Dish, porcelain painted in underglaze blue with phoenixes and flowers, China, Yuan dynasty, mid 14th century. Height: 6.4 cm, Diameter: 41.3 cm. 102-1899. © V&A Images

Dish of porcelain, circular with foliated rim. Painted in underglaze blue with two phoenixes amid peonies and foliage in a central medallion, surrounded by a board band of lotus scroll and foliage, and on the rim is a diaper border. The outside has a row of rectangular panels with scroll designs.

Bibliographic ReferencesAyers, John. Far Eastern Ceramics in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Sotheby Parke Bernet, in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1980, Monochrome Plate No. 139

ExhibitionPassion for Porcelain: Ceramic Masterpieces from the British Museum and V&A (National Museum of China, Beijing 22/06/2012-06/01/2013)

NoteA very close example is in the Topkapi Saray Museum in Istanbul (Krahl 1986: 494, cat. 566)