Ming Dynasty barbed rim dish, blue flowers, 4 character mark, Jiajing Reign 1522-40

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Rare Chinese porcelain dish, with barbed rim and fluted sides, painted to the centre with a group of flowering plants, the rim with a stylised flowerhead pattern, similar on the reverse with an arcaded border to the short foot ring, a double ring reserve to the centre containing the 4-character mark,

‘da Ming nian zhi’
(Made during the Great Ming)

16th century,

probably Jiajing reign,
1522–66

20cm

Condition: some small flaws, rim chip well restored

The blue is an excellent ‘wet’ tone, with good colour variation and dense black ‘pooling’, burning though as black where it is thick.

Ref. An example in the British Museum, #1945.7-25.2, for an example with this same mark, a bowl with the same barbed rim, same blue tones, different pattern, dated to the Jaijing reign through a similar example with a complete mark for that reign, in the Amaral Cobral Collection. Another is in the Topkapi Saray Palace collection, Istanbul.

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