ANTIQUE MING 17th century plate - spur marks~Good tone

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  • Item Category: Ethnic, Folk & Native American Art
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jul 06, 2009
  • Channel: Auction House

Up for auction is a Ming greyish-white glaze semi porcelain plate from the extensive collection of my late father-in-law John Allen Tabor (see below for provenance). 4 spur marks, deeply recessed foot. No chips, no cracks, original in the making imperfections in body and glaze. Measures 8 1/4" in diameter x 1 3/4" tall.

John Allen Tabor, a Foreign Service Officer with the United States Agency for International Development, amassed an impressive collection of more than 900 Southeast Asian ceramics during his second career in Southeast Asia in the 1960’s. Mr. Tabor [1917-1991] was born in Menifee County, Kentucky, and raised on a farm in Winchester, Kentucky. Tabor’s first year as a scholarship student at Wesleyan College in 1934 was cut short when he had to withdraw to help support his family. In 1936 he joined the Navy and was assigned to the Naval Hospital in Washington D.C. as a corpsman. After his tour of service, he joined the Naval Reserve in 1939 and resumed undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland which were interrupted a second time with a call to active duty in 1940.

Dad's twenty-one year naval career included a variety of assignments in the South Pacific theater during World War II, including China and Japan. He was assigned to the invasion of the Japanese Home Islands in 1945 and as part of the Occupation Army in Japan.

When stateside, he studied public health and sanitation at six universities before receiving his undergraduate degree in Microbacteriology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1957. He continued with graduate work t in the School of Public Health.

Dad retired from the Navy in 1961. He joined the Foreign Service and returned to Southeast Asia with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to help eradicate malaria in Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. Collector Tabor’s interest in Asian antiques began as a young man during World War II after acquiring temple relics from a Buddhist priest in China. He spoke many languages, including Chinese, Malay, Thai, Japanese and French. His collecting passion for Asian ceramics was fueled during these years of intense work and travel and Tabor accumulated ceramics from locals, dealers and pickers. His family called him "The Great Accumulator". Ceramics from Khmer, Vietnam, Thailand and Southern China are represented in Tabor’s vast collection. Forms include bowls, dishes, cups, kendis, figures, water droppers, jarlets, bottles and jugs in monochrome, celadon, overglaze enamels, and blue and white. The majority date from the 11th – 17th centuries.

Tabor kept meticulous records annotating in a notebook and on a small piece of masking tape affixed to each object, the date of purchase and whatever information known at that time.

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