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17. A WUCAI QUATREFOL-SHAPED ‘LUOHAN’ DISH, MING DYNASTY, TIANQI OR EARLY CHONGZHEN PERIOD, CIRCA 1630

明天啓或崇禎早期 五彩羅漢海棠形盤

The rounded sides rising from a short foot to an everted rim, the interior painted with a luohan to the centre seated on an oval mat, surrounded by a ‘cracked ice’ pattern in green, yellow, aubergine and iron-red, seal mark to the base 

Length: 17cm  

Provenance: Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 26 May 2014, lot 613; Mujintang Collection.

Exhibited: Transitional Wares and Their Forerunners, Oriental Ceramics Society of Hong Kong, 1981. 

Literature: Kilburn, Richard, Transitional Wares and Their Forerunners, Oriental Ceramics Society of Hong Kong, 1981, p. 177, pl. 151. 

For a similar design on a diamond-shaped dish, please see S Marchant and S

on, Transitional Wares for the Japanese and Domestic Markets, London, June 1989, p. 48, pl. 82. In this, Marchant raise the question as to whether the design surrounding the figure could be a stone floor, rather than ‘cracked ice’, which potentially gives the viewer a more three-dimensional interpretation of the scene. 

 

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