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Ming Ceramics

MING STYLE

In what’s considered a golden age of Chinese furniture, Ming dynasty artisans produced expertly made designs that married elegance and function. Ming furniture was versatile, such as tables that doubled as writing desks and dining spaces. But it was also beautiful, enhancing a room with clean lines, soft curves and sophisticated decoration.

Dating from 1368 to 1644, the Ming dynasty was a vibrant time for international trade and culture. Especially for scholars and the wealthy, there was an emphasis on a home’s design to promote a good life. From large wardrobes to angular sofas, Ming-style furniture was defined by its joinery, which, instead of nails, involved meticulously designed interlocking elements of wood. This material was carefully selected and positioned to make the grain part of the design. The slow-growing huanghuali, a yellowish rosewood, was particularly valued for its bright color.

Although ornamentation was minimal, Ming dynasty furniture often featured carved or painted details of flowers, insects, dragons, fruits and other motifs. Chairs crafted for scholars could include calligraphic brush writing. As overseas trade expanded, techniques from the West, like cloisonné enamel painting, adorned table screens and other pieces.

Ming furniture influenced styles abroad such as Queen Anne in England and Hollywood Regency in the United States. The curved shape of Ming armchairs had a profound impact on legendary Scandinavian modernist furniture designer Hans Wegner. The Danish cabinetmaker shared the Ming artisans’ interest in creating streamlined, functional furnishings, and his China chair, Round chair and Wishbone chair are inspired by Ming dynasty seating. Today, the Ming-style horseshoe chair is a graceful and sought-after type of seat, and contemporary Chinese designers such as Jerry Chen and Gan Erke are also drawing on this heritage for a new era of style.

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Style: Ming
Antique Chinese 16/17C Chinese Porcelain Ming Transitional Kraak Plate FROG
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Description A very nicely decorated plate with a Frog on on a rock in a landscape scene. Wanli, Tianqi or Chongzhen Period 1590 – 1640 With a nice moulded double chrysanthemum ...
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17th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Porcelain

Chinese Ming Figure of an Official
Located in Essex, MA
Standing male figure with robe and hat.
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17th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Pottery

Ancient Glazed Ceramic Dish, Ming Dynasty China
Located in Roma, IT
Glazed ceramic dish is an original artwork realized in China during the Ming dynasty. Longquan Céladon glazed ceramics. Provenance: Private collection. Good conditions. ...
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17th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Ceramic

Antique Chinese Domestic Market circa 1600 Porcelain China Plate Magpie Birds
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
A very nice plate with a bird in a garden and a mark, early 17th century. Rare plate! Symbolism Magpie (xi que). The "bird of joy" and of good omen, brings joy, often married b...
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17th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Porcelain

Jin Dynasty Cizhou Ware Crouching Tiger Pottery Pillow, 12th-century, China
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Chinese Jin Dynasty 12th Century Cizhou Ware Crouching Tiger Pottery Pillow .Tiger pillow, Jin dynasty, 12th century (circa 1150) The pillow is assembled with a hollow construction,...
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15th Century and Earlier Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Ceramic

Chinese Ming Design Glazed Terracotta Tricolor Prancing Horse Sculpture on Base
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese Ming dynasty style glazed terracotta prancing horse figure from the 20th century with polychrome finish. Crafted in the Ming style, this small terracotta prancing horse att...
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20th Century Chinese Ming Ceramics

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Terracotta

Antique Chinese Zhangzhou Swatow Landscape Charger, China, Ming Dynasty
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Description Majestic and large Chinese Ming period Swatow charger with beautiful scene of a landscape. The stand is not included. A piece with a similar border is found in; ...
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17th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Porcelain

Pair of Ming Dynasty Bowls with Pattern of Interlocking Hexagons
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of Ming Dynasty Bowls with Pattern of Interlocking Hexagons, Wanli period (1572-1620). This handsome pair of bowls with a slightly fluted rim features an outer pattern of hexago...
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16th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Porcelain

Chinese Longquan Style Celadon Vase
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Large, Chinese Longquan style celadon vase with a stunning lotus leaf pattern underglaze and Greek key detail on the perimeter of the neck. Heavy Chinese porcelain vase that weighs n...
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20th Century Chinese Ming Ceramics

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Porcelain

Chinese Jiajing Mark Blue & White Dragon Painted Porcelain Vase
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A good quality Chinese blue and white porcelain vase decorated with dragons chasing flaming pearls with Ming Jiajing (1522-66) marks to the base but probably later. The vase stands o...
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19th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Porcelain

Chinese 18th Century Bottle
Located in Perth, GB
18th century Chinese bottle. neck restored
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16th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Ceramic

