Thailand, Si Satchanalai, 15th/16th century Comprising a variety of glazes and incised designs; the dish with everted mouth rim and an upper cavetto of a continuous combed wavy band. Dish: 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm) diameter
Si Satchanalai: Mostly likely caused by a ban on private overseas trade instituted by the Ming Emperor Hongwu (1368-1398) around 1372 and rescinded in 1567, a dramatic shortage in Chinese export ceramics throughout Southeast Asia, known as "The Ming Gap", gave rise to booming industry in Thailand and Vietnam in the 15th and 16th centuries. While it is contested that techniques and developments at Southeast Asian kilns were the result of emigrant Chinese potters, examples produced at these sites nonetheless demonstrate an ancestry in Chinese wares.
Lots 216 and 217, for example, feature the infamous blue and white decoration. The lid of a covered bowl in lot 218 shows the carved slip techniques indicative of Cizhou ware of Hopei province in Northern China. Lastly, the viscous liquid celadon glazes pooling in recessed areas on lots 220, 221, and 222 derive from Longquan ware of Zhejiang province. For further discussion, see Brown, The Ming Gap and Shipwreck Ceramics in Southeast Asia, Bangkok, 2009, pp. 17 -31.
Provenance: The Collection of Dr Philip Gould (see lot 211 for further details) Acquired in Thailand, 1960-76
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