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 ... read more