Lot 2107. A large Zhejiang celadon charger, Ming dynasty (1368-1644); 15¾ in. (34 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000. Price Realized USD 17,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.
The large dish is heavily potted with flaring, rounded sides and a flat rim. The interior is carved in the center with a pair of phoenixes surrounded by a band of two scaly dragons in pursuit of flaming pearls in the well. The dish is covered overall with a crackled glaze of sea-green color, except for a wide unglazed ring on the base, which has burnt orange in the firing.
Provenance: Herbert C. Shipman (1892-1976), Kea'au, Hawaii.
Gifted to the Lyman Museum from 1989-1994.
Note: A charger of slightly larger size (40.2 cm.) with a similarly carved dragon and phoenix design, but featuring only one phoenix in the center, is illustrated in Celadons from Longquan Kilns, Taipei, 1998, p. 279, no. 267. Another related dish, with similar carved dragon and phoenix design, of larger size (45 cm.), is illustrated by J. Harrison-Hall in Catalogue of Late Yuan and Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, London, 2001, p. 492, no. 16:77, where it is dated c. 1550-1620.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 20 - 21 March 2014