Chinese Ochre Brown Glazed Martaban Jar, Ming Dynasty, 15th-16th Century
Located in Austin, TX
A fine and large Chinese brown ochre glazed stoneware storage jar, commonly known as a Martaban or Martavan jar, Ming dynasty, 15th-16th century. The elegant ovoid jar with a slen...
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16th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Stoneware

Very Rare Ming Dynasty Porcelain Ewer with Ottoman Gem-Set Tombak Mounts
Located in London, GB
Very rare Ming dynasty porcelain ewer with ottoman gem-set tombak mounts Chinese and Turkish, 16th/17th century Measures: Tombak: height 20cm, width 17cm, depth 10cm Case: height ...
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16th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Multi-gemstone, Brass

Chinese Ming period Dynasty Buddhist Incense Burner with a Rock Crystal Finial
Located in Hudson, NY
The Ming period or Great Ming Period is the last Han ruled dynasty in Chinese history. Considers a high mark culturally and influenced by great events at home and wider contact with ...
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16th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Rock Crystal

Chinese Ming Small Vase Cargo Shipwreck Wanli/Transitional Period, Circa 1625-40
By The Hatcher Collection
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a hand painted 17th century, late Ming dynasty, porcelain Jar or small Vase which we attribute to the Hatcher shipwreck cargo, this piece being from the Wanli /transitional p...
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17th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Porcelain

Ming Dynasty Chinese Longquan Celadon Large Carved Sphere Porcelaneous Stoneware
Located in Vero Beach, FL
Ming dynasty Chinese longquan celadon large carved sphere porcelaneous stoneware. This is unquestionably a very important and extremely rare example of Chinese Longquan Celadon glob...
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17th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Ceramic

Ming Dynasty Cizhou Stoneware Vase #1
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Ming Dynasty Cizhou stoneware vase #1* China, circa 17th Century or older A fine tall example, hand decorated in typical earth-tone Chinese calligraphic palette. This vase stands...
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17th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Stoneware

Chinese Porcelain Dish or Deep Plate Blue and White, Ming Wanli circa 1600
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a Chinese Export porcelain Dish or Deep Plate hand painted in a typical Blue and white pattern, made during the reign of Wanli (1573 to 1620). The dish is fairly heavily p...
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Early 17th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Porcelain

Old Chinese Porcelain 17th-18th Century Porcelain Dyed Square Plate Kosometsuke
Located in Sammushi, JP
Porcelain made during the Ming-Qing dynasty of China. Painted with traditional blue pigments. I think it came from China to Japan at the beginning of the Edo period. In Japan, suc...
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Late 17th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Porcelain

Colorful Palace Size Chinese Famille Rose Lidded Jar
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A very decorative, elegant and profusely decorated Palace Size Lidded Jar in very good condition. Decorated above with female and male figures in interiors and on terraces. Reserves ...
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20th Century Asian Ming Ceramics

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Ceramic

Antique Century Chinese Blue and White Plate Made circa 1640
Located in Katonah, NY
This 17th-century blue and white Chinese dish is bursting with energy. Made circa 1640, it is beautifully painted in the Kraak style. The plate was painted in two steps: first: an ar...
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17th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Porcelain

Antique Chinese 17th Century Porcelain Ming Jiajing Marked and Period Plate
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
A very nicely decorated plate. Jiajing marked and most likely of the period. Or maybe Wanli 15-6-18-by-4 Condition: Overall condition B (Good used).2 small hairlines and 1 ...
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17th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Porcelain

Antique Chinese 17th C Porcelain Ming/Transitional Plate Blue Tianqi Chongzhen
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Very nicely decorated plate. A late Ming porcelain dish, Wanli or Tianqi Period 1620 – 1645. Very nice with a scene. Condition Overall Condition B (Good used) Rimfritting, some sm...
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16th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Porcelain

Set #5 Kosometsuke Antique Chinese 17c Ming Dynasty Plates China Porcelain
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Description A set of 5 Small Ming Porcelain Dishes in the Japanese Taste, Late Ming Period, Tianqi or Early Chongzhen c.1620 – 1630. These small Transitional porcelain dishe were ...
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17th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Porcelain

Large 17th Century Thai Storage Jar
Located in Nijlen, BE
A large 17th Century Thai earthenware storage jar. With a row of loop handles beneath the rim and relief modeled small dragons, covered in a roughish brown glaze, falling unevenly an...
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17th Century Thai Antique Ming Ceramics

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Earthenware

Antique Chinese 17C Porcelain Ming/Transitional Kraak Literati dish
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Rare and nicely decorated dish. Very unusual decoration and superb quality of painting and potting. Ca 1595-1645. Truly nice cobalt blue color See: Maura Rinaldi: "Kraak Porcelain...
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16th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Porcelain

