Lot 2005. Rare sacrificial blue dish for the Altar of Heaven, Ming dynasty, Jiajing period (1521-1566). Height 4.1cm, Ø 20.7cm. Estimate 8 000 - 10 000 €. © 2008-2019, Van Ham Fine Art Auctioneers.
Porcelain with dark cobalt blue glaze, 'sacrificial blue' (jilan). The wall is a bit bulbous with an out-swinging lip, on a wide, somewhat retracted foot ring. Glazed dark blue, transparent inside the footring. Underneath in underglaze blue a six part Jiajing mark in double ring and from the period. Condition C. Glaze altered, prob. Because of a fire or from the kiln. Inside traces of use. Crack at the rim.
Dishes, vases and other vessels have been glazed monochrome since the Yuan dynasty (1297-1368). They are used every day, but although for rituals and for decoration. This type of dark blue, named sacrificial blue was used for ceremonies and rituals at the Altar of Heaven (tiantan).
Provenance: -Collection Sonderhoff. Acquired locally before 1942. Underneath an old illegible collection label.
Literature: -Regina Krahl: Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection. London 1994-2010. Compare Vol. II, No 705.
-The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum Beijing 37th Monochrome Porcelaine. Hong Kong 1999. Compare p. 77.