Chinese sancai, three-colour glazed pottery moulded dish of square form with a barbed rim, straight everted sides and flat base, moulded in relief with a central chrysanthemum flowerhead in a square medallion surrounded by four large leaves and encircled with eight flowerhead panels with leaf edges, all on a cream glazed ground, the rim glazed in chestnut extending to the reverse, the flat unglazed base revealing the pottery body with white slip.

4 7/8 inches, 12.4 cm diameter.

Liao Dynasty, 10th – 11th century.


Overall excellent condition.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Formerly in a private Japanese collection.
  • Uragami Sokyu-do Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan.
  • A similar dish, in the Gugong Palace Museum, Beijing, is included by Li Huibing in Porcelain of the Song Dynasty (I), The Complete Collection of Treasures in the Palace Museum, Beijing, Volume 32, no. 253, pp. 278/9, where the author notes, ‘This dish is very nicely made and the patterns are clear, and is regarded as a superior example in Liao Dynasty potteries’; another is included by Regina Krahl in Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, Volume One, no. 311, pp. 174/5; a further example is included in Chinese Ceramics in the Idemitsu Museum Collection, no. 399.