An incides green-ground saucer dish. Wanli Mark And PeriodPhoto Sotheby's

the slightly rounded sides rising to a gently flaring rim, incised in the center with an archaic style four-sided gu-form vase containing three branches of flowering peony and two branches of flowering prunus, encircled by eight yellow-ground 'treasures' trailing aubergine ribbons, the underside with six lingzhi, six-character incised mark. Diameter 7 1/4 in., 18.5 cm. Estimate 60,000-80,000 USD. Lot Sold: 62,500 USD

PROVENANCE: Collection of Edward Arthur Lane (1909-1963), former keeper of the department of ceramics at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Collection of R.H.R. Palmer (1898-1970), no. 239.

EXHIBITED: Oriental Ceramic Society, The Arts of the Ming Dynasty, London, 1957, Catalogue, no. 208.

LITERATURE: Marchant, Ltd., Ming Porcelain, London, 2009, no. 45.

NOTE: Several dishes of this unusual group are known but of different sizes and varying considerably in the shape of the central vase and number and placement of flowering branches. A pair of slightly smaller dishes is illustrated in John Ayers, Chinese Ceramics in the Baur Collection, vol. 1, Geneva, 1999, p. 176, no. 105 (A206). Two similar but larger dishes in the Musée Guimet, Paris (G.2852), are illustrated in Daisy Lion-Goldschmidt, Ming Porcelain, London, 1978, p. 204, no. 203; and in the Percival David Foundation, illustrated in Oriental Ceramics, The World's Great Collections, Tokyo; New York, vol. 7, 1981, no 77 and vol. 6, 1982, no. 182.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art. New York | 20 Mar 2012