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Longquan celadon-glazed dish moulded in the centre with a double fish on a crackled ground, Southern Song dynasty.

Stock Number: 4678

Chinese Longquan celadon-glazed small dish moulded in the centre with a double fish on a crackled ground, 13th/14th centuries, Southern Song/Yuan dynasties, d. 12,5 cm, 5 in. 9-15124 (Bespoke box.  

Provenance: Wilfrid Fleisher (1897‑1976) Sweden, thence by descent in the family (illustrated).

• The Fleisher Collection was formed by Wilfrid Fleisher, whose father Ben Fleisher moved from his native United States to Japan where he in 1908 started the first English-language newspaper, soon to become the most influential English-language newspaper in the Far East.

Wilfrid grew up in Japan and worked as Editor-in-Chief on The Japan Advertiser. He became interested in Chinese and Japanese works of art early on and amassed a substantial collection during the 1920s and 1930s, predominantly ceramics and jades.

At the outbreak of the Second World War the Fleishers had to leave Japan and, later, Wilfrid and his family settled down in Sweden. The collection has been handed on in the family and part of it is now being offered for sale.


Chinese Celadon Wares, by G. Gompertz, London 1958, cat. 83b for a similar dish;

Oriental Ceramic Art, by S.W. Bushell, 1896 New York reprint of 1980, p. 85, fig. 119 for a similar dish;

Chinese Ceramics, by H. Li, London 2011, cat. 355 for a similar dish in dark olive ground dated to the Yuan dynasty;

• The World of Monochromes, Oriental Ceramic Society exhibition in London in 2009 at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, cat. 35 for a larger dish;

• Chinese Ceramics in Private Collections, by R.L. Hobson, B. Rackham & W. King, London 1931, p. 183, fig. 334 for a similar but larger plate;

• Chineesche Ceramiek Handboek, by N. Ottema, 1946 Amsterdam, p. 122, cat. 143 for five plates with double fish and one with a single fish 20/23 cm in diameter;

Chinesisches Porzellan, by E. Zimmermann, 1923 Leipzig, plate 32 for a similar dish dated from the Song dynasty;

Céramiques Chinoises d’Exportation pour l’Asie du Sud-Est, Collection du Ambassadeur et Madame Charles Müller, Fondation Baur, by M. Crick, 2010 Genève, pp.112/13, cat. 29 for a 16,5 cm diameter two fish dish dated Southern Song/Yuan; p. 142, cat. 50/51 for two small dishes 11 cm diameter with two fish dated Southern Song/Yuan;

• Percival David Foundation/British Museum, London, for a similar dish dated 13th/14th centuries, Southern Song/Yuan dynasties, d. 14,1 cm; h. 4 cm. Made at Longquan area, Zhejiang province (Longquan ware). Inventory: PDF.265. Another larger dish dated 13th century, Yuan dynasty, d. 21,8 cm; h. 5,4 cm. Made at Longquan area, Zhejiang province (Longquan ware). Inventory: PDF,A.221.


•《中國青瓷》,作者G. Gompertz,1958年倫敦出版,參見編號83b一相似瓷碟;

•《東方陶瓷藝術》,作者S.W. Bushell,1896年紐約出版,1980年第2次印刷,參見第85頁,圖119一相似瓷碟;

•《中國陶瓷》,作者H. Li,2011年倫敦出版,參見編號355一元代深橄欖綠釉瓷碟;


•《私人收藏中國陶瓷》,作者R.L. Hobson,B. Rackham & W. King,1931年倫敦出版,見第183頁,圖334一件相似但尺寸較大的盤子;

•《中國陶瓷手冊》,作者N. Ottema,1946年阿姆斯特丹出版,見122頁,編號143,五件雙魚盤和另一件只繪一條魚,直徑為20-23釐米的盤子;

•《中國瓷器》,作者E. Zimmermann,1923年萊比錫出版,見圖版32一件相似的宋代瓷碟;

• 《外銷東南亞的中國陶瓷》作者 M. Crick,2010年鮑爾基金會,日內瓦出版,第112頁編號29 見一類似碟子,直徑16.6厘米;第142編號50/51見兩個類似碟子,直徑分別為11和13厘米