Pair of Ming Dynasty Horsemen Roof Tiles
Located in London, GB
A pair of Chinese Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) sancai-glazed ridge tiles modelled as horse and rider. Both tiles are glazed in rich green and amber, the horses in a rich amber and the ri...
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16th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Pottery

Pair of Large Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Ginger Jars
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Wonderful heavy large scale porcelain ginger jars in brown crackle glaze. Blue decorated panels with figures on horseback riding in landscapes alternating with panels of floral vines...
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20th Century Ming Ceramics

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Ceramic

Set of Five Stoneware Tomb Figurines of Musician Ming Dynasty
Located in Atlanta, GA
A group of five figurines made of terracotta and glazed in green and splash of yellow. These figurines of musicians were made as burial objects to be placed in the tomb, often as a l...
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16th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Ceramic

Petite Ming Blue and White Jar
Located in Chicago, IL
A charming example of provincial blue-and-white pottery, this petite lidded jar from the late Ming dynasty (1368-1644) is cloaked in a cool grey underglaze and decorated with express...
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Early 17th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Porcelain

Porcelain Chinese Circular Blue and White Box with Cover Ming Dynasty
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Beautiful round porcelain dish or circular box with cover in blue and white. This chinoiserie circular box with cover is dated to the Ming dynasty and is finely decorated with a cris...
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15th Century and Earlier Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Ceramic, Porcelain

Antique Chinese 17th C Wanli Ming Dynasty Plate Dish Porcelain Chenghua Marked
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Description A rare Ming blue and white Porcelain dish. Great quality decoration Three Friends of Winter. Chenghua marked. Box included. Condition Overall Condition 3 chips ...
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17th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Porcelain

Ming Dynasty Imperial Exhibition Large Bowl, 1600's
Located in London, GB
Ming dynasty blue & white large exhibition center piece Imperial Provincial bowl Yongle Pattern. The central medallion is finely painted with floral scroll including rose, hibiscus, ...
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Early 17th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Porcelain

Chinese Ming Dynasty Longquan Celadon Peony Deep Dish, 14th-15th Century
Located in Austin, TX
A beautiful Chinese celadon glazed deep dish with an impressed peony design to the center, Ming Dynasty, circa 1400, Longquan kilns, China. The lovey dish covered in an attractive ...
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15th Century and Earlier Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Porcelain

Set of 3 Early 20th Century Chinese Green Glazed Candlesticks
Located in Vosselaar, BE
A set of 3 green glazed ceramic candlesticks. All three similar but in a different size (28 cm high, 11 and 19 or in inches 11, 4.3 and 7.5). The glaze wonderfully aged and of a eleg...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Ming Ceramics

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Ceramic

Large Set of Chinese 17th Century Porcelain Ming Dynasty Plates Chenghua Marked
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
The exact selection can vary from the picture due to stock changes. A set of 30 plates from the early 17th century. Variation on a theme. Late Ming dynasty blue and white plates w...
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17th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Porcelain

Antique 17th Century Chinese Porcelain Bowl Ming Period Wanli Boy on Ox Marked
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
A very nice bowl from the Ming period. Chenghua marked. Ox herdboys riding oxen have been used as a motif in painting and graphic arts to symbolize the ability of the mind to cont...
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17th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Porcelain

A Pair of Fine Porcelain Vases with Underglaze Floral Motif
Located in Greenwich, CT
A pair of simple and elegant monochrome porcelain vases, with fine under glaze floral motif. beautiful color, form and lines.
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20th Century Chinese Ming Ceramics

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Porcelain

Ming Dynasty Cizhou Olive Glazed Stoneware 'Flowers, Birds & Calligraphy' Vase
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Ming Dynasty Cizhou Olive Glazed Stoneware 'Flowers, Birds & Calligraphy' Vase #4* China, circa 17th Century or older A good example, unusual background color, hand decorated in ty...
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17th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Stoneware

Chinese Antique White Porcelain Blue Dyed Jar / Small Vase / 1600-1700
Located in Sammushi, JP
A small jar with white porcelain blue dyeing made from the end of the Ming dynasty to the beginning of the Qing dynasty in China. Under the influence of China, Japan has begun to ba...
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17th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Porcelain

Ming Dynasty Cizhou Stoneware Monochrome Two Handle Vase, #5*
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Ming Dynasty Cizhou Stoneware Monochrome two handle vase #5* China, circa 17th Century or older A rare example, the un-decorated stoneware monochrome, in the typical double handled...
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17th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Stoneware

Chinese Ming Ceramic Provincial Jar Celadon Glaze, Early 17th Century
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a Chinese hand-thrown ceramic provincial jar with a light celadon glaze which we date to the Ming period of the early 17th century or possibly earlier. The jar is hand pot...
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Early 17th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Ceramic

