We are highly honoured to be entrusted with the sale of this exceptional dish dating from the Yuan dynasty. At an impressive size of 40.5 centimetres in diameter it is one of only 13 known pieces of this ware. The rarity magnified by being one of only three large dishes known to exist and the only one in private hands.
Watch a video of Mark Slaats, of Littleton and Hennessy, talking about the dish. Starts at 3 minutes, 40 seconds.
This dish was previously in the estate of Waltraud Hentschel, the wife of Jack Ellis, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings, Ontario, Canada and by descent from the estate of her mother, Sophia Johanna Hentschel. How it made its journey from the kilns of Jingdezhen to North America is unknown but we are thankful to its previous keepers for ensuring its survival.
We are thrilled to be exhibiting in our eighth TEFAF. Each year we look forward to returning to Limburg and the familiar surroundings of the MECC to see our friends.
Finally we would like to thank Regina Krahl for undertaking the research for this catalogue, sharing her expertise and our excitement in a true masterpiece of Chinese ceramic art and Yuen Chiu for her excellent translation of Regina’s essay.
Download exhibition catalogue (PDF 1.8 Mb)
Download catalogue cover (PDF 183k)