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Lot 47: A big blu and white porcelain dish
October 22, 2016
Sarzana (SP), ItalyLive Auction
dating: Wanli (1573-1619)
Elegant, lobed border; painted in blue underglaze, on a white ground; depicting a stylized, small dragon at the inside; decorated with blue, floral motifs at the back; featuring underglaze, blue, four-character mark Da Ming Nian Zao at the base, inside a double circle. Featuring two, star-shaped headlines at the base and tiny chips at the border; some firing defects at the back. The Da Ming Nian Zao mark means "Made during the Great Ming Dynasty".
An almost-identical dish belongs to the Topkapi Museum Collection in Istanbul; obj. number TKS 15/3669. See the book Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul, A complete catalogue, Vol. 2, Yuan and Ming Dinasty Porcellains; Regina Krahl in Collaboration with Nurdan Erbahar, by John Ayens; Sotheby's Pubblication, pag. 582, fig. 787/8.
dimensions: diameter 30 cm.