Very Large ‘Swatow’ polychrome charger, birds & dragons, early 17th century
Very Large ‘Swatow’ trade-ware porcelain charger, decorated in polychrome onglaze enamels with two turquoise birds, flying through iron-red flowers with green enamel leaves, the wide borders with stylised landscape of clouds and mountains, inhabited by a pair of turquoise dragons, the reverse plain with major sanding to the base from the firing technique.
late 16th- early 17th century
Condition : Some wear on the inside centre. A chip on footrim. A hairline crack from rim extending down the side, not noticeable on inside, restoration on three small rim chips only.
Provenance/ old Australian collection, collected in Indonesia 1980’s
ref. British Museum collection #F.485+ for an example in the Franks Collection.
These original colours are often lost, as they are vulnerable to wear, sitting on the glaze. This example is good, with minimal loss. The examples of the same wares brought up off the Bin Thuan shipwreck (c.1608) had lost this colour.