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Ming blue and white deep porcelain charger

£ 2,150

Category
Period
Reference
6161
Diameter
31 cm (12 1/4")
Ming c1500 Late Hongzhi / early Zhengde blue and white deep dish with an everted rim, made at Jingdezhen in Jiangxi province.

The centre is painted with three goats, rams or ewes, in a naturalistic setting with hollow rocks, flowering plants and a rising sun The Chinese dont differentiate between goats and sheep and the collective noun for these animals is a homophone of Yang the male principle of positive force.

Three goats/sheep represents a wish for a change of fortune in the New Year and with a rising sun means prosperity in the spring time.

The cavetto is painted with alternating flower heads and scholars items the underside is painted

with birds in flowering branches

The Emperor Xuande (1426-1435) in his fourth year painted a picture with a ewe and two lambs under a rock, after that the motif of three rams / goats appeared in early Ming decorative arts but didnt find prominence until the Later Qing Emperor Qianlong who loved a play on words.
Diameter
31 cm (12 1/4")
Year
c 1500
Medium
Porcelain
Country
China
Condition
Some glaze imperfections caused at firing with grit in the glaze and bubbles in the glaze where the body shows through Otherwise very good