A pair of yellow-glazed 'dragon' saucer dishes. Xuantong marks and period. Photo Sotheby's

each with rounded sides rising from a short foot, the interior incised with a five-clawed dragon in profile and a flaming pearl, similarly decorated to the exterior with two striding dragons in pursuit of flaming pearls amidst flame-scrolls, glazed overall in rich egg-yolk yellow, the base with a six-character Xuantong mark in underglaze aubergine. Quantity: 2  - 10.9cm., 4 1/4 in. Estimate 6,000-8,000 GBP

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. London | 09 Nov 2011 www.sothebys.com