The present charger is impressive for its large size and the finely rendered design of a curling lotus spray that is delicately enclosed within bands of scrolling flowers. It belongs to a group of high-quality Longquan celadon wares produced in the late 14th to early 15th centuries, characterised by their bold carved designs that are comparable to the blue and white porcelain of the period. During the early Ming dynasty, the Longquan kilns appear to have worked closely with the imperial porcelain kilns at Jingdezhen, thus making wares of similar form, decoration and quality.
Another Longquan charger decorated with a flower head surrounded by a lotus meander on the interior and with the bajixiang at the well, is published in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul, 1986, vol. 1, pl. 245; one sold in these rooms, 9th October 2007, lot 1519; another formerly in the Edward T. Chow and T.Y. Chao collections, sold in our London rooms, 16th December 1980, lot 329, and again in these rooms, 19th May 1987, lot 219.
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