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Subject:Ming Blue & White 'Swatow' Phoenix Dish
Posted By: Bill H Sun, Jun 23, 2019 IP: 2601:342:200:2191:e4

I found the 11-inch dish pictured below on sale recently in the gallery of a reputable dealer I've known for quite a few years. It was labeled Ming Swatow, which I have no reason to doubt, but thought I'd show it to the forum to see what else I could learn about it. My search of forum archives turned up another one from 2007 that was an inch smaller in diameter but in much the same pattern, which dish P. Neeley had bought in Thailand as from the Binh Thuan shipwreck and PyroManiac said looked "perfectly fine for a late Ming Swatow piece." IMHO, mine seems to be better painted, while having a two-inch hairline at the rim and has plenty of sand on the foot, as is normal for Swatow wares. It is free of the seashell encrustations seen on the Neeley dish.

Perhaps someone can say whether my dish also is a shipwreck piece and provide other information, such as a more refined date than just late Ming-Transitional.

All comments welcomed, thanks,

Bill H.

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