Chinese blue and white plate, unglazed base, how old?!
by Maxwell Levy
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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.