A small moulded qingbai dish

Song dynasty (960 – 1279)

the centre moulded with lotus flowers, two fish and a lobster amidst waves, the cavetto decorated with a scroll of leafy flowerheads below a band of meander, covered with an even pale sky-blue glaze, the unglazed rim burnt into an orange colour during the firing

diameter 14.5 cm

A Dutch private collection

An almost identical dish in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, is illustrated in M. Tregear ‘Song Ceramics’, New York, 1982, pl. 198. Another example is illustrated in R. Krahl ‘Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection’, vol. 1, London, 1994, pl. 614.

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