I have for sale a wonderful museum piece of porcelain called a "Longquan" celadon "Twin Fish" small dish from the Southern Song Dynasty. It has a crackled semi transparent sea-green celadon glaze which looks like jade. The unglazed footring is burnt to a buff orange tone.
This piece has clear lines and subtle variation in color representing the Song Dynasty monochromatic art celebrated within traditional chinese aesthetics. The "dish" rises from a very narrow base: two inches at the unglazed surface, and rises sharply to a five and 1/8th diameter at the top. The exterior is molded as if in lotus petals. The interior shows the two fish swimming as a pair and the glaze is pooled and thicker around this relief carving.I was told it was real, but the bottom was glazed in brand new shiny ceramic which is not indicative of the Song Dynasty. He just wasn't an expert yet regarding what is real and what is fake. I would have seen the discrepancy. Provenance: This piece came from a Chinese porcelain antique store in Jakarta, Indonesia on the island of Java before the current trend in antique Chinese porcelain 40 years ago and is now being liquidated from an estate in Pebble Beach, CA.
The dish was made in a Southern Song Dynasty kiln in China Circa 960 to 1126 A. And transported to Southeast Asia during the Song Dynasty. At this time in history, Indonesia (the island of Java) was home to a great kingdom which was located along the maritime "silk route" and did trade with the Chinese for spices, silks and other treasures. The dish is historical because historians are just now trying to piece together the history of the maritime silk route and the various kingdoms in existence during the Song Dynasty and doing trade with China at that time. This "dish" is, according to Sotheby's, a "Twin Fish" design made from the Southern Song period to the Yuan dynasty.
Because fish are reputed to swim in pairs and are known for their reproductive power, the double fish can symbolize the joys of union and numerous offspring. It is a beautiful crackled (intentionally) green celadon.This type of celadon was and is highly sought after due to its similarity to jade. I have only seen it on the internet. It can be looked up using the aforementioned search words with the word Sotheby's. My piece was authenticated by Sotheby's Chinese art specialist. Once again, the dish is made of a buff clay (after the firing) and is molded on the exterior surface which is age appropriate As stated, the interior surface shows two fish in relief.
The thick glaze pooled around the fish, is also age appropriate for a Southern Song Dynasty, crackled celadon. Furthermore, it has age appropriate iron spots on the piece which come through over the hundreds of years. This dish has a small chip on the upper rim as can be seen on the very first picture and on the other full front picture. It is very small and does not show on the underneath side. A collector can have this chip repaired, that is if one finds it desirable to do so.
Remember, it is very old. Size: 5 & 1/8" diameter at top, 2" diameter at base, and 1 & 6/10 high. Thank you for your interest and I hope you enjoyed my history and description. If you have any questions be sure to contact me.Sale: From 2,900.00 to 1,990.00 on April 25th. The item "Antique Chinese Porcelain Southern Song Dynasty Lonquan Celadon'Twin Fish' Dish" is in sale since Monday, July 31, 2017. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Bowls".
The seller is "kellschzm929uww6" and is located in Marina, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.