Petite Ming Blue and White Jar
Located in Chicago, IL
A charming example of provincial blue-and-white pottery, this petite lidded jar from the late Ming dynasty (1368-1644) is brushed with sweeps of dark blue atop a cool grey underglaze...
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Early 17th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Ceramic

Petite Ming Blue and White Jar
Located in Chicago, IL
A charming example of provincial blue-and-white pottery, this petite lidded jar from the late Ming dynasty (1368-1644) is brushed with expressive sweeps of blue atop a cool white und...
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Early 17th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Ceramic

Ming Dynasty Longquan Celadon Dish with Geometric Design, 15th Century
Located in Austin, TX
A heavily potted and richly glazed celadon dish, Longquan kilns, early Ming Dynasty, mid 15th century, China. The large dish glazed in a deep olive celadon. The interior of the dis...
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15th Century and Earlier Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Ceramic

Ming Dynasty Terracotta Green Glazed Tomb Statue, China
Located in Basel, BS
A fine green-glazed Chinese Ming Dynasty earthenware figure, depicting a official. The statue has been styled in long, flowing robes, colored in a vivid green. Additional features ha...
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15th Century and Earlier Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Terracotta

Rare Ca 1600-1640 Chinese Porcelain Ming Period Crane Kosometsuke Plate
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Description Sharing with you this lovely Chinese porcelain dish from Late Ming period. Kosometsuke, Jingdezhen made for the Japanese market. Foliated rim and reverse decorated scen...
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17th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Porcelain

Ming Dynasty Cizhou Stoneware 'Flowers & Bamboo' Vase #2*
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Ming Dynasty Cizhou Stoneware 'Flowers & Bamboo' Vase #2* China, circa 17th Century or older A good example, hand decorated in typical earth-tone Chinese calligraphic palette of flor...
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17th Century Antique Ming Ceramics

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Stoneware

Large Set of Chinese 17th Century Porcelain Ming Dynasty Plates Chenghua Marked
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
The exact selection can vary from the picture due to stock changes. A set of 30 plates from the early 17th century. Variation on a theme. Late Ming dynasty blue and white plates w...
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17th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Porcelain

Pair of Large Italian Majolica Foo Dogs, 1950s
Located in Hastings, GB
An outstanding pair of glazed terracotta Italian Majolica Foo Dogs. Dating to the 1950's and earlier, Italy. This incredible pair of lifesize Foo or Temple Dogs each superbly h...
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1950s Italian Vintage Ming Ceramics

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Majolica, Terracotta

Chinese Ming Dynasty Period Ancient Turquoise Roof Tile with Crane and Flower
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese Ming dynasty period ancient roof tile with turquoise finish, crane and flower. Created in China during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), this ancient roof tile features a turqu...
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16th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Ceramic

Antique Chinese Porcelain Bowl Ko-Akae Famille Verte Marked Figures in
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
A very nicely decorated bowl. Late Ming. Underglaze blue and overglaze enamels. The mark is unusually inside the bowl, it is a Chenghua mark. The bowl is later period. A scene of ...
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17th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Porcelain

Antique Chinese Porcelain Ming Transitional China Plate Zhangzhou Verte
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Very nicely decorated plate. Ming period. South Chinese Ming ZHangzhou Swatow. Scene of boat on a sea 22-10-19-1-1 Condition Overall condition; Rimfritting, ...
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17th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Porcelain

Chinese Ming Dynasty Period Green Glazed Miniature Armoire with Bracket Feet
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese Ming Dynasty period miniature terracotta armoire with green glazed finish and bracket feet. Created in China during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644), this miniature terracott...
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17th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Terracotta

White Blanc de Chine Porcelain Vase with Fruit, Leaves and Vines
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful Blanc de Chine white ceramic porcelain vase with a generous relief of fruit (peaches), leaves and vines, circa 20th century, China. Dimensions: 6.5" diameter x 12.5" heig...
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20th Century Chinese Ming Ceramics

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Ceramic, Porcelain

Petite Ming Blue and White Jar
Located in Chicago, IL
A charming example of provincial blue-and-white pottery, this petite lidded jar from the late Ming dynasty (1368-1644) is cloaked in a cool grey underglaze and decorated with express...
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Early 17th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Ceramic

Petite Ming Blue and White Jar
Located in Chicago, IL
A charming example of provincial blue-and-white pottery, this petite lidded jar from the late Ming dynasty (1368-1644) is brushed with expressive sweeps of blue atop a cool white und...
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Early 17th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Ceramic

Ming Dynasty Green Glazed Pottery Tomb Statue "Official", China 1368-1644
Located in Basel, BS
A fine green-glazed Chinese Ming Dynasty earthenware figure, depicting a official. The statue has been styled in long, flowing robes, colored in a vivid green. Additional features ha...
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16th Century Chinese Antique Ming Ceramics

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Terracotta

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