A Longquan celadon shallow dish (pan)


The dish is of well potted shallow form, with a wide plain central area encircled by very low sides square-cut to form a broad low rim, all supported on a low tapered ring-shaped foot. The front and back of the dish are both applied with a thick finely-bubbled sea-green glaze, thinning at the edges of the rim to a lighter tone. The underside of the base within the footrim is also glazed, with a raised ‘chicken-heart’-like boss in the centre, while the footrim itself is unglazed, showing the very light-coloured ware burnt to an orange-brown colour where it meets the glaze.

English private collection
Priestley & Ferraro, Longquan Celadon. Southern Song to Early Ming, Spring 2006

Priestley & Ferraro, 'Longquan Celadon. Southern Song to Early Ming', Spring 2006, no. 9

For another example of a footed dish of this type, excavated from a cache in 1983, see 龙泉窑青瓷 “Celadons from Longquan Kilns”, no. 209.

Near prototypes for this type of wide, flat tray-like dish have been found in contemporary precious metals, like the gold examples excavated in 1955 from a site near the Dacheng Hall of the former Confucius Temple, Xiaonanmen, Hefei and now in the Anhui Provincial Museum. The metal versions are footless, where the ceramic ones, as here, sometimes add a low footrim. 

Dimensions: Diameter: 15.8 cm, 6 ¼ inches

Date: Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368), early 14th century

Stock No. 2363

Price: On Request