Chinese blue and white plate, unglazed base, how old?!

by Maxwell Levy
(Essex, UK)

top of plate

top of plate

top of plate underside with brown firing spot base rim underside

Hi there,
I have a Chinese plate, decorated in underglaze blue with a central mythical beast, possibly a Qilin, surrounded by traditional flowers and foliage, with geometric border and a brown rim. To the underside is further foliate decoration and the base itself is unglazed.

The style looks early to me, but the porcelain is very even. I have no idea how old this is, it came from a person who had a collection of various Chinese porcelain and pottery from 1920s export to 17th century South China Seas shipwreck! any help would be greatly appreciated! I think it measures approximately 16cm across.

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by: Max

Many thanks for the info, it's definitely not shipwreck like their other pieces. I'll try and upload some more pictures today! Many thanks again!
Max

plate / bowl/ basin?
by: peter

The decoration looks quite different from all I know. If possible, could you upload detail pictures (closeups) of the decoration and glaze with a new submission?

Straightforward said, I have some doubts about this item. First it is the decoration I have never seen. Further, although the bottom looks genuine, the whiteness of the glaze is different from the type of porcelain which usually has an unglazed bottom.
Close-up pictures of any blemishes or manufacturing/firing faults would help with evaluation. From these pictures it doesn't seem that this is a shipwreck item. Usually, I would expect some glaze loss from wreck items. Can you see any sediment or maritime growth? Any usage scratches?

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