curving sides rising to a lipped rim, supported on a rounded foot ring, the broad central field carved with a branch of flowering peony below a band of continuous floral scroll in the well and a band of leafy scroll at the rim, the exterior decorated with cresting waves below double line borders, all under a rich celadon-green glaze darkening in the recesses and extending over the foot, leaving an unglazed ring on the base burnt orange in the firing, Japanese wood box.
Provenance: A Japanese private collection
Note: A number of dishes of similar form but decorated with different fruiting and flowering branches have are known. Compare a dish of similar size decorated with fruiting lychee sold at Christie's New York, 20 March 1997, lot 141. Another, smaller dish decorated on the interior with Indian lotus vase in the National Palace Museum, Taipei , was included in the exhibition Green-Longquan Celadon of the Ming Dynasty, Taipei, 2009, pp. 96-97, no. 45.
Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 1 June 2011, Convention Hall