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: 3&3/4 inches at the unglazed surface, and rises sharply to 8 inches at the top.
The exterior is molded as if in lotus petals. The interior shows the two fish swimming as a pair in 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. This piece was most likely found by a fisherman in the ocean from a sunken boat off the coast of Indonesia because it has shell growing on it, (like a reef).
It can be cleaned off if so desired, but should probably stay there for "history's" sake. The dish is also a bit warped. Remember, it was hand molded and not thrown on a wheel. Provenance: This piece came from a Chinese porcelain antique store in Jakarta, Indonesia on the island of Java 40 years ago, before the current trend in antique Chinese porcelain 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. 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 a Sotheby's Chinese art specialist.
Once again, the dish is made of a buff orange 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.Remember, it is very old. Thank you for your interest and.
If you have any questions be sure to contact me. Price reduction on June 16th to 1,499.99.The item "Antique Chinese Porcelain Southern Song Dynasty Lonquan Celadon'Twin Fish' Dish" is in sale since Sunday, May 28, 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.